Menopause Care at Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology
Most women experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. And while menopause may be the end to a woman's childbearing years, women are living well past the age at which they experience it, and that has led to an increased need for menopause and post-reproductive care.
At Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology, we provide care for women before, during, and after menopause. You can learn more about our menopause care by viewing our video featuring Dr. Owen Montgomery and reading about our services below.
Causes of Menopause
Menopause is the point in a woman's life when her menstrual period permanently stops. This occurs naturally when a woman's ovaries stop making eggs and produce less estrogen and progesterone.
When a woman begins menopause, periods occur less often and eventually stop altogether. Sometimes this happens suddenly, but most of the time, periods slowly stop over time. The time leading up to menopause, during which periods can stop for a while and then start again, is known as perimenopause. The only way to know you've gone through menopause completely is when you have not had a period for one year. This is called postmenopause. Women who are postmenopausal can no longer get pregnant.
While menopause usually occurs naturally, there are certain medical and surgical conditions that can influence the timing. For example, the surgical removal of the ovaries, or an oophorectomy, in an ovulating woman will result in immediate menopause. Other medical and surgical conditions that may lead to menopause include:
- Cancer (cervical, endometrial, ovarian)
- Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
- Premature ovarian failure
Whether menopause begins naturally or as a result of medical or surgical conditions, you will likely experience some menopausal symptoms.
During menopause, hormone levels fluctuate which can cause physical and emotional symptoms. Like the timing of menopause, though, symptoms vary in type and severity from woman to woman.
Some common symptoms of menopause include:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Heart pounding or racing
- Skin flushing
- Trouble sleeping
- Weight gain and slowed metabolism
- Thinning hair and dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness
- Mood changes
- Night sweats
Symptom Relief and Treatment
While most women do not require medical treatment for menopausal symptoms, our gynecologists can provide relief if your symptoms become increasingly uncomfortable and interrupt daily life or cause additional health complications.
Our gynecologists provide the following treatment options to help with menopause symptom relief:
- Hormone therapy
- Diet and lifestyle changes
What Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology Can Do For You
Whether menopause occurs naturally or as a result of a medical or surgical condition, every woman will eventually enter her post-reproductive years. The timing and symptoms may vary, but when you're going through menopause, Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology is here to help.
Our gynecologists provide the following services for women going through menopause:
- Menopause evaluation
- Treatment of menopause symptoms
- Menopause education and support
To learn more about our menopause program and what our physicians can do for you, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology today.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.