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Menopause. The change that every woman knows is coming.
With these tips, you can be prepared and know what to expect so you can go through the change like a pro.
It is the cessation of menstruation for 12 or more months in the absence of any other cause. The average age of menopause is 51, but women will experience symptoms years or months prior during the peri-menopausal period.
Eighty percent of women will experience hot flashes, but only 20 to 30 percent of women will see her physician about them.
If untreated, the hot flashes will stop on average after 5 years, but 9 percent of women will experience them into their 70s. That’s why it’s important to discuss symptoms with your physician so he/she can determine how to best help.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the giving back of estrogen and/or progesterone as these hormones decline. The primary goal is to relieve symptoms using the lowest dose possible. Studies show that women who begin therapies earlier experience fewer side effects than women who begin them later.
Most women use HRTs for three to five years, and taper off the meds to help avoid symptoms returning.
Risks of HRT
Benefits of HRT
There may be no harm in using non-traditional therapies to treat menopause if they help with symptoms and there are no ill effects from other drugs you are taking. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting them.
Examples of non-traditional therapies include:
Dr. Chantel Roedner joined WakeMed Physician Practices as an OB/GYN after completing her residency at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earning her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Her clinical interests include high risk obstetrics, infertility, minimally invasive gynecological surgery including robotic surgery, well woman care and contraception.
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