Each woman's experience is different during menopause, but up to two-thirds have hot flashes and nearly half of all women develop vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. Dr. Edward S. Wagner has years of experience helping women with menopause symptoms, working with them to create a menopause management plan that relieves symptoms and improves their overall health. Don't continue to suffer through menopause, call Dr. Wagner's office in Hollywood, Florida, or book an appointment online today.
Your ovaries begin producing less estrogen in the years before you reach menopause. During this time, called perimenopause, you may notice a change in your menstrual periods, although the changes are different for each woman. Your periods may become longer, shorter, heavier, lighter, or irregular.
Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop releasing eggs and estrogen levels stabilize at a very low level. You’re considered to be in menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Menopause can begin any time after the age of 40, but the average onset occurs at 51 years.
The symptoms caused by menopause can begin during perimenopause and last for years after you reach menopause. Symptoms may be mild or nonexistent for some women and intolerable for others. Menopause symptoms include:
Estrogen maintains the health of tissues that line your vagina. When estrogen levels drop, vaginal walls become dry, thin, and less elastic. This condition, called vaginal atrophy, affects about half of all women after menopause.
Vaginal atrophy is responsible for menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. It may also cause vaginal burning and itching or bleeding after intercourse.
Estrogen affects the health of many tissues and structures throughout your body. It influences the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in your skin, substances responsible for strength and hydration. It also helps regulate bone metabolism and maintains elasticity in your blood vessels.
When estrogen levels decline, you’re at a higher risk for developing:
Dr. Wagner develops a menopause management plan based on the severity of your symptoms and your overall health. After evaluating your medical history, Dr. Wagner may determine you’re a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
HRT is safe for the majority of menopausal women and it’s the most effective way to restore estrogen levels back to normal. HRT treats your menopause symptoms, including vaginal atrophy, and prevents future health problem like osteoporosis.
If your periods have changed or you have any menopausal symptoms and would like help, please call or use the online booking feature to schedule an exam.