Menopause is the time in your life when you naturally stop having menstrual periods. Menopause happens when the ovaries stop making estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that helps control the menstrual cycle. Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years. The average age that women go through menopause is 51 years.
Most women do not need treatment of menopausal symptoms. Some women find that their symptoms go away by themselves, and some women just don’t find the symptoms very uncomfortable. But if you are bothered by symptoms, there are many ways to deal with them, including medications and lifestyle changes. At Virginia Center for Women, we are here to guide you through the various treatment options.
You may find it hard to decide about treatment options like menopausal hormone replacement therapy because of the possible side effects. Talk to one of our providers about the possible risks and benefits so you can choose what’s best for you. No one treatment is right for all women.
When you meet with one of our providers to discuss treatment options, we will discuss issues such as:
• Your symptoms and how much they bother you. Common symptoms include vaginal dryness, hot flashes, problems sleeping, mood swings, and memory problems
• Your personal risks based on your age, your overall health, and your risk for diseases such as heart disease or cancer
• Whether you have used a treatment like menopausal hormone therapy before
• Whether you have already gone through menopause and, if so, how long ago