For women, menopause is inevitable at some point in your life. You'll become aware of some possibly uncomfortable symptoms, and it's good to know what the common signs of menopause are so you're prepared for the gradual transition into this stage of your life.
If you're nearing menopause, make an appointment with Dr. Inga Zilberstein at her office in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. Dr. Zilberstein has unparalleled experience in obstetrics and gynecology, and she offers helpful therapies for uncomfortable menopausal symptoms.
The facts on menopause
Menopause is your body's natural transition out of your childbearing years. Your body begins to make fewer of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as you don't need them for pregnancy as you get older.
Menopause isn't something that happens overnight. Perimenopause is the stage in which your body is transitioning into and preparing for menopause, and you may be in perimenopause for years with irregular menstrual cycles and uncomfortable symptoms.
Typically, perimenopause starts somewhere in your 40s or 50s, but it can happen earlier or later in certain circumstances. You're in menopause when you've not had your period for 12 consecutive months.
Once your hormones even out, your period stops, and you'll be in menopause. While the decreased hormones don't bother everyone, you may continue to have unbearable symptoms even after you've hit menopause.
Ten unmistakable signs of menopause
As you reach this stage, you'll undoubtedly notice. The bodily changes you experience are due to the significant fluctuation in your hormones.
When you're nearing menopause, there are several telltale signs that this change is right around the corner. Ten of the most common symptoms related to menopause are:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems
- Thinning hair
- Weight gain
- Dry skin
You may experience all of these symptoms or only a few at a time. Sometimes, you'll go through stretches when you're not bothered by menopause symptoms, while they're unbearable at other times.
You don't have to live with the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause forever. Dr. Zilberstein offers several effective treatments that address unpleasant menopausal symptoms.
Dealing with your symptoms
If you can't bear the night sweats and mood swings for one more day, Dr. Zilberstein can help. She can suggest lifestyle tips to help manage your symptoms, and she can prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease your body’s hormone fluctuations.
Adding exercise into your everyday routine and maintaining a healthy diet helps with some of the symptoms of menopause. Dr. Zilberstein also can provide tips on avoiding triggers for hot flashes, such as keeping your bedroom cool at night.
Dr. Zilberstein recommends bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) if lifestyle changes aren't enough to help you deal with your symptoms. BHRT is the most natural way to replace estrogen and progesterone during menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy is safe and effective when you take it as Dr. Zilberstein prescribes. This treatment comes in several different forms, including pills and creams.
Usually, Dr. Zilberstein recommends a combination of lifestyle changes and hormone replacement therapy to help you manage your menopausal symptoms.
To speak to Dr. Zilberstein about menopause symptoms and treatments, don't hesitate to call the office today or request an appointment using our convenient online booking tool.