Perimenopause and Menopause
Feel your best after 50
For years, menopause has gotten a bad rap. Magazine articles focus on the negative like hot flashes, night sweats, and mental fog. But for many women, menopause is a welcome time in life, accompanied by invigorating changes.
Aurora BayCare’s Women’s Health experts are here to be your resource before and after menopause. We’ll help you feel your best, whether you’re struggling with side effects or just checking to see if all this newfound energy is a normal part of the process!
Either way, consider us your partner in a happy, healthy menopause.
No More PeriodsMenopause occurs when you haven’t menstruated for 12 full months, and for most women that happens around age 50. Perimenopause, the transition leading up to menopause, typically begins four to five years earlier. During this stage, your ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, and you may experience irregular menstrual cycles.
In the end, menopause can be a liberating time. No more worry about sanitary supplies, leakage, cramps, or PMS. If you have uterine fibroids, those will typically shrink, also providing welcome relief.
Some women breeze through the whole transition, but most will experience at least some side effects. Hormonal changes can trigger a variety of challenges, from the annoying (hot flashes) to the more serious (increased risk of osteoporosis and, sometimes, depression.) We can help if you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms like these:
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
- Mental fatigue
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
Not every woman will experience these symptoms. But if you do, talk with the Women’s Health specialists at Aurora BayCare. We’ll help you develop expert strategies to relieve discomfort and enjoy this prime time.
Healthy Aging Through MenopauseBlame your menopausal symptoms on diminishing hormones. Estrogen protects a number systems in the body, and those hormones decline with menopause. That’s why this is an important time to review your overall health. Talk to you doctor about weight gain and potential risk for conditions like these:
- Urinary tract infections
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Loss of strength and muscle tone
- Skin changes, loss of elasticity
There’s a lot you can do—including diet, lifestyle changes, and medications—to reduce your symptoms and protect your long-term health. Regular exercise, mindful eating, and preventive care are more important now than ever.
Other treatment options may include:
- Hormone therapy
- Low-dose birth control
- High blood pressure medication
Talk to us about any challenges that come with menopause. We’ll help you review your options and manage the process with your sense of self and well-being intact.
Your “Zest” LifeAnthropologist Margaret Mead called it “post-menopausal zest” and many women agree, it’s real! You may find that, after menopause, you experience renewed energy, an enormous sense of freedom, and a profound sense of satisfaction. This is your time!
Menopause may trigger a desire to refocus on your own health. Our Women’s Health team can help you do just that, combining conventional and alternative approaches that take your whole person into account. Invest in some extra self-care and create the positive space you need to live your “zest” life:
- Bariatric surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Fitness assessments and personal training
- Massage therapy
- Mood and emotional health counseling
- Sleep counseling
Women’s Health, At All StagesThe medical professionals at Aurora BayCare are here for you at all stages. Our physicians have expertise in managing midlife health and any health risks associated with menopause.
Pay attention to your body and trust us with your concerns. Sometimes the symptoms of early-stage gynecologic cancer can mimic those of menopause. That’s why it’s important to talk with your doctor about all your symptoms and continue routine screenings.
If you have larger health concerns, we’ll work closely with referring doctors and specialists, including those in breast health, urogynecology, and gynecologic oncology to coordinate services and provide collaborative recommendations for your care.