What is menopause?
Menopause marks the permanent end of your menstrual cycles, which means you can no longer get pregnant. The time leading up to your final period is commonly referred to as “going through menopause,” but you don’t officially reach menopause until you haven’t had a period for 12 months straight.
The transitional phase before menopause is called perimenopause. During this time, the levels of hormones in your body rise and fall inconsistently. Hormone fluctuations often lead to hot flashes and other troublesome symptoms associated with menopause.
When does menopause happen?
The average age for women to reach menopause in the United States is 52, but this process doesn’t happen all at once. Perimenopause usually begins in your mid to late 40s and lasts an average of four years. This transition can last 2-8 years before your periods stop permanently.
What does the transition to menopause involve?
After menopause, your levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone decrease dramatically. These hormone levels also rise and fall randomly during perimenopause. Hormone fluctuations are responsible for many symptoms of menopause, including:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Trouble sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful sex
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased sexual interest
- Weight gain
Just because menopause is a natural transition doesn’t mean you have to suffer from these symptoms. The caring team of women’s health specialists at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami offers treatment for menopause symptoms.
How do you treat menopause symptoms?
First, your OB-GYN at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. They listen attentively as you describe your specific symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
The team at Lievano Perez Obstetrics and Gynecology of Miami offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with BioTE® pellets. These custom-made pellets release consistent amounts of hormones through tiny implants beneath your skin.
Hormone optimization helps you stay happy and healthy during the transition to menopause and after your periods stop. In addition to relief from menopause symptoms, you experience more energy, an enhanced sex drive, and increased mental clarity.