Woman transitioning through menopause may deal with a number of different symptoms, and all of varying severity. Menopause is unique to each woman – some experience mild symptoms, and others experience extreme ones. The only consistency is, indeed, how much it differs from woman to woman.
Those differences and experiences are key reasons to seek out a knowledgeable specialist in menopausal medicine. In fact, a study recently published in The Journal of Woman’s Health found that woman experiencing a wide-range of menopausal symptoms, from mood swings to vaginal dryness, sleep problems, weight gain and hot flashes are more likely to seek out a menopause and midlife practice specialist over their regular gynecologist.
Reasons for visiting a physician specializing in midlife practice included:
- Sleep problems (80 percent)
- Vaginal dryness or low sexual desire (60 percent)
- Weight gain (34 percent)
This study should really drive two things home to every woman at any stage of menopause: 1) You are not alone in experiencing uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms; and 2) A specialist can help you manage those symptoms so you can live your life to the fullest.
Menopausal women are often in the prime of their lives. Now is not the time to hide in the corner or at home because of symptoms. Find a physician with North American Menopause Society (NAMS) certification, and someone you feel comfortable with when discussing your symptoms and personal history. With the right medical team in your corner, you can feel like yourself again.
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