For numerous women, menopause can come with many uncomfortable symptoms as well as physical and emotional changes. At Axmann & Whitaker Gynecologic Associates our physicians are able to help women navigate through this stage of life by offering many different treatment options. Dr. Brenda Axmann and Dr. Mary Whitaker are certified Menopause Practitioners through the North American Menopause Society, the leading independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond.
Menopause is a natural and normal event that occurs during a woman’s life when she has stopped menstruating. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for at least 12 consecutive months (in the absence of other obvious causes). Menopause is caused by a decrease of the functionality of the ovaries, resulting in the ovaries no longer producing eggs and decreased production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Typically menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Annual well woman exams are beneficial in helping determine whether or not a woman is entering menopause.
The symptoms of menopause will differ from woman to woman. Some women experience no symptoms at all while others may experience multiple symptoms. The following symptoms may accompany menopause:
Since menopause is a natural process that the body goes through, treatment involves addressing any symptoms women are experiencing. One treatment is hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) which involves the prescription of medication containing estrogen or progesterone. HRT medications are prescribed to replace the hormones that are deficient within the ovaries and can come in the form of pills, patches, insertable pellets, or creams. Each patient’s symptoms and individual needs will determine the most effective treatment plan.