Menopause: What to Expect Adam Repole, MD, FACOG, Shares Perspective Night sweats, hot flashes, and skipped periods are all common symptoms leading up to menopause. This time in a woman’s life is filled with fluctuating hormones and a laundry list of what can be uncomfortable symptoms. The good news is that it’s temporary and there are ways to alleviate those symptoms.
By definition, menopause occurs when a woman does not have a menstrual cycle for 12 months, marking the official end of her reproductive period. In North America, the average age for menopause is 51, however, Dr. Repole sees women younger and older as female family history is a factor.
Adam Repole, MD, FACOG, a boardcertified obstetrician gynecologist with Ocean Gynecological & Obstetrical Associates, part of Barnabas Health Medical Group, is known for his expertise in hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery. He provides women of all ages with a full range of gynecologic and obstetric services, throughout their life stages. Dr. Repole is affiliated with Community Medical Center in Toms River and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, both RWJBarnabas Health facilities. Here, he provides useful information on menopause.
The length of perimenopause – the time period before actual menopause when a woman experiences symptoms – varies from a few months to a few years. Other symptoms may include: decreased libido, vaginal dryness, changes in menstrual flow, breast tenderness and mood swings.
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“My role as a gynecologist is to reassure my patients that perimenopause is a normal transition to menopause – and there’s help for them. During this stage, they may experience a unique set of symptoms – like diminished libido and pain or dryness with intercourse – but they don’t need to suffer in silence,” says Dr. Repole. Dr. Repole notes that various forms of low-dose hormone replacement therapy or low-dose contraceptives help alleviate symptoms of perimenopause. But first, he counsels patients on trying over-thecounter products that have soy and black cohosh before moving onto a prescribed medication.
To reduce symptoms and simply feel better, women should consider the following: • Maintain a healthy diet complete with fruits and vegetables • Exercise regularly – Try yoga for flexibility and maintaining strong bones. Alternate with cardio and weight bearing exercises. • Try natural remedies to help with symptoms, especially hot flashes. • Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake, as these can trigger symptoms. Try quitting smoking.
Post Menopause: Put Well Visits on Your Check List “When women go through menopause they think they no longer need to see a gynecologist but this is not the case,” says Dr. Repole. “Well-woman visits are still a very important part of female health – it’s critical to be proactive with your health and wellbeing.” Unless there are problems, pap tests are conducted through age 65. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advocates regular breast self-exams and screening mammograms. During well visits, other tests, like bone density, are performed too.
Adam Repole, MD, FACOG Board-Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist 475 Route 70, Suite 101 413 Lakehurst Road, Suite 101 Lakewood, NJ 08701 Toms River, NJ 08755 732.364.8000
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Published on Sep 14, 2017
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