Women’s Health During Menopause


(inspirational music) – I’m Doctor Emma Miller, I’m an OB-GYN, and I practice at
Timpanogos Women’s Center. One of the best things
about my specialty is I get to start with a woman
maybe in her teenage years and follow her through marriage,
her childbearing years, through to menopause. A lot of women know that
menopause is the change but when does that occur? The average age is 52
but it’s plus or minus seven years on either side so
they could be having symptoms in their forties or all the
way into their late fifties. The definition of menopause is not having a menstrual period for
greater than one year. But in the perimenopausal area when that change is happening,
it can be five years where you’re having irregular cycles, you’re having hot flashes, mood swings. And it’s important to know
that these are a normal part of change but there’s also things that we can do if it’s
impeding daily life. Women need to know that they
can come in and talk to me and discuss the symptoms, and
we can discuss the severity and whether or not it is important for them to be receiving treatments. There’s kind of a taboo
about hormone replacements. There being– if you Google it, you’re gonna find all
sorts of horrible things, but they need to know that
there’s a lot that we can do. That there are treatments
and there is a place for that hormone replacement
to help with hot flashes. (mumbles) is the biggest thing
that we can help them do, get them to sleep well through the night, and so they’re not so
cranky in the morning. And they’re not getting their husbands and their children on
their cases all the time. We just want them to be
transitioning through this change of life the best way that they can, and the healthiest way that they can. So they need make sure that they know they can come in to see
me, during any phase, and that we can help
them through that time. For the patient in menopause
who’s having symptoms, it’s really important that they do come in and discuss those symptoms, and then discuss their personal history. There’s a lot of individualization we have to go through to figure out the best treatment for those patients. It’s not one-size-fits-all. It’s definitely something
we need to discuss with the patient so that
they know their options and they know the different
things that we can use.

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