Menopause is a natural part of your life as a woman and is characterized by the end of your menstrual periods. You can also develop menopause due to a medical procedure or surgery. In these instances, your symptoms may be more intense, but are treated the same way as natural menopause.
The first stage of menopause (perimenopause) is a transitional phase, often characterized by physical changes that can last up to eight years. After you’ve gone through one year without having any periods, you are considered to be in postmenopause. Most women reach this stage around age 51. If you smoke, you may have menopause a few years earlier.
If you’d like to learn more about menopause in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, call (702) 616-4900 or Find a Doctor who provides women’s health services at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals.
The signs and symptoms of menopause often begin in the transitional phase of perimenopause and continue through postmenopause. Symptoms vary between women, but typically include:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness and painful sex
- Decreased sexual desire or response
- Night sweats
- Osteoporosis (thinning bones)
If you have one or more of these symptoms, talk with a woman’s health doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. We offer compassionate and personalized care at our San Martín, and Siena hospital campuses.
The primary cause of menopause is changing hormone levels within your body. The two main sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, naturally rise and fall each month, initiating ovulation and your menstrual cycle. As you age, these hormone level changes happen less frequently and eventually settle at low levels.
Menopause Treatment at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
There is no treatment for menopause, but St. Rose Dominican doctors offer a variety of options to help relieve symptoms if they become severe enough to interfere with your daily life. Your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy, vaginal estrogen, low-dose antidepressants, or medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis. Together with your doctor, you can decide which options might be best for you.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offer complete women’s health services, including care during menopause, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.