Menopause Specialist

Advanced Women's Healthcare

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Bloomington, IL

Board-certified OB/GYNs Dele Ogunleye, MD, FACOG, Lisa Emm, MD, FACOG, and the compassionate team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare believe that menopause should be an enjoyable and productive time in your life. They help women living in and around Bloomington, Illinois, to maintain a healthy, vibrant lifestyle through menopause and beyond. If you have questions or concerns about menopause, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the phase of life when your menstrual periods stop and you can no longer get pregnant. You’ve officially reached menopause after it’s been a full year since your last period. For most women in the United States, this occurs around age 52.

But menopause doesn’t happen all at once. The years leading up to menopause, called perimenopause, lasts an average of four years. Perimenopause involves many changes in your body and the hormones it produces.

The unpredictable rise and fall of hormones estrogen and progesterone can cause many uncomfortable symptoms, like hot flashes and night sweats. The team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare offer counseling and treatments to ease your transition through menopause.

What are menopause symptoms?

Some women go through menopause without any symptoms at all. However, the majority of women experience one or more of the following.

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble remembering things
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Decreased interest in sex (libido)

Menopause is a unique experience for every woman. The caring team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare listens to your concerns and develops an individualized treatment plan for you.

When should I talk to my doctor about menopause?

It’s a good idea to talk to your provider at Advanced Women’s Healthcare around age 45, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms of menopause. This is an opportunity to implement lifestyle changes, like nutrition and exercise, that can make the transition through menopause easier for you.

The average life expectancy for women in the United States is about 80 years, which means most women spend about ⅓ of their lives in menopause. The team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare want you to enjoy this phase of life, which is why they encourage you to ask questions and share any concerns you may have.

What menopause treatments are available?

When it comes to treating menopause symptoms, no two women are exactly alike. Depending on your specific needs, the team at Advanced Women’s Healthcare may recommend one or more of the following treatments.

  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Using hormone replacement therapy

They also advise you on how to reduce your risk of serious health problems that become more common after menopause, like osteoporosis and heart disease.

Forming a good partnership with your healthcare provider is one of the best ways to stay healthy throughout menopause. Call Advanced Women’s Healthcare or book an appointment online today.