Menopausal Symptoms Treated by our New Jersey Practice
Menopause is a “change of life” process that women go through when their reproductive period of menstruating and ovulating ends. Every woman has different experiences with menopause, and some medical conditions share similar symptoms with this life change. As such, you should consult your doctors about your menopause experience to properly manage your symptoms. Vanguard Medical Group strives to improve women’s health overall in New Jersey, educating patients about the common symptoms and complications of menopause.
As menopause is a significant change in your life, some of the symptoms will be more apparent. While no two women have the same menopausal experience, the following symptoms are common for many people:
- Hot flashes affect over 75% of women and are one of the most widely recognized symptoms. They consist of random episodes of heat and sweating that vary in intensity and frequency depending on the woman.
- Night sweats occur while you sleep. Waking up in damp clothes or sheets is a sign you are experiencing night sweats.
- Insomnia is insufficient sleep and may result from frequent night sweats. It can also cause anxiety and depression.
- Reduced libido may occur as your body stops producing hormones during menopause. Vaginal dryness and tightness may also come with a decreased sex drive, which can make sex painful.
- Mood changes/irritability also may occur.
Stages of Menopause
While menopause typically occurs when women are in their late 40s or early 50s, it doesn’t happen all at once. There are separate stages with distinct symptoms, including:
Before menopause officially begins, you may notice your menstrual periods occur irregularly. You might be skipping periods if they happen less often. You may also encounter a heavier or lighter flow. Some women may experience symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes, during this phase. Once you stop menstruating for an entire year, you are officially in menopause.
You may be relieved of your menopausal symptoms once you enter the postmenopause stage. However, many women do have ongoing symptoms. Your risk for other medical conditions can also increase.
Complications of Menopause
Menopause can be associated with other medical issues or complications. However, you should not assume your symptoms are caused by menopause without consulting with your doctor, as menopause and other medical conditions can present themselves in a similar fashion. To avoid making this mistake, be aware of the following complications that can occur with menopause:
Menopause leads to a lack of estrogen, which diminishes bone density. This effect can increase a woman’s risk for osteoporosis and subsequent bone fractures.
If you have pain during sex, you may have vulvovaginal atrophy. This medical issue is characterized by vaginal inflammation and dryness and can be caused by a lack of estrogen
Urinary Burning, Frequency, and Incontinence
Urinary problems are common symptoms of menopause. You may urinate more often, experience a burning sensation when urinating, or have less control over your bladder. An overactive bladder or urinary tract infection may also cause these symptoms.
Receive the Proper Menopausal Care at Vanguard Medical Group
Menopause can be overwhelming, but discussing your symptoms with a trusted doctor provides reassurance. At Vanguard Medical Group, we recognize that women have distinct health care needs and look through a gender-specific lens to address specific medical issues. Our goal is to help women prioritize their health amidst their other responsibilities with thorough, integrated care.