Menopause is inevitable. It’s a part of life for a woman. How it affects each woman is different. Some women will reach the point in their lives when their menstrual cycle is over without missing a beat. Others will feel like their world is falling apart. The symptoms of approaching menopause can be hard to take. When it feels like your body has gone completely out of control, menopause management can make a difference.
What Can Menopause Management Do for You?
Menopause management typically means having hormone replacement therapy to help you to restore balance in your body when your reproductive hormones have dropped in a dramatic way during the change of life. If your reproductive system is getting ready to shut down, it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process. It typically begins when you are in your 40’s and ends when you are in your 50’s. Some women may go through the process in their late 30’s. Others may not go through the final stage when their period has been over for a year until they are in their 60’s.
During this period in a woman’s life, it is common to experience the following symptoms:
- Vaginal changes, including dryness and irritation
- Changes in menstrual cycles, including no periods, spotting, or heavy periods
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Weight gain, especially around the midsection
- Little interest in intimacy
- Depression, irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
- Night sweats and hot flashes
If these symptoms have taken over your life, it can make you feel like you don’t know which way is up or down. Menopause management can help you to make sense of this difficult time.
How Does Menopause Management Work?
When you have a menopause management plan in place, your doctor will help you by prescribing hormone replacement therapy that is specifically tailored for you. That means you will be getting the dosage that your body needs to feel like yourself again. You will also choose which type of hormone replacement treatment you want. Some women prefer to have injections of hormones. Others like to wear a patch every day. Hormone pellets are a relatively recent development. They are inserted once every few months to make sure the hormones are released in your blood. With the proper dosage that is delivered consistently, your body will get back to where it should be. The end result is relief from all of your troubling symptoms.
Learn More About Menopause Management from Your Doctor
If you think that you are going through the early stages of menopause and you need help managing your symptoms, our team can help you. The first step is to make an appointment. Contact us today at the Institute for Women’s Health and schedule your consultation. We proudly serve San Antonio, Texas, from nine locations across the city.