Menopause is a life-changing transition that can be physically and emotionally challenging for women in the months or years leading up to it. The board-certified OB/GYN physicians at Mott Women Healthcare in New York City provide gynecological care for women of all ages, including those dealing with symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, and beyond. If you’re struggling with the physical changes of each stage of menopause, call the office in to schedule an appointment with one of the compassionate and knowledgeable gynecologists to learn about available treatments.
Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. During this time, your body goes through physical changes as your periods gradually become lighter and then stop altogether.
As you get older, your ovaries produce less estrogen, which brings on the physical and emotional changes of menopause. During perimenopause, you begin to have irregular periods, experience heavier or lighter flow, or skip periods altogether.
In rare cases, perimenopause can last up to 10 years, but for most women in the United States, symptoms begin about four years before your last period and can continue up to four years beyond. Typically, you’re in menopause after 12 consecutive months without having a period. Most women experience perimenopause and menopause during their mid-40s to early 50s. The median age for menopause in the United States is 51.
For many women, symptoms range from mild to irritating and are emotionally stressful. Common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause can include:
Making healthy lifestyle choices, like improving your diet and exercise routine and getting enough sleep, can help alleviate some symptoms of menopause. Taking time to manage stress is also helpful during this time in your life.
After menopause, when your periods have stopped, is the end of your reproductive years and means you’ll be unable to get pregnant. This period of your life known as post-menopause can involve changes in your overall health and wellness as a result of lower hormone levels. You could be at higher risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke.
Many women experience continued vaginal dryness, as well, which can make sex painful. Fortunately, there are remedies and treatments to help you after menopause.
The caring team at Mott Women Healthcare helps women of all ages manage symptoms before, during, and after this life transition. Call the office or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.