Menopause is an experience all women go through, usually between the ages of 40 and 50. It can last anywhere from a couple of years to over a decade. But what is menopause, really?
There are actually three distinct stages of menopause — perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. During perimenopause, your menstrual periods will likely become irregular and less frequent. You may begin to experience symptoms commonly associated with menopause, such as mood fluctuations, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes.
At this point, you should visit a gynecologist. Speaking with a reproductive health professional can be immensely beneficial for many women looking to treat menopausal symptoms such as those listed above and:
- Weight gain.
- Decrease in sex drive.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Bone weakness.
- Anxiety and depression.
How to Prepare for Menopause
As you prepare to enter this midlife transition period, it’s essential to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Your physician can help you when symptoms arise, and you can take steps to lessen your symptoms’ severity before perimenopause.
For most women, menopause symptoms are mild or infrequent. However, no two women go through the same menopause experience. To minimize your symptoms, consider taking better care of yourself through:
- Exercise: During perimenopause, your metabolism will start slowing down and your bone density may decrease. Exercise can help keep both of these symptoms in check.
- Nutrition: Improving your diet can help ease menopause symptoms. Calcium and vitamins B, D and E are especially important during this stage.
- Mental health care: Women going through menopause are three times more likely to fall into a depressive episode. Keep note of your mental well-being and visit a mental health professional if you notice significant changes.
Finally, it can be helpful to know what treatment options will be available for you in the future. Hormone therapy, lubricants, talk therapies and alternative remedies such as yoga and meditation are all options you can discuss with your doctor when the time comes.
Learn More at Mile High OB/GYN
To learn more about the stages of menopause and the potential symptoms, contact the professionals at Mile High OB/GYN. Some women want to treat their symptoms, and others may still want to get pregnant. Your doctor will ask you about your treatment goals and move forward from there.
Call one of our offices today to set up your visit or book your appointment online.