Menopause naturally occurs when a woman’s menstrual cycles stop – most commonly between ages 46 and 54. For many women, menopause is the beginning of a new phase of life. A gynecologist’s job is to help guide women through this physical, hormonal and emotional change in the healthiest way possible. For some women, this may include hormonal therapy.
During menopause, irritability, insomnia, weight fluctuations and changes in sex drive are common, and as many as three out of every four women may experience hot flashes. Although menopause and its symptoms vary for every woman, most symptoms cease about a year after the last menstrual cycle. It is important for women to discuss questions or concerns about menopause and its symptoms at regular gynecological appointments.