Personalized Menopause Counseling
Personalized menopause counseling in Burnaby, British Columbia
As a woman progresses into middle-age and beyond, menopause is inevitable. While the transition is different for every woman, it can cause a myriad of side effects and symptoms. We offer personalized menopause counseling to let our patients know what to expect and build a customized treatment plan to ease the transition.
What is menopause?
Menopause occurs when the ovaries discontinue the production of hormones and the menstruation cycle ceases. It is not a disease. Menopause is a normal, natural event—defined as the final menstrual period and usually confirmed when a woman has missed her periods for 12 consecutive months (in the absence of other obvious causes). Menopause is associated with reduced functioning of the ovaries due to aging, resulting in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones. It marks the permanent end of fertility. Menopause occurs, on average, at age 51. It occurs most often between ages 45 and 55. The term “perimenopause” refers to the phase of life that precedes menopause. For many women, it is an optimal time to reassess their health.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Symptoms vary from patient to patient but some common side effects of menopause may include:
- sexual pain
- night sweats
- mood swings
- hot flashes
- irregular periods
- dry skin
- reduced sex drive
- difficulty sleeping
Why should you seek personalized menopause counseling?
Personalized menopause counseling is a great way to ease the transition from peri into postmenopausal. By connecting with a well-versed doctor, such as Dr. Wong, you can address any symptoms or concerns that are disrupting your routine and lowering your overall quality of life. From there, your doctor can create a treatment plan based on your needs, guiding you through the process.
What kind of treatments can be offered through personalized menopause counseling?
Treatment plans vary between patients. Most likely, your doctor will recommend hormone therapy and counseling, as well as treatments for different health disorders and preventative screenings. These include: cholesterol, thyroid, blood pressure, and cardiac screenings. In order to determine what is needed, your doctor gathers a thorough family medical history and determines what health risk factors are potentially an issue.
How long does menopause take?
The entire menopause transition from perimenopause to postmenopause varies greatly from woman to woman, depending upon each woman’s body. Generally, the entire transition averages around 4 years.
When is a woman considered postmenopausal?
A woman is considered postmenopausal when she hasn’t had a period in 12 months.
Get a referral to our office in Burnaby, British Columbia
If you are in need of personalized menopause counseling, please contact our Burnaby office at (604) 433-8900 to schedule a consultation. It is important to note that a referral will be required from your general practitioner.