For women, menopause is a normal part of the aging process. Unfortunately, the changes that occur in your body in the years leading up to menopause may cause symptoms that affect your daily life. The team at North Atlanta Women's Specialists, with an East Cobb office in Marietta, Johns Creek office in Duluth, and Northside and Midtown offices in Atlanta, Georgia, features experts in women’s health and the management of menopause. The team develops individualized treatment plans to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. To schedule your menopause evaluation, contact the office nearest you by phone or book online today.
Menopause, also called the change of life, marks the end of a woman’s fertility. You reach menopause when you go 12 consecutive months without your period. Most women in the United States reach menopause around age 50.
However, before menopause, you go through a transitional period called perimenopause. During perimenopause, the production of estrogen slows down, and you start to experience irregularities in your menstrual cycle, as well as the many symptoms associated with menopause. Perimenopause may last months or years.
Women experience a range of symptoms that may vary in type and severity. Though some women have no difficulty managing their menopause symptoms, others may find that their symptoms disrupt their daily life.
Common menopause symptoms include:
In addition to the physical symptoms, your decreasing estrogen levels also increases your risk of developing chronic health conditions such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and breast cancer.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to see the team at North Atlanta Women's Specialists for menopause management. During the consultation, your doctor reviews your medical and gynecological history and symptoms, and then conducts a physical and pelvic exam.
They may also run lab work to check your hormone levels.
Your doctor individualizes menopause treatment based on your symptoms and medical history. Your treatment plan may include:
Your treatment plan may also include diet and exercise recommendations to help you manage weight and improve overall health and wellness.
Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment for alleviating menopause symptoms and may protect you from developing other related chronic diseases.
However, you may have concerns about hormone therapy for the management of your menopause symptoms due to research that links the treatment to heart disease and breast cancer.
To alleviate symptoms and minimize risk, the team at North Atlanta Women's Specialists prescribes hormone therapy at the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time. They may also suggest alternative treatments if you have a personal or family history of heart disease or breast cancer.
Menopause is a natural part of your aging process; however, the symptoms may be difficult to manage. For expert menopause counseling and treatment, call North Atlanta Women's Specialists or use the online tool to schedule a consultation.