The staff of Eastside Medical Park Women's Group serve residents living on Seattle’s Eastside, including Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Renton, Issaquah and Mercer Island. The doctors offer effective treatment options to patients who may be going through this major life change, and suffer from the effects of menopause.
Menopause marks the end of your menstrual cycle and fertility. It’s a major life change that every woman will go through, with varying degrees of symptoms. Once you’ve gone a full year without a period, you have officially reached this natural phase of life. Most often occurring naturally after age 51, menopause results from your ovaries no longer producing the hormones progesterone and estrogen. Menopause can also happen suddenly, as the result of surgical removal of your ovaries.
Symptoms of menopause may begin to appear several years before your cycle stops. While menopause affects women differently, common symptoms include mood swings, vaginal dryness, difficulty focusing, thinning hair and facial hair. You may also experience hot flashes, or sudden rushes of heat, particularly over your chest, face and neck. Hot flashes that occur at night are known as night sweats.
Depending on the type and severity of your symptoms as well as your overall health, Dr. Kupferman may recommend hormone therapy or other medications, such as antidepressants. Although estrogen is the most effective way to manage hot flashes, it can also raise the risk for other health problems. Estrogen or a water-based lubricant may help ease vaginal dryness.
On their own or added to any needed medical treatment, lifestyle steps can go a long way toward easing menopause symptoms. To minimize hot flashes, dress in loose, cool clothing, sleep in a cool environment and drink a cold beverage when symptoms arise. Avoid potential triggers such as alcohol, caffeine, spicy and hot foods and smoking. Deep breathing, yoga and other relaxation techniques can also help manage menopause symptoms. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kupferman to discuss menopause symptoms and treatments that may be right for you.
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