What is menopause?
Menopause is a normal life-stage that the field of medicine defines as missing a period for 12 consecutive months. Menopause is a time of transition that not only marks the conclusion of your childbearing years but also creates significant changes in your body.
Your ovaries make less and less estrogen, and the level of other hormones in your body also wanes. Because these changes can be significant, this is an ideal time to consult with a practitioner at Artemis Menstrual Health and Gynecology.
The team assesses whether you’re in perimenopause, the stage before menopause, or menopause itself. They also offer lifestyle counseling and hormone therapy to help relieve menopausal symptoms that interfere with your quality of life.
What is menopausal hormonal therapy?
Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is the replacement of the sex hormones that are no longer produced by the ovaries after menopause. The therapy not only addresses menopausal symptoms, but also protects you against bone loss, and lessens your risk of colon cancer. There are several options including local and systemic therapy, depending on the symptoms.
As with any treatment, menopausal hormone replacement carries some potential risks. Your practitioner can discuss the risks and benefits when you visit Artemis Menstrual Health and Gynecology for a consultation.
What are the signs of menopause?
Some women feel just a few moderate menopausal symptoms, while others suffer from more troublesome symptoms. Menopausal symptoms may include:
More frequent urination
More urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Menopause also causes changes to your bones. The decline in estrogen leads to rapid bone loss in the initial 4-8 years after menopause. Too much bone loss, in turn, increases the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones.
Hormonal therapy, however, can rebalance your hormone levels by substituting the hormones your body no longer makes with plant-based ones.