Health and Wellness Center located in Madison, MS
Menopause is an inevitable part of a women’s life cycle. Let Ovation Wellness in Madison, Mississippi help you navigate this health challenge. Come in and discuss your symptoms and concerns with the all-female staff. They’ll help you develop a treatment plan that makes your transition go as smoothly as possible.
What is menopause?
While menopause is defined as not having a period for 12 months (basically the end of your menstrual cycles), you may, and in our experience, will very likely start to have some menopausal symptoms in your 30s and 40s. Even your labs may be "normal" but that doesn't mean that you are not having some peri-menopause. Although the average age of menopause in the United States is 51-52, the symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, irritable emotional changes, vaginal dryness, decreasing sex drive, joint pain, and lethargy (among other "weird" symptoms), may start any time before then. Our thought is this, we don't care if you're in "full-blown menopause", we see thousands of women with different complaints that may respond to some hormonal therapies so we do what's best for you. We listen to your complaints, check lab panels and do tests to help guide therapies, and we treat you in ways that attempt to improve, and hopefully alleviate, these bothersome symptoms. So, if you've been told that you're "too young for menopause" or "it's all in you head", don't believe it. Come to Ovation and get another opinion.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Symptoms of menopause may include some (or all) of the following:
- Changes in your cycle
- Duration and/or volume of bleeding with periods may change
- Duration between periods may change
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sex drive
- Mood swings
- Anger, many times focused toward your loved ones
- Difficulty focusing
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Skin changes
- Weight gain, especially around your tummy or "middle"
- Difficulty losing weight
How can these symptoms be managed?
Hormone therapy is a viable way to help manage symptoms and prevent bone loss. If you have concerns about taking hormones, have a frank discussion with the providers at Ovation Women's Wellness. They can help you weigh the pros and cons and make the right decisions for your health. You can also discuss lifestyle strategies to deal with your menopause symptoms.
What are some health concerns around menopause?
As your hormones change and you produce less estrogen, you become more susceptible to osteoporosis and heart disease. It's extremely important to be on top of your health during menopause so you can monitor and manage these conditions.
Can I still get pregnant?
If you are really in menopause (and we will check your labs to be sure), you cannot get pregnant. But, up until this point - even if your periods are spaced far apart and are infrequent, the possibility exists. It's prudent to discuss appropriate birth control with us at Ovation Women's Wellness, if you want to prevent pregnancy. And remember, even though you may not need birth control in menopause, you can still get a sexually-transmitted disease so be careful with unprotected intercourse when outside of a stable and trusting relationship.