The hormonal roller coaster: Am I entering menopause?

menopauseHot flashes, period changes and new emotions are all part of the hormonal roller coaster. There comes a time in a woman’s life where her body is changing and she may be left confused. She may wonder if these uncomfortable issues are due to hormones or because she’s getting older.

As you approach this hormonal rollercoaster, usually between age 45 and 55, you will certainly have questions about perimenopause or menopause.

Patricia Sulak, MD helps women through this transition with her OB/Gyn expertise, and is committed to helping you sort it out.

“Perimenopause,” Dr. Sulak says, “Is the time in a woman’s life right before her ovaries really quit working. This is where you may see some of the signs before you hit menopause. Menopause is when women stop having periods and are not ovulating altogether.”

Am I Experiencing Perimenopause?

Ask yourself:

Are my periods irregular?
  • Right before you hit perimenopause , you may have very heavy periods that seem to be getting closer together. Dr. Sulak says the body’s ovaries are having their “last surge” and producing too much estrogen.
  • During perimenopause, you may be skipping periods or your periods may be getting lighter, or you may feel some vaginal dryness.
Is my body temperature all over the place?
  • If you feel like you are hot all over, getting red in the face, or uncomfortable when others are not, you may be having hot flashes. This change in temperature can be disruptive, especially if you have night sweats.
Do I feel achy all over?
  • A sign of perimenopause is joint discomfort. Some may feel it in their knees, hips or just all over their body. This is sign that many overlook, but as their estrogen levels decrease, their joints may be affected.
Do you get headaches more often?
  • Dr. Sulak explains as you enter into this stage and the estrogen levels go down, you may feel a rise in headaches.
Am I feeling changes in mood?
  • Fluctuating hormones, increased anxiety or mood changes can be difficult to sort out as you may be dealing with emotional problems regarding your children, parents, work or other circumstances.

Where Can I Get Answers about Perimenopause?

“This can be a difficult time in a woman’s life dealing with all of the changes that are occurring and everything else going on,” says Dr. Sulak. “Here’s the good news—we can help! There are a lot of things we can do so you don’t have to be alone in this, and finding an expert to help you is critical.

As you see your primary care doctor for your annual checkup, you should discuss some of these symptoms together. The more you are educated about what to expect, the smoother your transition into menopause will be.

Dr. Sulak says, “This is a critical crossroad in a woman’s life that is so individual to every woman.”

As you partner with your doctor, you will be able to make decisions that are best for you.

“Menopausal Wellness: Hot Topics!” Conference

Dr. Sulak has spoken in national conferences all over the world, and now shares her insight with her patients. She wishes she had more time with every patient to cover women’s wellness, and is now sharing her wisdom with the community.

For the first time, she and her colleagues are putting on a Menopausal Wellness: Hot Topics! women’s conference to help explain some of the issues related to signs and symptoms of menopause, hormone therapy, pelvic organ and bladder issues, reducing risks of heart attack and stroke, and more.

If you are interested in attending this conference you can register here to claim your spot. This is an opportunity for you to get the answers you need for better health.

You Don’t Have to Go Through this Alone!

“Most women are going to have some kind of bothersome symptom and some of them can be a major disruption to their life,” says Dr. Sulak. “You don’t need to be out there suffering. There are effective therapies out there that are safe and can help to literally turn around a person’s life.”

To get relief and get educated about menopause, consult your doctor today or share this insight with a loved one.

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Jill Taylor
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