Menopause is different for every woman. Although it is a natural part of the aging process, hormonal changes in the body may lead to symptoms that vary in duration and intensity in each individual. Dr. Sharon Diamond, a gynecologist on the Upper East Side offers comprehensive and individualized menopause management in NYC.
Gynecology and Menopause Management Upper East Side, NYC
Menopause is the stage of a woman's fertility and reproductive years when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and menstruation comes to an end. In the years leading up to menopause (known as perimenopause), estrogen and progesterone production declines, and periods may begin to fluctuate. During perimenopause, there is sometimes an imbalance between the production of these two hormones that can cause irregular of heavy bleeding that has to be addressed. The process usually begins sometime in the mid to late 40s, but can begin earlier in some women. The average age for menopause is 51 but can happen earlier or later. A woman is generally considered to officially be in menopause after menstruation has ceased for an entire year.
Some of the most common symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irregular periods (heavier or lighter periods, longer or shorter in duration, skipping periods)
- Irritability and mood swings
- Hair loss/thinning
- Difficulty sleeping
- Weight gain and bloating
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of libido
Some women do not experience noticeable symptoms. While there is no "cure" for menopausal symptoms, there are medical, lifestyle, and behavioral modification options that can help to relieve the intensity of symptoms, manage discomfort, and improve the quality of life for women going through menopause. The most common management techniques include estrogen and progesterone (bio-identical) hormone replacement, diet and nutrition counseling to help with healthy weight management and strength training and other weight bearing exercise to build muscle and bone strength. Emotional wellbeing is also an important factor in adjusting to life after menopause, and counseling can also help women find peace and a new sense of balance with the changes to their mind and body.
Find an Upper East Side Gynecologist in NYC
For more information on personalized and compassionate menopause management, and other gynecology services on the Upper East Side, contact our office by calling 212-876-2200 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Diamond today.