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5 of the Most Common Questions About Menopause
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Read this article from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists below about 5 of the Most Common Questions About Menopause by Dr. Shana Miles.
Women tend to greet menopause with mixed emotions. They may be nervous about getting older or anxious about what they’re experiencing, physically and
1. Should I start hormone therapy?
I recommend women try other methods first, especially for hot flashes: dressing in layers, carrying a portable fan, and sipping cold drinks.
Avoid foods and beverages that trigger hot flashes, such as alcohol and caffeine. Stop smoking and lose extra weight if you need to. Try meditation, which can make hot flashes less bothersome.
2. How will menopause affect my sex drive?
The fluctuation of hormones during menopause can lead to vaginal dryness, which causes pain during sex. Then women may find they don’t initiate sex anymore for fear of this pain. Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants can provide relief. If those don’t work, talk with your ob-gyn about topical or oral medications
3. Should I take natural supplements to treat my symptoms?
The fact is, few plant and herbal supplements have been studied for safety or effectiveness. Know that these drugs are not well regulated.
Some can contain dangerous levels of estrogen, progesterone, or even testosterone. Over-the-counter supplements also can affect other medications you are taking or other medical conditions. For these reasons, talk with your ob-gyn before taking supplements to treat menopausal symptoms.
4. I haven’t had a period in years. Do I need annual check-ups with an ob-gyn?
It would be best to still come for your annual visit, regardless of age. You may no longer need birth control or prenatal care, but Ob-Gyns
offer the full range of women’s health care. From screening for cancer and STIs to discussing concerns about sex and urinary incontinence, your annual check-up can cover all aspects of your sexual and reproductive health.
5. Do I still need Pap tests and mammograms after menopause?
Yes, to this one too. The recommendation is to continue with Pap tests until age 65 unless you have a risk factor for cervical cancer, such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Even women who have had a hysterectomy may still need screening.
A New Stage
Menopause is just another stage of life, as natural as any other. With open communication, you can address any concerns about your symptoms and get the help you need
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