Are We There Yet? The Road to Menopause
The menopause journey with its starts, stops, twists and turns is different for every woman. Some have a direct route, others are full of detours, warning lights and overheated engines. But according to Jessica Leibhart, DO, CHI Health obstetrician/gynecologist, there are a few signs and experts along the way to help you navigate the path ahead.
“Each stage of the three-stage process brings with it rewards and challenges. It is intended to be gradual to help the body adapt to change. At the very least, the process can be inconvenient, but it’s more likely agonizing for those experiencing symptoms,” Leibhart said.
While menopause is a natural sign of aging, it is also an indication that a visit to your doctor is in order. “It’s a misconception that women have to ‘live with’ menopause symptoms. We have great options available,” Leibhart said.
What some women also don’t realize is a decrease in estrogen increases their risk of serious health problems.
In fact, a new study suggests that hot flashes, especially when accompanied by night sweats, may increase the risk of developing diabetes.
“Heart disease, cancer – these are serious health risks that need to be monitored,” Leibhart said.
It may seem easier, or less embarrassing, to brush menopause symptoms aside and suffer through. But actively participating with your provider to address menopause will give you insight and satisfaction, smoothing the road ahead.
For more, visit CHIhealth.com/MenopauseAge