Menopause & Perimenopause
Rochester Hills, MI
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she naturally stops having menstrual periods. Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop making estrogen – the hormone that helps control the menstrual cycle – and marks the end of the reproductive years. The average age that women go through menopause is 51 years.
The loss of estrogen affects many aspects of a woman’s body – including the skin, bones and vagina. Osteoporosis, vaginal atrophy, painful intercourse and urinary incontinence are some of the unfortunate – but very treatable – side effects of menopause.
The years leading up to menopause are called perimenopause. Beginning in a woman’s 30s and 40s, the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries begins to fluctuate – often causing changes in her menstrual cycle. Cycles may become longer, shorter or skip months – and flow may become lighter or heavier. Hot flashes, mood swings, sleep difficulties may all be signs of perimenopause or menopause.
The OBGYNs at Contemporary Obstetrics & Gynecology offer compassionate menopausal management using state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment procedures. We can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, so you can continue to enjoy a happy and healthy quality of life now and for years to come.