Post-Menopause

Post-Menopause

Post-Menopause treatments in gwinnettA woman is considered to be postmenopausal after she has gone without a menstrual period for twelve consecutive months. During this stage, many of the symptoms that a woman may have experienced while undergoing menopause may begin to gradually decrease. However, several factors, including the reduced levels of estrogen in the body, place postmenopausal women at an increased risk of certain health conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease. It is also possible to confirm that a woman has entered a postmenopausal stage with a simple blood test that measures the level of follicle stimulating hormone (or FSH) produced by the pituitary gland, however this additional verification is unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.

 

Post-Menopause Treatment

Although many women feel a sense of renewed energy during the postmenopausal stage, and frequently become more comfortable as many of the symptoms associated with menopause begin to subside, it is still important to continue monitoring your health closely. Postmenopausal women should still regularly undergo routine check-ups and preventive screening tests such as pelvic exams, Pap smears, breast exams, mammograms and bone density testing. Reduced amounts of estrogen place postmenopausal women at a greater risk for developing conditions like heart disease or osteoporosis. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly may help to mitigate some of that risk, as can certain medications or hormone therapy, if necessary. Every woman’s journey is different, and so we will work closely with you to establish a regular check-up schedule based on your personal health history, teach you the steps that you can take to reduce your individual risk and treatments or suggestions for post-menopausal symptoms.

 

Post-Menopause FAQs

Can I get pregnant if I am postmenopausal?
The possibility of pregnancy does disappear once a woman is fully postmenopausal. However, during the transition into menopause (perimenopause) a woman can still become pregnant. If you do not want to become pregnant, you should continue to use some form of birth control until you have gone a full twelve months without having your period. Make sure to speak with one of your providers at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett about when it is appropriate to stop using contraception.

Why Am I Experiencing Postmenopausal Depression?
Unfortunately, it can be quite common for women to experience depression during post-menopause. The production of important neurotransmitters like serotonin, endorphins, and oxytocin can be impacted by low estrogen levels, and fluctuations in the levels of these neurotransmitters can make you feel upset, lonely, or depressed. Moreover, some women find the changes that their body has gone through frustrating or upsetting. It is important to realize that you are not alone and that many women actually experience these very natural feelings. Taking the time to learn about your condition and to explore the common concerns and questions of other women like you can be a great first step to getting things back on track. Additionally, we may be able to offer suggestions or provide medications to help.

 

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