Oakwood Womens Centre

Menopause

Trust your Round Rock obgyn for first-rate care during menopause

As women grow older, their bodies change, including their reproductive systems. The team of obgyns at Oakwood Women’s Centre provides expert treatment for women of all ages, including those going through menopause. From hot flashes to mood swings to fatigue, your trusted obgyn will discuss these changes with you and help relieve your menopause symptoms.

Our Round Rock obgyns explain the process of menopause

When a woman reaches puberty, her reproductive system begins to mature, which includes the start of menstruation. Each month, a woman’s body will release an egg for fertilization, and the uterus prepares for possible implementation. If that doesn’t happen, your uterus sheds the lining, which triggers a menstrual period. Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop producing eggs for ovulation, signifying the end of her reproductive years.

Understanding menopause and your body

Often, women begin to exhibit signs of menopause in their mid to late 40s. Typically, menopause happens in the following three phases, and it can take several years to move through these stages.

Perimenopause During the early phases of menopause, menstrual cycles become irregular but do not completely stop. Consequently, pregnancy can still occur during this time. The average age for perimenopause is approximately 47.

Menopause Technically, menopause occurs once a woman has had her final period, but you cannot identify that point until after the fact. Symptoms like sleep problems, vaginal dryness, hot flashes and mood swings are common during menopause.

Post menopause After a woman has ceased menstruation for at least one year, our Round Rock obgyn team will verify that she is postmenopausal. If you experience any vaginal bleeding after this point, let your obgyn know because that is considered abnormal.

Our Round Rock obgyns address coping with menopause symptoms

In most cases, your obgyn will not order tests to confirm the beginning or end of menopause. Tracking menstrual cycles can provide you and your obgyn with an approximate timeline. Because hormone levels drop as the ovaries start to shut down, you may deal with hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms.

Talk with your obgyn about potential remedies to help improve your quality of life. Finding relief from menopause symptoms may include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Routine exercise
  • Water-based lubricants
  • Anti-depressants
  • Hormone replacement therapy

Throughout your life, including menopause, you need top-notch gynecological care. At Oakwood Women’s Centre, our skilled obgyns can provide the expertise and compassion you desire, from answering questions to suggesting treatment for menopause symptoms. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our obgyns.