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Menopause

Healthy Life Transition

Menopause is a healthy transition in a woman's life cycle. It is not a disease and does not have to be treated. However, some health problems, such as osteoporosis, are associated with low estrogen. (Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of the bones.) To treat menopause symptoms and help prevent osteoporosis, your Ob/Gyn physician may recommend lifestyle changes and possibly also medicine.

While most women know it will eventually occur, questions still arise about the symptoms and available treatments. Your Ob/Gyn physician can teach you about this natural change in your life and help you to cope with the symptoms.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

These are the most common symptoms of menopause. However, each woman may experience symptoms differently. Some have few and less severe symptoms, while others have more frequent and stressful ones. The signs and symptoms of menopause may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Relaxation of the pelvic muscles
  • Relaxation of the pelvic muscles
  • Hair growth

Treatment for menopause

Therapies that help to manage menopause symptoms include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Estrogen therapy
  • Non-hormonal treatment
  • Estrogen alternatives

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