When Menopause Occurs
Dr. Jennifer Berman
Menopause is a word that most women do not look forward to. Menopause occurs one year after a woman’s final menstruation cycle. In the time leading up to menopause you might go through a vast amount of changes in your body that have to do with your monthly menstruation cycles. You might experience hot flashes or a host of additional symptoms during the menopausal transition (also called perimenopause).
Usually, menopausal transitions occur in women between the ages of 45 and 55. Menopausal transitions can last around 7 years on average, but transitions can also span far longer, reaching into 10-14 years. So, what happens to the body during menopause? Production of estrogen and progesterone (2 hormones produced by your ovaries) starts to vary greatly. Your bones lose some of their density, which can make you more susceptible to experiencing fractures. Your body will also start to use energy differently, fat cells will begin to change, which might result in weight gain.
Menopause symptoms include hot flashes and night sweats, psychological changes (depression, mood swings, concentration difficulties, etc.), urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, insomnia, changes in the skin (decreased elasticity, for instance), loss of sex drive, and more. If you’re experiencing any abnormal vaginal bleeding, you should report this to your physician immediately.
Menopause can happen at the most inopportune times of your life, like after a hysterectomy or the surgical removal of the ovaries. For instance, if you have surgery for removal of the ovaries and do not take supplemental hormones, you’ll experience menopause symptoms immediately. Menopause can also happen during times in your life of external transitions, like caring for a sick parent or relative, or it can happen as you move through adulthood yourself, or even when you take on new responsibilities at your work or at home.
Who to See About Your Menopause Problems
I’m Dr. Jennifer Berman and I’m currently accepting patients who struggle with menopausal health. I’m among the most credible and accomplished authorities in female sexual health.
I’ve been active in the media since early in my career due to my activism and advocacy of women’s health, not to mention my ground-breaking research. I’ve since used my platform and voice to create opportunities to affect positive change and educate the population about women’s sexual health.
I’m also the founder and creator of The Berman Women’s Wellness Center, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art center dedicated to women and women’s wellness. Contact me today to schedule a consultation and get active when it comes to taking control of your sexual health!