Menopause is the cessation of menses which occurs around the age of 50. Some women go through the menopause a few years before age 50 and some a few years after age 50. The menopause is preceeded by a period of time (months to a few years), called the perimenopause, where the periods become farther and farther apart until there is no period for a year then a woman is considered menopausal. You may or may not need treatment during the menopause depending on your particular symptoms. At Austin Southwest OBGYN in South Austin Dr. Asfouri will evaluate you for the menopause by getting a history from you, discuss your symptoms and possibly do hormone testing to determine if you are through the menopause.
What is menopause?
Menopause is the phase of life when your periods have completely stopped for at least 12 months. The time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause when your periods become irregular and other symptoms may occur. Perimenopause can last from 1-10 years before menopause.
Symptoms of perimenopause and menopause include:
Change in sex drive
Depression and anxiety
Irregular or absent periods
Dr. Asfouri helps you manage the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause to restore your quality of life. Severe symptoms may require hormone therapy that is tailored to your needs in the safest way possible. There are other remedies as well to improve your quality of life without the risk of using hormones.
Menopause can be a frustrating time, and we are available to help ease the transition into the next phase of your life.