Remedy Now Health Care offers menopause management as part of their women’s health and wellness services in Milwaukee, WI. Here, our board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Dr. Danish Siddiqui provides answers to some frequently asked questions about menopause, its symptoms, and effective management strategies.

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that occurs when a woman has not had a menstrual period for twelve consecutive months. It signifies the end of fertility and is diagnosed retrospectively after a woman experiences the cessation of her periods. The transition typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

What Are The Common Symptoms Of Menopause?

Menopause can bring a variety of symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood changes, sleep disturbances, and weight gain. The intensity of these symptoms can vary widely among women. Some women may experience mild symptoms, while others may find them significantly impacting their daily life.

What Causes Menopause Symptoms?

The primary cause of menopause symptoms is the decrease in the production of the hormone’s estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries. This hormonal change affects the entire endocrine system and can lead to the various physical and emotional symptoms associated with menopause.

How Can Menopause Symptoms Be Managed?

There are several strategies for managing menopause symptoms, including lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), non-hormonal medications, and alternative therapies. Lifestyle changes might include diet modifications, regular exercise, and stress reduction techniques. HRT can be particularly effective for relieving hot flashes and vaginal symptoms but is not suitable for everyone. It is important to discuss the benefits and risks with a healthcare provider.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?

HRT can be a safe and effective treatment for many women experiencing menopausal symptoms, but it is not without risks. The decision to use HRT should be made on an individual basis, considering personal health history and the severity of symptoms. Discussing with a healthcare provider can help determine if HRT is an appropriate treatment option.

Can Menopause Affect Mental Health?

Yes, the hormonal changes during menopause can impact mental health, contributing to mood swings, anxiety, depression, and irritability. It is important for women experiencing these symptoms to seek support from healthcare providers, who may recommend therapy, medication, or lifestyle changes to help manage mental health during this transition.

What Lifestyle Changes can Help Manage Menopause Symptoms?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle can significantly help manage menopause symptoms. This includes eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, quitting smoking, and practicing stress-reduction techniques like yoga or meditation.

Are There Any Natural Remedies for Menopause Symptoms?

Some women find relief from menopause symptoms through natural remedies and alternative treatments, such as phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) and acupuncture. However, the potential interaction of natural supplements with prescribed medications can be cause for concern, so it is important to consult with a women’s health specialist before starting any natural remedies.

Contact Us to Learn More

To learn more about managing menopause symptoms we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddiqui. The doctor is a co-founder of the practice and has specialized in women’s health for over twenty-five years. Menopause is a significant life transition that comes with its own set of challenges, but understanding and managing the symptoms can improve one’s quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms effective help is available. Do not suffer in silence, wondering if you are ever going to feel like yourself again, contact Remedy Now Health Care today and take control of your menopause symptoms.