Considering the changes in your body and confusing reports in the media, menopause or perimenopause can be overwhelming. During this time of transition, awareness of your health is more important than ever. At UAMS, our caring and compassionate specialists understand the special needs of women who are going through menopause or perimenopause.
While menopause is a natural process for your body and not a medical illness, hormonal changes may cause some physical symptoms. You may need medical treatment for some symptoms of perimenopause or menopause such as:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mood swings or depression
- Hot flashes and/or night sweats
- Loss of sex drive and vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods, heavy menstrual cycles and/or frequent spotting
During perimenopause, you may have signs and symptoms of menopause even though you are still menstruating. Perimenopause may last four or five years or longer. If it has been 12 or more months since you had your last period, you’ve reached menopause. At this time, your ovaries produce no progesterone and less estrogen, and your ovaries don’t release eggs.
Knowing that each woman has a different experience with menopause and perimenopause, our specialists provide personalized medical care to you. This can be a time of new beginnings, and we can help you with a health promotion program to reap benefits throughout the rest of your life.