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Are Those Signs of Menopause? When to See Your Doctor

Author: Stephine Kramer, M.D., Board Certified-Diplomate

Menopause, which is clinically defined after 12 months without a period, can be a lengthy process. Many women in their 40s may spend about four years in “perimenopause,” the stage during which hormone levels fluctuate as your body settles into menopause. Perimenopause can last as long as ten years or just a few months. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

So, how do you know when perimenopause is actually menopause? Learn more about a few of the common signs of menopause below. You can also view this page for more information about perimenopause and menopause.

9 Common Signs of Menopause

  1. No menstruation (or less frequent/irregular menstrual cycles)
  2. Hot flashes
  3. Mood swings
  4. Decreased libido
  5. Discomfort during sex (possibly caused by vaginal dryness)
  6. Breast tenderness
  7. Urinary urgency
  8. Some urinary incontinence (possibly caused by laughter or sneezing)
  9. Difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep

Do you think that you may be experiencing menopause? Take this brief five-question self-assessment to have someone from East Valley Women’s Medical Group contact you about your symptoms.

Should You See a Gynecologist for Menopause?

While you may not need to see a gynecologist “for menopause,” post-menopausal women should still keep appointments with their gynecologist. Regular Pap smears, pelvic exams, mammograms, and other screenings are important for post-menopausal women. Also, if you do develop a health problem with your genitourinary system, having a relationship with a local gynecologist already acquainted with your medical history could be to your advantage.

Schedule An Appointment With a Gynecologist: Mesa, Tempe & Gilbert

Are you experiencing symptoms that could be signs of menopause? Schedule an appointment online with a gynecologist in Tempe, Mesa or Gilbert, AZ. You can find the phone number for the office near you by visiting our Contact page. To have someone contact you, use the Menopause Self-Assessment Tool.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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