Menopause Specialist

Brian A. Levitt, MD

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Snellville, GA & Suwanee, GA

Just because menopause is a natural transition in life doesn’t mean you have to suffer through years of unpleasant symptoms that often precede it. Board-certified OB/GYN Brian A. Levitt, MD, and his team of women’s health experts offer the latest techniques in managing perimenopausal symptoms at their locations in Snellville and Suwanee, Georgia. For more information about staying healthy throughout menopause, call or book an appointment online.

Menopause Q&A

What is menopause?

Menopause happens when your menstrual cycle ends permanently and you no longer have the ability to get pregnant. You officially reach menopause when you’ve gone 12 months since your last period.

The years leading up to menopause are called perimenopause. During perimenopause, your hormone levels rise and fall randomly. These hormonal fluctuations are responsible for irregular periods and other symptoms of menopause.

When does the transition to menopause start?

Perimenopause typically begins in your mid-to-late 40s and lasts an average of four years. The average age for reaching menopause is 52, with a range between 45-58 years.

However, certain health conditions, such as chemotherapy treatment or hysterectomy, can cause menopause to occur earlier.

What are perimenopausal symptoms?

Changes in your hormone levels during the months and years leading up to menopause may cause the following signs and symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Thinning hair
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Decreased sex drive

Dr. Levitt and his team offer treatments to manage these symptoms, such as hormone replacement therapy.

What happens after menopause?

After menopause, your risk of certain medical problems increases, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Female sexual dysfunction

It’s also possible to continue experiencing menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, for several years after your period ends. Because of this and the increased risk of medical problems, it’s important to continue seeing Dr. Levitt for routine well-woman visits even after your periods stop.

How do you treat symptoms and complications of menopause?

First, Dr. Levitt or a member of his team performs a thorough physical exam and review of your medical history. They may take blood or urine tests and ask questions about your menopause symptoms.

After listening attentively to your concerns, they develop an individualized treatment plan to help you cope with menopause symptoms and maintain optimal health after your hormone levels decline.

Depending on your needs, treatment may include:

  • Lifestyle changes such as eating nutritious food and increasing physical activity
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis
  • Medications to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes

To learn more about your options for coping with menopause, call the office of Brian A. Levitt, MD, or book an appointment online.