Menopause Specialist

Dakota Women's Clinic

OB/GYNs located in Mitchell, SD

Menopause may be a natural transitional period, but it often brings bothersome symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and insomnia. OB/GYN Michael R. Krause, DO and physician assistant Michele Peitz counsel menopausal women at Dakota Women’s Clinic in Mitchell, South Dakota and the surrounding area. If you’re transitioning through menopause or want to know what to expect, call or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

Dakota Women's Clinic

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural phase of every woman’s life that marks the completion of your menstrual cycles. You officially reach menopause once you’ve gone 12 months without having a menstrual period or spotting. At this point, your cycles stop permanently and you can't get pregnant.

Before menopause, you may experience a long transition called perimenopause for four to five years. During this time, your body experiences hormone fluctuations that can cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms.

Perimenopause can last for several years, during which you may notice some of these common changes:

  • Irregular periods
  • Skipping a few months between periods
  • Lighter or heavier periods
  • Longer or shorter menstrual cycles

What are the symptoms of menopause?

It’s common to experience a variety of symptoms while you transition through menopause. They may range from mild annoyances to major interference with your ability to enjoy life. Some typical symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness

When does menopause happen?

The average age for menopause in the United States is 52, but it can happen any time in your 40s or 50s, with a typical age range of 45-58. You may begin to notice the symptoms of perimenopause earlier, during your 40s.

What happens after menopause?

It’s important to continue seeing Dr. Krause or Michele for regular women’s wellness exams throughout menopause. This life transition decreases the levels of hormones in your body, which can increase your risk for certain health problems, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction

How do you treat menopause symptoms?

If you’re suffering from menopause symptoms, Dr. Krause or Michele can work with you to develop a treatment plan for relief.

First, they perform a comprehensive physical exam and review your medical history. They ask questions about your symptoms, sexual history, and address any specific concerns you may have.

If vaginal dryness, painful sex, or mild urinary incontinence are a concern, they may recommend nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation with MonaLisa Touch®. For other symptoms, they may recommend lifestyle changes or medications to reduce pain.

For help coping with menopause, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Dakota Women’s Clinic today.