Menopause

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May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located throughout Lancaster & Lebanon Counties, PA

Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life, but it can also cause a number of symptoms that you may find difficult to live with. The women’s health experts at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology provide medical management for menopause to help you get relief from your symptoms and age with grace. For management of your menopause symptoms, call the experts today or schedule an appointment online at the office most convenient to you, which includes Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, and Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Menopause Q & A

What is Menopause?

Menopause is the period in your life when your body naturally stops menstruating due to the halt in production of estrogen by your ovaries and marks the end of your reproductive years. Clinically, you officially reach menopause when you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without your period. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but you may experience symptoms of menopause as early as your 30s.

What is Perimenopause?

Before you officially reach menopause, you go through a transitional period as your estrogen levels begin to fluctuate. This transitional period is referred to as perimenopause and may begin in your 30s or 40s. During this period, you may experience irregularities in your menstrual cycle, such as lighter or heavier flows, change in length of time between your menstruation, and months that get skipped altogether.

What are the Symptoms of Perimenopause?

Many of the symptoms women associate with menopause actually begin during perimenopause. In addition to changes in your menstrual cycle, you may also experience:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido


You may not experience any of these symptoms, or your symptoms may be mild. But, for some women, these symptoms can be so severe that they affect their quality of life.

Should I Be Concerned About My Health After Menopause?

Your estrogen protects you from a number of health issues, and unfortunately, when your levels drop during menopause, you lose that protection. After menopause, you’re at an increased risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis


While your symptoms may be your primary concern when seeking treatment for menopause, your overall wellness should also be part of your treatment plan. The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology can help you get relief from your menopausal symptoms and provide care that optimizes your health and reduces your risk of developing chronic health issues.

What Treatments are Available for Menopause?

You can’t stop menopause, but your specialist at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology can provide treatment to help manage your symptoms and improve your health. Your treatment may include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Prescription medication to help with hot flashes, such as gabapentin or clonidine
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants


The team works one-on-one with you to develop the most appropriate treatment plan based on your symptoms, medical history, and current health.

For expert management of your menopause, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology today, or schedule an appointment online.