Menopause News from Your Ob/Gyn

by |  April 24th, 2012
  

Health Central Women’s Care wants to help you experience a smooth transition into menopause. Ask us about the latest news, and how we interpret the findings.

For example:

  • A new women’s health study out of Penn State linked attitude and exercise with fewer hot flashes. Researchers evaluated two groups of women: one experienced more hot flashes after moderate to vigorous exercise, and one felt fewer hot flashes after a workout. The study concluded that women with perceived control over their bodies experienced fewer hot flashes.
  • Another study published recently in the journal Menopause concluded that the ‘brain fog’ of menopause is real. This is not surprising to anyone who has forgotten the car keys again.

About menopause

The ovaries begin to stop making estrogen and progesterone on the average sometime between a woman’s 45th and 55th birthday. The time in a woman’s life when she ceases to have a menstrual cycle causes many physical symptoms. Your Health Central ob/gyn can talk with you about what to expect and how to manage any discomfort you may feel.

At any age, if you have not had a period in one year, you are in menopause. Premature menopause occurs before 40 when extenuating circumstances like genetics, illness or medical treatment impact the body’s natural rhythms.

Symptoms of menopause 

  • Decrease in regularity, duration and flow of your monthly period
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Sleeplessness
  • Focus issues
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Thinning hair on your head, but an increase of facial hair
  • Vaginal dryness

Ask your ob/gyn about a comprehensive list of menopause symptoms and natural, homeopathic as well as prescription remedies.

Health Central Women’s Care Dallas counsels women at the onset and throughout menopause. Make an appointment with one of our caring ob/gyn doctors, and inform them if you have a family history of breast cancer, osteoporosis and/or heart disease.

 

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Dr. Natalie Light has been in practice since 2004 providing innovative quality care for women in the Margot Perot Center at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Light is involved with Obstetrics and Gynecology. “I’m pretty down to earth, straight-forward and friendly” she says. “I like to have a variety of different age patients at different stages in their lives. One reason I love my specialty is that we usually get to know our patients well.” Dr. Light and her husband, Jeff, of fourteen years have one child. She enjoys spending time with her family cooking, reading, traveling and casual entertaining in her leisure time.


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