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Menopause

Apple Hill Gynecology

Gynecology & Endometriosis Specialists located in York, PA

Menopause can be a fulfilling and enjoyable time in your life when you have the right treatments to manage symptoms. At Apple Hill Gynecology in York, Pennsylvania, Marsha D. Bornt, MD, and Donna Lamson, CRNP, MSN, WHNP-BC, and the all-women staff specialize in menopause management and develop personalized treatment plans to alleviate symptoms so you can make the change of life the time of your life. For menopause management, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time in your life that marks the end of your fertility, and the production of estrogen decreases. You reach menopause when you go 12 consecutive months without your period. The average age women reach menopause in the United States is 51, but you can go through menopause anytime in your 40s or 50s. 

Prior to menopause, you go through a transitional period called perimenopause as the production of estrogen by your ovaries begins to fluctuate. This transitional period may start in your 30s or 40s and last months or years. 

During perimenopause, you may experience an irregular menstrual cycle, as well as many of the symptoms associated with menopause. 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause symptoms develop from the changes in your hormone levels. The types of symptoms you experience, and their severity, may differ. 

Some typical menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Vaginal dryness 
  • Vaginitis
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Low libido

In addition to the various symptoms you may develop with menopause, your declining estrogen levels also increase your risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis.

Am I a good candidate for menopause treatment?

Your provider determines if you’re a good candidate for menopause treatment during a consultation. The all-female team at Apple Hill Gynecology understands exactly what you’re going through and wants you to make the “change of life” the time of your life. After all, you probably have a better sense of yourself now than you did when you were younger. Plus, you also may have more time and resources to really enjoy your life. 

When your menopause symptoms begin, contact Apple Hill Gynecology to get the dedicated care you need. 

How is menopause treated?

The team at Apple Hill Gynecology develops personalized treatment plans for the management of menopause based on your personal medical and family history. Your treatment plan can’t stop or delay menopause, but it can alleviate your symptoms and improve your sense of well-being.

Menopause treatment may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Vaginal estrogen
  • Gabapentin or clonidine for hot flashes
  • Medication for osteoporosis

The team also talks to you about lifestyle changes to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing other health conditions, which may include guidance for a healthy diet, nutritional supplements, and regular exercise.

To make menopause the time of your life, contact Apple Hill Gynecology by phone or online today.