Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops getting her period, and can no longer become pregnant.
Hormone levels fluctuate during and after perimenopause, as ovaries produce lower levels of the hormone estrogen. Menopause is over when a woman hasn’t had a period in one year.
Women typically begin the journey to menopause in their 40s, and this process -- also known as perimenopause -- can take 2-8 years. The average age for menopause in the United States is 52.
Due to hormone fluctuations, women often experience various symptoms during perimenopause and menopause:
Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a condition associated with decreased hormone levels and involves the vagina and bladder. Your doctor may diagnose you with GSM if you’re experiencing symptoms that don’t resolve over time, which may include:
Various treatments can help ease symptoms and health risks associated with menopause — including the genitourinary syndrome of menopause — such as:
If you’d like to stabilize hormone levels and reduce unpleasant symptoms of menopause, call the experienced team at Turner Medical Arts to schedule your appointment or book it online.