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When Should I Talk to My Doctor about My Menopause Symptoms?

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During menopause, your hormone levels fluctuate erratically as your body prepares to wind down menstruation. Many of the symptoms you might be having are new experiences for your body. You might experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and a loss of libido, among other sensations.

With so many changes and new experiences, it can be confusing to know what's normal and what isn't. It can be difficult to know whether an ache or pain is a passing symptom of menopause, or if it merits medical attention. It is important to be aware of the common symptoms of menopause, and know when it is appropriate to consult a doctor. Read on to learn about moments when it is a good idea to seek medical help.

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Unexpected symptoms

The most common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, and mood swings. However, there are many others, including weight gain, anxiety, dizziness, and fatigue. If you experience a particularly unusual pain or sensation that doesn't align with the more common menopausal symptoms, seek medical advice.

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Extreme physical symptoms

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Different women suffer physical menopausal symptoms to varying degrees. Some will barely notice a hot flash, while in other cases, a hot flash can be overpowering and disruptive. If you find that your menopausal symptoms are particularly intense and difficult to cope with, speak with your doctor.

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Extreme emotional symptoms

Likewise, many women experience emotional symptoms of menopause. Mood swings, anxiety, and irritability are normal symptoms of menopause. However, they can impact your relationships with the people around you. If you find that your emotional menopausal symptoms are hard to manage and damaging your quality of life, make an appointment with your doctor.

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Ongoing symptoms

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The length of the menopause transition varies from woman to woman. Menopause is defined as the point in time one year after a woman's final period. Some symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and loss of libido, might continue into postmenopause. However, periods will not continue, so if you experience vaginal bleeding in your postmenopausal years, you should see a doctor.

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Considering treatments

There are various treatments available for menopause symptoms. These range from changes you can make in your day-to-day life and herbal supplements to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Deciding which one is right for you can be overwhelming. Speaking to your doctor, who will take your medical history and personal situation into account, might help you reach your decision.

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Side effects

Different people's bodies react differently to treatments and therapies, and even natural products can have side effects. If you find that after trying out a new menopause treatment your symptoms change for the worse, or you experience side effects such as swelling, rashes, or headaches, see you doctor.

A woman need not feel embarrassed by her menopausal experiences. Even if her symptoms are not severe, her gynecologist or family physician can identify menopause and help her manage and treat her symptoms. Click on the following link for more information about treatments for menopause symptoms.

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The Beginning of Menopause

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Sources:
  • National Health Service UK. (2014). Help from your GP during menopause. Retrieved October 22, 2015, from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/menopause/Pages/MenopauseandyourGP.aspx
  • Office on Women's Health. (2010). Menopause symptom relief and treatments. Retrieved October 22, 2015, from http://womenshealth.gov/menopause/symptom-relief-treatment/