Women’s health involves a lifetime of changes, from puberty to menopause. Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when the menstrual period stops. You may experience this gynecological condition naturally or after certain medical procedures.
You are considered postmenopausal after you have gone a complete year without a period. Most women are about 51 when this happens, though smoking can cause you to go through menopause a few years earlier.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, we diagnose menopause with humankindness and help you understand the symptoms with a philosophy of care, understanding, and respect. Find a Doctor for menopause treatment on the Central Coast today.
Understanding Menopause Symptoms at Dignity Health Central Coast
If you experience menopause naturally, your menopause symptoms will cause physical changes for up to eight years before you are fully through menopause. This time period is called perimenopause. If menopause is the result of a procedure, you may have more severe symptoms.
The symptoms of menopause vary and include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Night sweats
- Painful sex due to vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Lack of sex drive
You will continue to have symptoms as you age. Before menopause, your natural hormone levels of progesterone and estrogen went up and down to make you ovulate and menstruate. Menopause causes these hormones to drop, making your menstruation periods stop.
Personalized Treatment for Menopause
At Dignity Health Central Coast, we focus on providing compassionate, personal care to relieve your menopause symptoms. If your medical history and family background deem appropriate, you may receive hormone replacement therapies to reduce menopause symptoms.
Your women’s health care provider will suggest the following ideas to help you control symptoms and life a full, active life:
- Schedule your evening to get a better sleep schedule.
- Keep your bedroom cool with a fan.
- Layer your clothing to stay cool during hot flashes.
- Use lubricants to ease vaginal dryness.
- Exercise regularly for healthy weight.
- Relax to relieve stress.
Talk to a Dignity Health Central Coast doctor to discuss the importance of managing your bone density and medications as you navigate your menopause symptoms on the Central Coast. Dignity Health women’s health doctors provide personalized treatment for menopause throughout the California Central Coast.