19 October 2017

Menopause is Not a Disease

In a similar way to puberty, women's bodies undergo dramatic changes during menopause and the years that follow. Important symptoms from these changes may be present for a inconstant amount of time. Once we come to understand this normal process it is easier to accept that menopause and the years that follow should be viewed as another stage in life, not a disease. And once again, as we did in puberty, we will survive, and we can even flourish.

Menopause can create nagging questions for many women. For example, why is it that we experience hot flashes but still have regular periods?  How are you to interpret worsening premenstrual syndrome or the new onset of severe mood swings? We now realize that the transition into menopause may very different for different women.

Menopause, or the "change of life," has not been a subject of much interest in the past. We know that sometime after age forty, and we really do not know when exactly, a woman will go through this normal change in life.  It is different for every woman.  Our mothers went through it, but it was not talked about.  It was probably different than what you are going through or going to go to go through. As a result, we are left with little or no knowledge about this natural manifestation. Our personal memories of this time for our mother, may be that she did not change at all. Some of us remember that our mothers became depressed, withdrawn, more irritable or had mood swings. And we certainly did not relate it to hormones and menstruation.  Unfortunately, we really do not understand much more.

What we do know about Menopause

Here is what we do know; menopause is the cessation of ovarian function. We no longer produce eggs or estrogen. On average, menopause occurs at age 51 in the United States. However, the "change of life" takes place in a woman's body over a span of about 5 to 7 years. But this process can start as early as the late 30’s. At this time we begin to see a decline in estrogen levels.

Reaching the age of forty brings with it certain anxieties and fears. When we get into our forties women often notice changes and begin to wonder if this might be menopause. What we are experiencing are subtle changes due to declining estrogen levels. We suddenly become more aware of our health and may experience different feelings, especially some fear of emotionally falling apart. Lack of knowledge about this process only intensifies our fears.

A Normal Process; Not a Disease

Hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disorders, mood swings, and depression and loss of sexual interest can be symptoms of menopause.  But these are symptoms of a normal process not a disease.  Learn more by calling Dr. Joanne Hinson at 801 364 4030

Why Choose Dr. Hinson

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

Emphasizes a partnership with the patient in her health care, strongly advocating her responsibility in her health.

Focused, nonjudgemental listener, effective communicator and educator.

Considers the patient's overall health, mental state, and social issues as possible factors contributing to her present problems.

Considers the female body as a whole, not just the pelvic region.

Committed to staying current with changing guidelines and treatment options.

Continuously updating skills with emphasis on minimally invasive and in-office procedures.

More About Dr. Hinson

For 25 years Dr. Joanne S. Hinson has provided compassionate healthcare to the women of Salt Lake City, Utah and beyond. From puberty to menopause, Dr Hinson provides the best personalized GYN services… caring for the whole woman.

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