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Menopause Treatment & Symptoms
Posted on January 26, 2016 1:07 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
The changes that happen as some women age into their late thirties and forties tend to make it very challenging to enjoy life to the fullest.  Often, the changes they experience are due to menopause or perimenopause and can last for years if left untreated.  Perimenopause occurs prior to menopause and is characterized as the time where the ovaries start to produce less estrogen.
 
Each woman is different so the age where they experience menopause varies depending on a few factors but possibly none more influential than the age their mother experienced menopause.  Other factors that contribute to the onset of menopause include smoking, chemotherapy, ovarian surgery, and ethnicity.
 
Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?
 
The key is to inform women of the symptoms so they may be able to identify a change in patterns and seek treatment to avoid discomfort.  Frequently, the first symptom associated with the start of menopause is irregular intervals of bleeding.  As estrogen levels decrease, the female body will usually display a variety of symptoms as estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle and affects more than just the reproductive system.

The severity of symptoms associated with menopause greatly ranges from woman to woman.  Some women may experience more severe or longer-lasting symptoms while others could be lightly affected.  A few symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, and memory loss.  Are you experiencing these symptoms and eager for a change?
 
A Lifestyle Change That Benefits You
 
The frequency rate and degree of intensity that a woman goes through dealing with menopause can greatly influence their decision to seek treatment.  Many effective options in the form of medications and menopausal hormone therapy provide relief, but discuss the possible risks and benefits with a doctor ahead of time.  A consultation with Dr. Mac about menopause treatment in Indianapolis can reveal a treatment that is right for you!
 
David McLaughlin, MD