If you’re waking up at night drenched in sweat or find that you’re more irritable than usual, you may be approaching menopause. At Women’s Care of Bradenton, serving Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, board-certified Arunachalam Jothivijayarani, MD, and her team of women’s health experts offer compassionate and effective menopause management services including bioidentical hormone therapy to ease your transition and help you maintain a healthy and active life.
What is menopause?
Menopause happens when your body stops releasing viable eggs, and you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Most women experience menopause between the ages of 48-55, although it can occur earlier or later.
When many women talk about menopause, they’re actually referring to the years before your period stops, known as perimenopause. This is when your body produces fewer hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. Your decreasing hormone levels cause the symptoms associated with menopause.
What are common menopause symptoms?
Every woman experiences menopause slightly differently. Not only do these symptoms occur on a spectrum of severity, but you may or may not have any of these symptoms during perimenopause and menopause. Most women aren’t able to notice the subtle symptoms of menopause, which can lead to some potential issues. While every woman experiences menopause differently, the usual symptoms are not to be taken lightly.
When your body changes as you approach menopause, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Irritability and mood swings
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Irregular and infrequent periods — until they stop altogether
- Mental fogginess
- Changes to libido
- Hair and skin become drier
- Vaginal atrophy
Managing menopause is somewhat of a challenge, but it’s definitely not an insurmountable obstacle. The doctor will usually create a custom program to help you manage your menopause, and as long as you follow their advice, you should go through it without any serious issues.
How are menopause symptoms managed?
Dr. Jothi and the team at Women’s Care of Bradenton provide customized care and treatments to help you manage your menopause symptoms and maintain a healthy and active life as you go through this change. We take a holistic approach to your wellness and want to help you transition to menopause with little disruption to your life and well-being.
For example, many women benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). When you have BHRT, Dr. Jothi prescribes a hormone supplement designed specifically to restore your hormonal balance. You have frequent appointments and blood work, and Dr. Jothi monitors your symptoms, hormone levels, and your overall health.
You may also benefit from estrogen supplements to combat some of the physical symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness. Estrogen supplements are usually provided in either a cream or vaginal ring.
Dr. Jothi and her team can also suggest alternative treatments like acupuncture or nutritional supplements to help manage your symptoms. Your doctor can also provide advice on how to adjust your diet and exercise habits as your body changes.
Every woman has unique experiences and needs as she goes through menopause. If you want to work with a doctor who takes time to listen to you and offers highly personalized advice and medical treatments to protect and improve your health, call Women’s Care of Bradenton or schedule a consultation online, today.