Menopause

Jersey Women's Care Center

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Fair Lawn, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

Women go through many reproductive stages during their lives, with passage through menopause marking the final journey. Rather than a peaceful transition, however, many women are faced with side effects that have a serious impact on their lives. At Jersey Women’s Care Center, OB/GYNs Dr. Elizabeth Ramirez and Dr. Huiying Hou have considerable experience helping their patients in Fair Lawn and Jersey City, New Jersey, better negotiate the hurdles that can come with menopause. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Whether or not you have children, your health and well-being are affected by changes in your reproductive health in both obvious and surprising ways, many of which are made known as you transition out of your reproductive years. The passage through menopause marks the end of your ability to have children as your ovulation winds down.

This transition typically starts in your late 40s, and most women make the final step in their early 50s (51 is the average age). You’re considered to be through menopause when you’ve not had your period for 12 months in a row.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

While the transition into menopause is primarily marked by the shutdown of egg production in your ovaries, it also means that your ovaries aren’t producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone any longer. This hormone drop can create a number of different side effects. While some women sail through menopause quickly and easily, others are plagued by life-altering symptoms that go on for years. Most women fall somewhere in between and experience varying degrees of:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight changes
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of sexual health
  • Sleep issues
  • Mood swings
  • Skin changes (dryness and loss of tone)
  • Bone loss (osteoporosis)

While this list isn’t comprehensive since each woman experiences menopause in her own way, it represents the most commonly reported problems.

What is the treatment for easing menopause?

The goal of the OB/GYNS at Jersey Women’s Care Center is to help you make your transition through menopause with the least amount of disruption possible. Treatments depend on the severity of your symptoms and your goals and may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Low-dose antidepressants
  • Spot treatments such as topical estrogen creams

It’s important during this time that you feel comfortable discussing your issues with your doctor so that she can provide you with the tools you need. Whatever your issues, rest assured that the team at Jersey Women’s Care Center works diligently to help you lead a happy, active life long after your reproductive years.

To learn more about your options for negotiating menopause, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.