The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but the transition usually begins much sooner with unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. OB/GYN Nerissa Guballa, MD, is an expert in helping you navigate the life-changing symptoms of menopause. At her practice, Nerissa Guballa MD PC in the Upper East Side of New York, you receive evaluation and support as you move through menopause to help you find relief from the symptoms and understand the implications for your long-term health. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Menopause is the time during which a woman stops producing hormones. It’s diagnosed when you’ve gone 12 months without a period. In the years leading up to menopause – a phase called perimenopause – hormone changes cause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
While the average age of menopause is 51, it can occur naturally anytime from the late 40s into the early 50s. Some women may go into menopause due to surgical removal of the uterus or cancer treatment.
The symptoms of menopause usually occur in the years prior – while you’re in perimenopause. You might suspect you’re moving through the transition if you experience:
Women experience these symptoms to different degrees. Some women just have minimal or no symptoms. Symptoms may last for a few months to many years. Every woman is different.
Women commonly experience irregularities in their menstrual cycle as they pass through menopause. You may have excessive bleeding or go months without a cycle. Always remember to use birth control even if you miss a few periods as it’s still possible to get pregnant until menopause is confirmed.
Menopause is a natural part of aging. Dr. Guballa recognizes that there are many transitions to a woman’s life. Vasomotor symptoms can be helped with nonhormonal medications or hormone therapy natural remedies. You can find relief from bothersome symptoms with expert management from Dr. Guballa.
Vaginal atrophy symptoms can be managed using nonhormonal lubricants, or estrogen tablets, creams, inserts or rings.
Other important concerns in menopause that Dr. Guballa can address are :
Dr. Guballa helps you make lifestyle changes and watch for symptoms of these changes in your health.