Menopause

Premier Women's Care of Southwest Florida -  - OB/GYN

Premier Women's Care of Southwest Florida

OB/GYNs located in Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres & Fort Myers, FL

Menopause is a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t make symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness feel any better. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, the expert providers can guide you through this change and help alleviate side effects as well as minimize future health challenges. Call one of the three locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, or Lehigh Acres, Florida to learn more about how the practice can help you navigate menopause.

Menopause Q & A

What is Menopause?

Menopause marks the time when you have gone a full year without a cycle and your ovaries stop releasing an egg every month. It’s a normal part of aging and can happen anytime after the age of 40. In some cases, however, a woman may go through menopause because of surgery or damage to the ovaries due to cancer treatment.

What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause begins several years prior to actual menopause. It’s when your body starts making less of the female hormone estrogen, but during perimenopause, your body still releases eggs, and you are able to get pregnant.

The erratic estrogen levels during perimenopause cause a number of symptoms women associate with menopause. These include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Fatigue and moodiness
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness and painful sex
  • Irregular periods

 

At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, the team of OB/GYNs offer therapies and lifestyle recommendations to help you deal with these uncomfortable symptoms.

How Do I Know I Am Going Through Menopause?

You can usually figure out you’re going through menopause by your symptoms and age. However, the doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida can confirm changes in estrogen with a simple blood test.

What Health Concerns Accompany Menopause?

As a woman passes through menopause and becomes post-menopausal, she is at greater risk of some health concerns. These include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Poor muscle power and tone
  • Heart disease
  • Increased wrinkling due to diminished skin elasticity

 

The team at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida can monitor you for risk of these health conditions and offer therapies to minimize your risk.

How is Menopause Treated?

Menopause is a natural condition and can’t be halted, but treatments can minimize symptoms so you feel better. Hormone therapies in the form of creams, patches, and pills can help regulate your estrogen and progesterone levels.

Not everyone is a candidate for hormones, however, and in these cases, the doctors at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida may recommend plant-based supplements, vaginal estrogen creams to combat dryness, or lifestyle changes to help ease your discomfort.

To learn more about managing menopause, call Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida, or book an appointment online.