Young Kim, MD
OBGYN located in Antioch, CA
Menopause is an inevitable phase of a woman’s life and can bring an assortment of uncomfortable symptoms. Luckily, with treatment, menopause doesn’t have to slow you down. Dr. Young Kim is a certified OBGYN in Antioch, California. He provides the best possible care and treatment for women at Youngs OBGYN so they can successfully navigate the symptoms of menopause. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Menopause Q & A
What causes menopause?
Women naturally experience menopause as they age. When you become older, your menstrual cycles end. This is the result of your hormones, estrogen, and progesterone slowing down. But this process varies, and menopause begins at differing ages. While the average age of a woman beginning menopause is 51, you may begin earlier. Perimenopause symptoms may occur in your 30s or 40s.
Twelve months after a woman’s last menstrual cycle is when menopause and related symptoms, start. But if you’ve had a hysterectomy (removal of uterus and ovaries) menopause begins without a transitional phase.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Women experiencing menopause may experience these common symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Slow metabolism
You may also experience vaginal atrophy which may cause urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, or pain during sexual intercourse.
What menopausal options are available for me?
Dr. Kim provides management and treatment options for your menopause symptoms. The options depend on your medical history and your current symptoms. He offers the following popular methods:
- Nonhormonal pills
Dr. Kim explains how treatment can reduce your symptoms and enhance your quality of life. Together, you’ll both decide on a treatment plan.
Are there health risks associated with menopause?
Yes. You’re at greater risk of developing specific health issues. A critical worry is the development of osteoporosis. It occurs when menopause causes a hormonal shift in your body. As a result, you may lose bone density rapidly. You may also develop cardiovascular diseases because of decreased estrogen levels. For these reasons, you should schedule a gynecological exam with Dr. Kim to assess your health as you approach menopause.
Do I need to schedule regular gynecological exams if I’m symptom-free?
Yes. Annual exams are important because they can help catch medical conditions early. When caught early, Dr. Kim can assess and recommend treatments before the conditions become severe.
Exams may help diagnose conditions such as heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis. Some of these conditions can develop when you’re postmenopausal. Additionally, Dr. Kim can screen for sexually transmitted diseases which are on the rise.