Menopause is a process that usually starts in midlife but can affect women for the rest of their lives. Peter L. Stevenson, MD, of Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC, is an experienced and highly qualified OB/GYN who provides a range of effective treatment solutions for the common symptoms of menopause to patients in the Dearborn area of Michigan, and supports women’s health into their later years. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.
Menopause is a process that starts when women are in their 40s and continues into later life.
There are several phases of menopause, starting with the initial slowing down of hormone production from your 30s onwards, through perimenopause when hormone production begins to fluctuate more severely, and into menopause, when hormone production slows right down and stops, meaning you’re no longer able to bear children.
Estrogen and progesterone, the female sex hormones produced by your ovaries, are gradually reduced by your body during menopause. These hormones are responsible for reproduction and fertility, regulating ovulation and the entire menstrual cycle, and influencing your sex drive.
As you enter perimenopause, the production of estrogen and progesterone becomes erratic, causing an imbalance that can result in the symptoms some women experience.
Your periods are likely to become irregular at this stage, becoming more frequent, less frequent, or a combination, until they finally stop altogether. Menopause officially starts when you haven’t had a period for at least 12 months.
There are a variety of possible symptoms associated with menopause, and you may have one, some, or all of them. Typical menopausal symptoms include:
Many women experience few symptoms or only mild effects from menopausal hormone imbalance. However, some women find perimenopause and menopause a considerable challenge.
Dr. Stevenson can help by creating a customized treatment program that addresses all your symptoms and provides effective treatments that are appropriate for your particular needs.
One of the most effective approaches to dealing with menopausal symptoms is to lead a healthy lifestyle and take good care of your mental and physical well-being. Lifestyle has a significant impact on how well your body manages menopause, and you’re likely to find your symptoms are worse if you:
Dr. Stevenson can help you make changes to your lifestyle, such as losing weight and quitting smoking, which form the foundation of being able to manage menopause successfully.
Medications are also available if you’re experiencing severe menopausal symptoms. Hormone therapy is the primary approach to treatment, and Dr. Stevenson can discuss the various options and assess your suitability for hormone therapy at your consultation.
To find out more about managing your menopause, call Dearborn Obstetrics & Gynecology PC today, or book an appointment online.