Menopause is the natural cessation of menstruation (no menstrual period for a year) and usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Perimenopause, also known as the menopausal transition, usually starts between the ages of 40 and 45. Your hormones will begin to change periodically and cause
unexpected menopause symptoms. Menopause is a significant journey during a woman’s life, and here at Emory Women’s Center at Findley, we would love to be there to guide and assist you with any care and or encouragement you may need.
A few common menopause symptoms you may experience include:
• Irregular periods
• Longer or shorter periods
• Heavier or lighter periods
• Hot flashes
• Lower sex drive
• Vaginal dryness. Sex may be
uncomfortable or painful.
• Mood swings and irritability
It is important to know that perimenopause can last between two to eight years. For most women, it can commonly last about four years. Patients should keep in mind that during perimenopause, it is still possible to become pregnant. If your periods are irregular, then it might be impossible to know when you are ovulating. As a precaution, we recommend that you continue to use your regular form of birth control.
If you have any questions concerning menopause, we encourage you to visit us at Emory Women’s Center at Findley located at 12000 Findley Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30097. To find out more about Emory’s Women Center at Findley or to make an appointment to speak with one of our providers, please contact us at 404-778-3401.