A woman’s journey through life is marked by physical changes that accompany her reproductive stages, from puberty to menopause. Menopause signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years, and these changes are often some of the most significant. To help you navigate this time in your life, Kathy Y. Jones, MD, FPMRS, FACOG, at Orlando Urogynecology in Orlando, Florida, is armed with numerous treatments and therapies to address the often-unwanted side effects of menopause. If you’d like some guidance during this new stage in your life, call or book an appointment online.
Quite simply, menopause marks the winding down of your reproductive phase and the end of your ability to have children. Menopause is official when you’ve missed more than 12 periods in a row, and usually comes about in your late 40s and early 50s (the average age is 51).
Before that happens, your body enters perimenopause, which is characterized by low egg production and a gradual decrease in the hormone estrogen. This hormonal decrease is what’s responsible for most of the symptoms of menopause.
Every woman is different, and the natural decrease in estrogen strikes some women harder than others. In fact, many women go through menopause with barely any symptoms, while equally as many suffer from severe symptoms that persist, such as:
When it comes to your vaginal health, menopause can wreak havoc on your ability to enjoy an active sex life during your menopausal years. Menopause can cause conditions that lead to painful sex or sexual dysfunction, including:
Again, the symptoms of menopause are as varied as women themselves, and you may be affected more by some than others (or not at all). If your symptoms are disrupting your ability to enjoy your post-reproductive years, however, there’s much that Dr. Jones can do to help.
As a gynecologist who specializes in female pelvic medicine, Dr. Jones has extensive expertise addressing the symptoms of menopause. To start, Dr. Jones tries noninvasive therapies, such as:
However, if your symptoms persist, Dr. Jones provides comprehensive vaginal health and intimacy procedures that restore your ability to enjoy a healthy and active sex life during menopause.
If the symptoms of menopause are causing you grief, call Orlando Urogynecology, or book an appointment online.