Women need gynecologic care during and after menopause just as much as in their earlier years. Routine pelvic and breast exams help to ensure that you’re healthy and find early changes that indicate age-related gynecologic conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, or cancer.
The loss of estrogen at menopause raises the risk of developing chronic health problems. The team at the Center for Women’s Health screens for conditions that often develop after menopause, including heart disease and osteoporosis.
Perimenopause begins when hormones start to fluctuate and periods become irregular. It often starts when women are in their 40s and lasts about 3-5 years. Perimenopause ends when menopause begins, which happens when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 straight months. Once you reach menopause, levels of estrogen remain at a low level, so menstrual periods stop.
The process of menopause is gradual, and each woman's transition is different. The average age of menopause is 51; however, menopause can also occur as early as your 30s or as late as your 60s.
The symptoms associated with menopause often begin during perimenopause and continue beyond menopause. Loss of estrogen causes classic symptoms such as:
Estrogen has other roles in your body, so women may also experience:
Specific menopause treatments depend on each woman’s symptoms, medical history, and preferences. Some options include:
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