Menopause

Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

The transition to menopause is a certainty for all women. For some, the many changes related to menopause are disruptive and overwhelming. The staff at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, understands how difficult the menopause journey can be and offers comprehensive, compassionate care to relieve the worst of your symptoms. Whether you need hormone therapy or a trusted professional to answer your questions, rely on the Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, team. Find relief from menopause-related symptoms by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural phase of every woman’s life when menstruation stops for good. You will no longer get a monthly period or bear any children. To be considered in menopause, you must go 12 consecutive months without a period.

While many women transition to menopause in their 50s, some women begin experiencing issues in their 30s during perimenopause, the months or years leading up to menopause.

Throughout perimenopause, your reproductive hormone levels start declining. This decline isn’t always at a smooth, steady pace. As a result, you can experience a variety of symptoms that affect your physical, mental, and emotional health.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause affects every woman differently. Some reach menopause without a single symptom, while others experience a number of symptoms that last months or years and are severe enough to interfere with their quality of life. 

A hallmark symptom of menopause is a change in your periods. They may become shorter or longer, or not occur for months at a time. Periods may also become much lighter or heavier than normal.

Other common menopause-related symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Increased hair loss
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Depression and anxiety

Because the loss of reproductive hormones, like estrogen, causes changes in your vaginal health, many women also notice a change in their sex drive or experience pain during sex. 

A lack of estrogen can also weaken the vaginal tissues that support your bladder, resulting in unexpected urine leaks, known as urinary incontinence.

How is menopause treated?

There’s no way to prevent menopause, but with the help of the Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, medical team, you can cope with the many changes in your body more effectively. 

Your provider carefully listens to your symptoms and how they impact your life. After an evaluation of your overall health and blood work to assess your hormone levels, the Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC team creates a treatment plan customized to your needs.

Some women are good candidates for hormone replacement therapy, a treatment designed to restore the balance of your hormone levels. 

Once your hormones level out, you can find relief from symptoms like night sweats and hair loss. The medical team offers birth control and bioidentical hormones, both effective methods for rebalancing your natural hormone levels.

The Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, staff also provides resources and referrals to address your mental and emotional health. You may benefit from low-dose antidepressants, diet changes, and lifestyle modifications to improve your overall health and wellness.

There’s no reason to suffer from severe menopause symptoms. Schedule a consultation at Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, today by phone or using the online booking feature.

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