Things You Should Discuss With Your Gynecologist When You Enter Menopause

About 1.3 million women enter menopause each year in the United States, and if you’re one of them, you may be a little confused about what to expect. As a top gynecologist in Greenacres, Florida, Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG, helps patients at Women's Pavilion of the Palm Beaches understand what to expect during menopause, so they can feel more confident and more self-assured.

The key to learning all you can about this major life change is to talk openly with Dr. Charles, so he can tailor your health care specifically to your needs. If you’re starting to notice symptoms of menopause, here are five topics to touch on during your next office visit.

1. Make sure it’s menopause

Menopause can cause a lot of symptoms — and so can other medical conditions, including conditions related to your hormones. Keep track of your symptoms so you can clearly describe them to Dr. Charles.

Depending on the types of symptoms you’re having, your age, and your medical history, among other factors, he may order tests to confirm you’re in menopause or to rule out other potential problems.

2. Learn the symptoms

Many women have hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, but as common as these issues are, they’re not the only symptoms of menopause. In fact, the hormonal fluctuations during menopause can cause a host of symptoms, including:

In addition to discussing any current symptoms you might have, talking about potential symptoms can help you understand what to expect, so you can feel more at ease about the changes you’re undergoing. 

One more note: Some women find talking about sex a little (OK, maybe a lot) embarrassing. As an experienced gynecologist, Dr. Charles is used to talking about all sorts of topics, including issues you may experience with sexual activity or libido. 

Not only can he prescribe treatment to alleviate your symptoms, but by helping you understand why these changes are occurring, he can help alleviate your worry and concern too.

3. Understand the health risks

Estrogen plays a critical role in fertility, but that’s just one of its effects. This important hormone plays a role in many other functions and processes too. When estrogen levels start to decline, you’re at increased risk of other medical problems, like cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis (weak bones). 

Dr. Charles can help you understand your specific risks based on your age and personal health history. Depending on your needs, he may prescribe medication, lifestyle changes, or other treatments to help you stay healthy.

4. Get screened

Just because you’re not having periods, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to see your gynecologist regularly. During menopause, you still need important health screenings, like Pap tests and mammograms. 

Annual well visits can keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other measurements that can help identify possible problems early. Dr. Charles recommends screenings and other tests based on each woman’s unique needs and health history.

5. Know your treatment options

Menopause may be a natural part of getting older for women, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a pleasant experience. Today, there are lots of treatments for menopause symptoms, including lifestyle changes, over-the-counter products, and prescription medicines, like hormone replacement therapy (HRT). 

During your visit, be clear about your symptoms and your concerns, so Dr. Charles can develop a treatment plan optimized for your health and wellness.

Feel your best at every stage of life

Don’t let menopause symptoms interfere with your ability to enjoy life to its fullest. If you’re experiencing symptoms of menopause or if you just want to know what to expect during this stage of life, call the office or use our online form and schedule an appointment today.

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