You’re hot, sweaty, and can’t sleep. One minute you’re smiling, and the next, you’re frustrated beyond belief. If this sounds familiar, you could be going through perimenopause, the period leading up to menopause. At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the compassionate professionals understand unpleasant menopause symptoms and work with you to find the right means to handle the symptoms. You can get the care and compassion you want during this life transition from Dr. John Gschwend, Dr. Deena Kleinerman, Dr. Rachael Cleberg, Dr. Kirsten Beeson, and Morgan Wilkerson, PA-C. If you live in Bethesda, Maryland, call the office to schedule your appointment.
Menopause, the mark of the end of your childbearing years, often comes after a lengthy period of uncomfortable transitions. During this period called perimenopause, your hormone levels drop, causing the changes to your body typical of peri- and menopause, including:
You may experience all of these symptoms or only a few. They can be mild or so severe that they interfere with your daily functioning.
You can reduce most menopause symptoms to a manageable level with some simple lifestyle modifications. For instance, if you get hot flashes and night sweats, dress in layers and avoid triggers like alcohol and caffeine. Drink plenty of cold water and keep a fan near your bed.
For sleep disturbances, improve your sleep regimen. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time every morning. Avoid computer screens and electronics for at least 30 minutes before lights out and make your bedroom as dark as possible, turning out or covering every light you can.
If you suffer from sexual side effects, use a vaginal moisturizer every few days and a lubricant during intercourse. Engage in plenty of foreplay and be open to other types of sexual play, including oral sex and mutual masturbation.
Focusing on your health can improve menopause symptoms. Eat a healthy diet filled with real, whole foods and avoid overly processed foods and sugars. Exercise daily to improve both your mood and sleep. Lower stress by using deep breathing techniques or practicing yoga or meditation.
If your menopause symptoms don’t respond to at-home remedies and habit changes, your gynecologist may recommend a different course of treatment. The most common treatment for menopause symptoms is hormone replacement therapy. A low-dose estrogen can relieve your symptoms by replacing the lost estrogen in your body.
Estrogen therapy does come with some risks and your doctor discusses the pros and cons before you begin the therapy. Estrogen can be taken orally or topically, and to relieve sexual symptoms, you may opt for vaginal administration.
When the symptoms of menopause start to disrupt your life, find a solution. Call Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda today or book your consultation online.