Living with Menopause
Menopause Shouldn't Affect Your Quality of Life
Menopause is generally caused by the natural slowing and eventual end of the female reproductive cycle as a woman's hormones naturally decline. However, it can also begin due to the removal of the uterus and both ovaries (a total hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy), chemotherapy and radiation therapy, or primary ovarian insufficiency caused by genetics or autoimmune disease.
Menopause can lead to a variety of changes in a woman's body. Collagen breaks down during this life stage, affecting the skin and other aspects of appearance. Most women experience vaginal dryness (atrophic vaginitis) or discomfort as they approach menopause, which can lead to pain during vaginal sex or frequent bladder infections. The decrease in estrogen can also lead to lower sex drive and reduced sensitivity. The term genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) describes these changes as estrogen levels lower after menopause.
Dealing with menopause symptoms can greatly influence a woman's life, happiness, and sexual satisfaction. We at Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health want to make sure these changes are positive rather than negative.
50% of postmenopausal women in the United States report that vaginal atrophy has affected their quality of life. Don’t let it affect yours any longer. In terms of treating menopausal symptoms, there are treatments available using laser and radio frequencies to build up collagen for pelvic floor muscle therapy. Come to Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health. Rather than messy creams or ongoing medication, we offer multiple procedure options to address and resolve your symptoms.
1. Wysocki, S., Kingsberg, S., & Krychman, M. (2014). Management of Vaginal Atrophy: Implications from the REVIVE Survey. Clinical Medicine Insights. Reproductive Health, 8, 23–30.