The years leading up to and encompassing menopause mark a significant change in a woman’s life. If you’re making the transition to menopause and experiencing symptoms or have questions, the expert staff at Reston Women’s Center is ready to help. If you live in Reston, Virginia or the surrounding area, call the office or book online to schedule a menopause consultation and exam or for guidance and support during this transition.
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Menopause and Peri-Menopause Q & A
What are Perimenopause and Menopause?
Perimenopause is the transition to menopause, the years before your period ceases entirely. Your ovaries produce different levels of progesterone and estrogen during perimenopause, causing changes in your body. Perimenopause usually begins in your late 40s but can start in your early 40s or even your 30s.
Menopause marks the time that you’ve gone without a menstrual cycle for a full year. The average age of menopause in the United States is 52. Perimenopause typically starts about four years prior.
What are the Symptoms of Perimenopause?
You may be familiar with the most common symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. Other common issues that come along with this transition to menopause include:
- Vaginal dryness
- Sexual disinterest
- Painful intercourse
- Breast tenderness
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Mood swings and trouble sleeping
How Can I Be Sure I’m in Perimenopause?
The team at Reston Women’s Center can evaluate your symptoms, medical history, and age to make a diagnosis. They may confirm it with a blood test to look at your hormone levels, too.
Can I Get Pregnant While in Perimenopause?
Your fertility levels may drop during perimenopause, but you can still get pregnant. If you’re sexually active, talk to your doctor at Reston Women’s Center about appropriate birth control. If you’re looking to get pregnant, ask your doctor for tips on improving your chances.
How are the Uncomfortable Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause Treated?
The staff at Reston Women’s Center can coach you on lifestyle habits, such as nutrition, exercise, moderation of alcohol, supplements, and sleep strategies, to help you feel better.
They may also offer hormone therapy or low-dose birth control pills to help even out your estrogen levels to reduce symptoms. Lubricants and counseling can help you with sexual issues, too.
What Health Issues Should I Be Concerned with After Menopause?
You won’t have to worry about pregnancy, fertility, or PMS, but other health issues may become more prominent. With the decline in hormone production, you’re at higher risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke. Plus, you may have chronic vaginal dryness and thinning skin, which affects your sex life and overall comfort.
Receive the best guidance during your transition into perimenopause and menopause. Schedule a consultation with the staff at Reston Women’s Center by calling the office or booking online.