Menopause is a transition period for women in their 40s and 50s which marks the end of their menstrual cycles, typically diagnosed following twelve months without having a menstrual period. While menopause is a naturally-occurring process, most often the symptoms associated with menopause can cause disruptions in your lifestyle, sleep, and mental health. As a result, it is important to know the top five signs of menopause so that you can be prepared and seek treatment if needed. If you are experiencing menopause in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ, you may benefit from the medical expertise of Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta.
Changes in your menstrual period are most often the first sign that someone notices when they are experiencing menopause. This can include your period becoming less regular, changes in duration, or changes in flow volume. If you are in your 40s or 50s and begin experiencing changes in your menstrual cycle, this may be a sign that menopause is approaching.
Hot flashes are sudden feelings of heat in the upper part of the body, such as the face, neck, or chest. They occur as a result of changing estrogen levels during menopause. Sweating and red blotches on the skin may also accompany hot flashes. The duration and frequency of hot flashes can vary widely from person to person.
Changes in mood are another common sign of menopause in middle-aged women. If your mood swings are affecting your relationships and lifestyle, talk to your doctor or mental health professional right away to seek help and explore treatment options.
In addition to having hot flashes at night, some women experience increased difficulty falling asleep or waking up throughout the night. Difficulty sleeping and sleep disturbances are common signs of menopause in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ.
Along with changes in arousal levels, menopause may result in changes to your vaginal health. Most women may experience less discharge and natural lubrication in the vagina during menopause, which can sometimes make intercourse painful or uncomfortable. Talk to your doctor or gynecologist today for options to decrease vaginal dryness during menopause.
If you are a woman in your 40s or 50s experiencing any of the above changes in your body, these may be signs of menopause. Dr. Bentolila and Dr. Saitta are medical experts available to answer your questions and provide treatment options for menopause in Ridgewood and Bayonne, NJ. For questions or to make an appointment today, please call either the Ridgewood office at (201) 447-1700 or the Bayonne office at (201) 447-0467.