You have reached the milestone of being 40 years old and you are starting to experience changes in your body. You thought you were used to the rollercoaster that your reproductive hormones have taken you on over the years; as a woman, it’s a part of life. The rollercoaster begins with your first menstrual cycle and continues over the years, through pregnancies and more, until you approach menopause. You’re sure to have many questions about menopause and this point in life because you want to understand what is going on with your body and know what to expect. Your annual exam is your perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
Understand What Menopause is All About
Menopause is the stage when your reproductive system is getting ready to shut down. As a result, your estrogen and progesterone levels will begin to drop. For some women, the drop is so gradual that they don’t notice the change, but for others it can be severe. Regardless of what is going on in your body, there are typical symptoms that you can expect. Mood swings may become more prominent at this point in your life, throwing you for a loop even though there is no apparent reason for emotional outbursts. You may feel on edge and more stressed than usual. Hormone fluctuations often cause hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia. You may find that you are exhausted regardless of how much sleep you get. Weight gain is also typical. A loss of libido is another common side effect of drops in your hormones. Your vaginal health may be affected as well; the tissues of the vagina become thinner and a lack of lubrication can be a problem. You may experience dryness and irritation that can be extreme; it could feel like you have a urinary infection. The irritation can extend to the urethra, causing bouts of female incontinence.
What Can You Do About Menopause?
During your annual exam, our doctor will evaluate your symptoms to determine if you are in fact experiencing problems that are due to menopause or if you have another underlying condition. A blood test may be taken to check your hormone levels. Our doctor will also perform regular tests. While you are being checked, you can ask our doctor about solutions for your symptoms. Something as simple as an estrogen cream may bring you relief for vaginal discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy may be another alternative to help you feel like yourself again. In addition, lifestyle changes, such as modifications in your diet, could assist you as well.
Schedule Your Annual Exam Today
The most important thing you can do to prepare for menopause is see a doctor like ours at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery and Spa. Be sure to make your annual appointment and ask questions. Don’t ignore your symptoms and hope that they will go away. You can find relief for the problems that are bringing you down. Take charge of your body and don’t let your hormones get the best of you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at our office in Wayzata!