Menopause Specialist

Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Allentown, PA

Menopause is a natural phase of life, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer from bothersome symptoms. The all-female team of OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology in Allentown, Pennsylvania, offers hormonal and nonhormonal treatments to ease the symptoms of menopause. To learn how you can stay comfortable throughout the menopause transition, call or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause marks the time when your menstrual periods stop and you can no longer get pregnant. All women go through this natural biological process, but some experience troublesome symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, that negatively affect quality of life.

The team of women OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology understand the changes your body is going through and help guide you through the transition to menopause.

When does menopause happen?

You officially reach menopause after you’ve gone 12 months without getting a menstrual period. The average age for women to reach menopause in the United States is 52, but the range spans from 45-58.

But menopause doesn’t happen all at once. The months and years leading up to your last period are called perimenopause. During this time, your hormone levels rise and fall unexpectedly. This hormone imbalance causes the period of unpleasant symptoms many women refer to as “going through menopause.”

How do I know if I’ve started the transition to menopause?

Every woman has a unique experience with perimenopause. Most often, the earliest signs that indicate you’re beginning the transition to menopause include:

  • Periods that are heavier or lighter than normal
  • Getting your period less frequently
  • Hot flashes, night sweats, and flushing

Other common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Decreased estrogen levels also increase your risk of certain health problems, such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

How can I find relief from menopause symptoms?

The compassionate OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology help you find relief from menopausal symptoms. They begin with a thorough review of your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical and pelvic exam to rule out underlying health problems.

Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment for menopause may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Nonhormonal medications to relieve specific symptoms
  • Lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising

To learn more about staying healthy and happy during and after menopause, call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.