Menopause occurs when menstrual periods have stopped for at least a year. It marks the end of fertility and the beginning of a new chapter in life. Many women experience the onset of natural menopause in their forties and fifties. However, health issues, medications, surgeries or medical treatments, such as chemotherapy, can prompt menopause to begin at any earlier age.
Like any significant life change, menopause can be overwhelming. Below we cut through the clutter and dispel some common myths.
Menopause is an ongoing process — it continues for the rest of a woman’s life. Symptoms may come and go, depending on hormone levels and the number of years since menopause began. This means that you may experience new symptoms out of the blue or remedies you once relied on may stop working. Our menopause specialists can help you find the best ways to get relief, regardless of when symptoms appear.
There are many ways to effectively manage symptoms that do not involve hormone therapy. Some options include acupuncture, herbal remedies, medications and lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise and eating a healthy diet. Our menopause specialists will work with you to form a treatment plan that fits your needs and beliefs.
Some menopausal women experience shifts in their desire for and response to sexual activity. But the onset of menopause does not mean that you have to say goodbye to this aspect of your life. Our menopause specialists can work with you to help you relieve discomfort and maintain the level of intimacy you want.
If you’re struggling to cope with symptoms or would like to learn more about options for relief, call MultiCare Tacoma Women’s Specialists at 253-403-5432 to schedule an in-person or virtual video appointment with our menopause experts.Or find an OB/GYN or Midwife near you.