Every woman embarks on the journey toward menopause at some point, although each individual path brings unique challenges. OB/GYN Michael J. Barnthouse, MD, provides personalized care for women through all stages of menopause at his practice, serving Johnson County, Kansas, and the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area. Whether you’re looking for gynecology services, vaginal rejuvenation, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Barnthouse can help you transition through menopause. To learn more, call his office or book an appointment online today.
Menopause is a natural biological process that indicates an end to your menstrual cycles and childbearing years. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, but it can happen anytime in your 40s or 50s.
Although you haven’t officially reached menopause until you go 12 full months without a menstrual period, the years leading up to your last period may involve several changes to your body. This transition is called perimenopause and often involves hormone fluctuations that can trigger the appearance of menopausal symptoms.
When you reach menopause, your body stops producing estrogen and progesterone. The decline of these hormones and variations in hormone levels during perimenopause may cause you to experience the following symptoms:
Menopausal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may come on suddenly or gradually. They can be persistent or occur intermittently. No matter what type of symptoms you experience, Dr. Barnthouse works with you to create a treatment plan customized to your individual needs.
Even though menopause marks the end of your childbearing years, it’s still crucial to see Dr. Barnthouse for regular exams to avoid potential complications. As your hormone levels decline, you become more susceptible to certain medical conditions that benefit from early diagnosis and treatment.
Menopause may increase your risk of developing the following conditions:
Dr. Barnthouse practices a comprehensive approach to women’s health and spends time with you to develop a personalized menopause treatment plan that best addresses your needs. He specializes medical treatment with bioidentical hormones.
Depending on your unique circumstances, Dr. Barnthouse may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
If you’re looking for a caring OB/GYN to help you through the changes of menopause, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnthouse today.