Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s aging process. It marks the beginning of a new phase of freedom in life without periods or pregnancy. While the changes that happen in women’s bodies are similar, every woman experiences menopause differently. Your caregivers are here to guide you through this transformation.
As women experience menopause, estrogen production naturally slows down. Estrogen helps support bone growth, so many women have weaker bones later in life. Some women are at risk for developing osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become extremely brittle and easily fractured.
Do I Still Need an Annual Exam after Menopause?
Yes, at Clinic Sofia we like to see our patients – no matter what your age – once a year. While the focus of your annual visit will change over time, we still perform preventative screenings such as breast exams, mammograms, screenings for colon cancer and ovarian cysts, and cholesterol checks, among others.
Getting Your First Mammogram
Let’s face it: Few women are excited about having their first mammogram (or even their second, third or tenth one). However, for most women, a mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, is the best way to detect breast cancer as early as possible, since it can detect lumps so small that they can’t be felt.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) involves medications that contain female hormones designed to replace those that the ovaries stop producing. Women with symptoms of menopause may discover that HRT is a good option for them.
Cooling Off Hot Flashes
As the temperatures heat up, your friends and family might be doing cartwheels while you might be inwardly groaning. If menopause or perimenopause has you sweating and ripping off layers regardless of the weather outside, the following tips can help you cool down this summer.