What Are the Stages of Menopause?

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Dr. Richard Williams directs the Williams OB/GYN & Associates practice in San Dimas, CA. Our doctor is a leader in the San Dimas, CA, community, and surrounding areas for women's healthcare.

While menopause may not bother some women, menopause can rake havoc in the lives of other women. Our esteemed OB/GYN medical doctor/surgeon is experienced, devoted, compassionate, skilled, licensed, and board-certified in OB/GYN, and is here to enlighten women about the symptoms and treatment of menopause.

The Symptoms and Treatment for Menopause

At Williams OB/GYN & Associates in San Dimas, CA, we understand that most women undoubtedly have heard many horror stories about this normal stage of life when cessation of the menstrual cycle begins and the childbearing years end. 

Perhaps you have dreaded this time in your life. Menopause is an expected and natural cycle of hormonal changes, but because of what you have possibly heard from other women, it puts fear into you. 

The five steps of menopause are all wrapped up in an array of general symptoms and treatments of menopause. Menopause occurs when,

  • Natural hormones decrease due to aging
  • Hysterectomy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

There is a wide window when women can note some signs and symptoms of menopause between the ages of 40-60. The rule of thumb is that if the woman misses at least 12 menstrual cycles in a row, menopause is considered. Early signs of menopause can occur before age 40.

Through our OB/GYN clinic, we detail some of the most common signs of menopause as a gradual process and not immediate. We list some common treatment options. This change does not happen to all women at the same age; every woman experiences menopause differently.  

Common Symptoms

If you experience irregular periods, this is one common symptom of menopause. Another symptom is the infamous "hot flashes." Some women never had "hot flashes" and consider themselves lucky. Other symptoms may include,

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased breast fullness
  • Insomnia
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of hair

Treatment Options

Common treatments include the following simple recommendations that help to decrease symptoms. 

  • Eating balanced diets daily
  • Exercising
  • Getting restful sleep nightly
  • Quitting smoking
  • No alcohol/drugs
  • Layer clothing to help with hot flashes
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Supplements and select vitamins

Alleviate the Pesky Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

Do not settle for unwelcome signs of menopause when treatment options are available to help you through this time. Call Dr. Williams at Williams OB/GYN & Associates in San Dimas, CA, today at (909) 599-8677 for an appointment and consultation for menopause symptoms and get the relief you deserve today.

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