Menopause is the inevitable journey that every woman makes as she passes from her reproductive years into her post-reproductive years. For some, this journey is a bumpy one, leading to serious quality-of-life issues that fall under menopausal syndrome. At Suburban Women’s Specialists, OB/GYNs Dr. Betty Anthony and Dr. Suiza Chua make it their mission to help women in Johns Creek, Georgia, better weather the transition. To learn more about the solutions for menopausal syndrome, call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
A woman’s reproductive life, which has a considerable influence over her overall health and wellness, can largely be divided into three stages:
When you pass through puberty, the transition is marked by a dramatic increase in your reproductive hormones, mainly estrogen and progesterone, which are produced by your ovaries. For the next 30 or so years, your ovaries continue to produce these hormones, along with eggs, in an attempt to create life.
As you reach your mid-to-late 40s, your hormone levels begin to drop, and therefore so does the release of your eggs, and you enter perimenopause. By the time you pass through menopause, which occurs after you haven’t had your menstrual cycle for more 12 months in a row (usually in your early 50s), your ovaries effectively shut down.
This loss of your reproductive hormones not only puts an end to your ability to have children, it can have a widespread impact on your physical and mental health.
Every woman’s passage through menopause is different. Some weather the change without incident while others are plagued by life-altering changes. Most women fall somewhere in between and experience some degree of the following symptoms:
The severity and duration of these symptoms vary from one woman to the next, but for many, a seemingly simple loss of their reproductive hormones can have a significant impact on their lives.
For years, medical researchers and doctors have only been able to treat menopausal syndrome on a symptom-by-symptom basis. While nothing can be done to stop menopause, efforts by gynecologists, such as Dr. Anthony and Dr. Chua, to shed more light on the problem are beginning to pay off.
Rather than suffering in silence, women have new treatment options, which the team at Suburban Women’s Specialists is pleased to offer. For example, if you’re suffering from painful intercourse and incontinence, the practice is equipped with state-of-the-art laser technology called MonaLisa Touch®, which improves vaginal health.
The doctors also offer pelvic floor therapy, which works on this group of muscles, giving you back control over your bladder and helping prevent organ prolapse.
If you’d like to learn more about battling the effects of menopausal syndrome, call Suburban Women’s Specialists or fill out the online form to request an appointment.