A woman’s health typically has one major turning point: menopause. It often isn’t a fun or comfortable time, and if you are experiencing unpleasant menopause symptoms, then you may be looking forward to post-menopause. When symptoms like hot flashes fade, however, there are other concerns and discomforts that rise to take their place. Be prepared by learning what to expect and what you can do about it.
Dr. Quinn of L.A. Quinn M.D. is a dedicated healer and a passionate advocate for women. She wants to help you stay healthy and vibrant no matter your age, which is why our office provides a number of health and wellness services to keep you looking and feeling young, including specialized treatments for postmenopausal women. Continue reading to learn what challenges you may face as you enter the postmenopausal stage of your life and call L.A. Quinn M.D. today to learn more about your treatment options! We look forward to getting to know you.
What is Menopause?
Before we dive in, let’s define some important terms. Menopause, for one, is a widely recognized term, and many women have ideas of what it means and what it can bring. To be clear, menopause is more of an event than a stage of life, although it is hard to pinpoint. Menopause marks the point in time in which a woman’s ovaries stop producing eggs, she stops experiencing her period, and the overall levels of estrogen in her body drop. This often occurs between the ages of 40 and 50. Perimenopause symptoms, which can include uncomfortable hot flashes and insomnia, usually begin several years beforehand. The stage of post-menopause is typically diagnosed once a woman hasn’t had a period for a year or more.
Lower levels of estrogen in the body can come with unfortunate consequences. For example, postmenopausal women are at higher risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. Many also experience changes in their mental health as well as their physical health, and may be diagnosed with depression or other conditions. The most awkward topic of all is the change in a postmenopausal woman’s vaginal health. It is not uncommon for a woman to experience dryness, discomfort, or even pain during sex. Remember to speak to your doctor if you notice changes to your mental or physical health, because there are steps you can take to combat these symptoms.
Post-Menopause Treatment Options
There are numerous ways you can keep disease and discomfort at bay. Lifestyle changes are one way to make a difference. You can start small, such as adding more calcium-rich foods to your diet and implementing calcium supplements as a part of your daily routine, which can help protect you from bone density loss and lower your risk for osteoporosis. There are also certain procedures that may alleviate any discomfort you experience. For example, L.A. Quinn M.D. offers MonaLisa Touch, a vaginal rejuvenation procedure that uses laser therapy to help restore vaginal health and reduce pain and irritation. You may also want to talk to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy, which can help address the problems associated with low estrogen.
As you enter this new stage of your life, remember that aging is what you make it. Dr. Quinn here in Jax Beach is dedicated to helping you live your best life, no matter what stage of life you are in, and L.A. Quinn M.D. offers a variety of health and wellness treatments to help you tackle post-menopause with grace. Learn more about the MonaLisa Touch procedure, explore bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Quinn for a personalized consultation. Live the body you love — call L.A. Quinn M.D. today!