The time in your life when you stop going through menstrual periods is known as menopause. This condition occurs when your ovaries stop making estrogen, the hormone responsible for controlling the menstrual cycle. The arrival of menopause marks the end of your reproductive years. Unfortunately, menopause can lead to unpleasant symptoms that may lead you to consider undergoing hormone replacement therapy to improve your quality of life.
The period leading up to menopause is known as perimenopause. Starting in your thirties and forties, the ovaries’ production of estrogen begins to fluctuate. This can lead to changes in your menstrual cycle, which may grow longer than normal or shorter. You may even begin to skip periods. The flow amount may grow lighter or heavier. One sign of trouble may be abnormal bleeding at this time.
Symptoms of Perimenopause
Not all women develop perimenopausal symptoms, and many only have mild symptoms. For others, the symptoms can be severe and include the following:
* Hot flashes: Hot flashes are a sudden experience of heat rushing to the face and upper body. They may last for several minutes or only a few seconds. Some women experience them only a few times each month, while others suffer them several times daily. Hot flashes that occur at night are known as night sweats that can interfere with your sleep and make you feel tired the following day.
* Sleep difficulty: Some women undergoing perimenopause have difficulty falling asleep, sleeping throughout the night, or experience night sweats that disrupt their sleep patterns.
* Urinary tract and vaginal changes: When estrogen levels are on the decline, the vaginal lining may grow thinner, less elastic, and drier. Dryness may lead to pain during intercourse. The urethra can become inflamed, dry, or irritated. This can lead to more frequent urination and raise the risk of developing a urinary tract infection.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Many women have undergone hormone replacement therapy to assist in relieving symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. If you are dealing with hot flashes or night sweats, the therapy has been found to be the best treatment for symptoms. It helps to relieve vaginal dryness and combat bone loss that typically develops in the early stages of menopause.
Contact Us Today to Get Started
If you feel that you would benefit from hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, schedule your consultation with us at Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa, located in Wayzata, MN. Find out more information about the therapy and how it can help you. Contact us today to book your appointment!