Menopause

Gyne Health Women's Center

Women's Health and Wellness & Medical Weight Loss located in Alexandria, VA

Menopause is a natural stage of a woman's reproductive health, but symptoms may be difficult, and having strong support can make all the difference. Joanna Sampson, FNP, NP, and Dr. Ashwina Sheth, of Gyne Health Women’s Center in Arlington, Virginia, offer holistic care during premenopause and perimenopause. If you are suffering troublesome menopausal symptoms, call Gyne Health Women’s Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a process where the reproductive cycle and monthly periods cease. The reproductive cycle ends when your ovaries no longer release an egg every month. Every woman eventually experiences menopause, which begins when you have not had a menstrual period for about 12 months. 

Every woman experiences menopause differently, and symptoms may range from mild to severe and span several years. While many women begin the process of menopause earlier than others, on average, women go through menopause around the of 50 or 51. For some, menopausal symptoms may start as early as 40 years old.

While menopause is most often a natural process, there are other possible causes for reproductive cycles to stop. Other reasons for menopause include hysterectomy, cancer treatments, or hormonal disorders.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The symptoms you may experience as you go through menopause are the result of decreased hormone production. As your hormone levels diminish, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Irregular or absent periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Skin problems
  • Mood swings
  • Unwanted hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irregular or racing heartbeat

Some menopause symptoms mimic other health conditions, so you must share your experience with your trusted provider at Gyne Health Women’s Center. They take a full health history and complete a comprehensive assessment to ensure that your symptoms are not associated with a severe illness or condition. 

What are the treatments for symptoms of menopause?

Because menopause is not a condition but a natural process, it doesn’t need treatment per se. Instead, your treatments may help relieve uncomfortable or difficult symptoms of menopause.

Holistic treatment for menopause symptoms include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Weight-loss support
  • Medical weight loss
  • Medications
  • Natural supplements
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle changes

Your providers at Gyne Health Women’s Center provides ongoing support throughout your menopausal years. They offer a personalized treatment plan that is as unique as your symptoms. Whether you are premenopausal and just beginning to see signs of menopause, or coming to the end of menopause, you can trust your team to offer personal, compassionate.

For a customized treatment plan for your menopausal symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online with Gyne Health Women’s Center.