Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having periods. The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause.
Symptoms of Menopause
One of the most common signs that menopause is approaching is a change in your menstrual periods.
You may skip one or more periods. Your flow may be lighter or heavier and flow may last a shorter or longer time than is usual for you.
What to Expect
Menopause is a natural part of aging. The lower amounts of estrogen made by your ovaries will cause changes to your body. The intensity and duration of these changes varies from woman to woman.
Some common experiences include:
- Hot Flashes
- Sleep Problems
- Vaginal, Urinary Tract and Skin Changes
- Bone Loss
- Emotional Changes
When To See a Doctor
It is important to see your doctor in the years leading up to menopause (perimenopause) and the years after menopause (postmenopause) to keep up you’re your routine health care and take advantage of testing that can help prevent or detect health problems early.
Many women in Dover, NH, and surrounding New Hampshire and Maine communities have been supported through this time in their life by providers at Garrison Women’s Health Center.
Call us today to make an appointment to discuss your concerns about menopause.