Menopause and the years leading up to it, known as perimenopause, involve fluctuating hormone levels that may cause a variety of difficult symptoms, including hot flashes and irregular periods. Board-certified OB/GYN Kingsley Asumugha, MD, FACOG, provides individualized care for women going through menopause at A'fina Houston OB/GYN in Webster, Texas. If you’re experiencing symptoms of menopause, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of your menstrual periods. You reach menopause after you’ve gone through 12 months since your last period.
Menopause happens because your ovaries stop making estrogen, which is one of the hormones responsible for controlling your menstrual cycle and reproductive health. After you reach menopause, you can no longer get pregnant.
The average age for women to go through menopause is 51. However, most women experience fluctuating hormone levels for months or years before this happens. The transition to menopause, called perimenopause, may begin in your 30s or 40s.
Every woman is unique, which is why Dr. Asumugha focuses on personalized care. Some women don’t experience perimenopause symptoms at all. Those that do may have one or more of the following symptoms:
Decreased levels of estrogen may change the tissues of your vagina and urethra. These changes may cause vaginal discomfort, such as dryness and itching, as well as increased urination and more frequent urinary tract infections.
If any of these symptoms interfere with your quality of life, call Dr. Asumugha at A'fina Houston OB/GYN. He carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history, and performs a physical exam to determine the most effective course of treatment.
Because menopause is a natural biological process, treatment focuses on alleviating uncomfortable symptoms. Depending on your specific needs, treatment may include taking hormone replacement therapy or medications. Dr. Asumugha may also recommend lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Hormone replacement therapy involves taking synthetic estrogen and possibly another hormone called progestin. This relieves your symptoms by replacing the hormones your body doesn’t make anymore.
After menopause, it’s important to continue seeing Dr. Asumugha at A'fina Houston OB/GYN for annual well-woman visits and any time you have a concern, such as postmenopausal bleeding.
Postmenopausal women are at higher risk of certain health problems, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and urinary incontinence. Dr. Asumugha helps you prevent or manage these conditions.
For expert guidance and support throughout menopause, call A'fina Houston OB/GYN, or request an appointment online today.