Just for Women: Menopause, Endometriosis and GYN Cancer
The Cone Health experts in the videos below were featured on Fox 8 House Call in September 2017 talking about women's health issues including menopause, endometriosis and GYN cancer.
Am I in Menopause?
We cannot put an exact date on when menopause will come for each woman—it is usually ushered in from a time period called perimenopause, when a woman's body makes a natural shift from more-or-less regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward permanent infertility (menopause).
Hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbance, change in sexual function and weight gain are symptoms often brought on by perimenopause and menopause that can have a significant impact on a woman’s physical and emotional well-being. Abnormal symptoms of menopause include:
- Menstrual cycles come closer together than 21 days
- Menstrual cycle lasts more than 10 days
- Bleeding during menstrual cycle that is heavy enough to cause anemia
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Increasingly painful periods
- Unexplained abdominal pain
Sometimes, symptoms of other serious illnesses can be confused for menopause symptoms since they occur simultaneously, which is why it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any abnormal symptoms.
Dr. Vanessa Haygood, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Greensboro, spoke on Fox 8 about women and menopause.
Endometriosis is a chronic, gynecologic disease in which tissue from the lining of the uterus begins growing outside of the uterus. It is most often found in younger women, although it can happen to women at any age before menopause. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, but it can interfere with a woman’s fertility in various ways.
Typical symptoms of endometriosis include:
- progressively worsening menstrual pain
- pelvic pain
- difficulty getting pregnant
If you are experiencing signs of endometriosis, it is extremely important to discuss these symptoms with your doctor, as early treatment intervention of the disease improves outcomes. Endometriosis is often diagnosed through a description of the symptoms and a pelvic exam, and is sometimes confirmed through surgery.
The severity of the disease can vary from person to person, and the best treatment method should be determined for each individual after discussion with their provider. While endometriosis can make becoming pregnant more difficult, pregnancy is still possible for most women with the help of their health care provider.
Dr. Stephen Jackson, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Westside OB/GYN in Burlington, spoke on Fox 8 about endometriosis.
Gynecologic cancers are classified as any form of cancer that presents in a female’s reproductive organs, with common forms including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers. Signs, symptoms, prevention and screening methods of gynecologic cancer vary greatly among the different forms. For instance, cervical and ovarian cancers do not present with distinct symptoms until later stages of the disease. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for women to schedule regular, annual visits to their practitioner’s office, and to be sure to mention any unusual symptoms they have been experiencing.
Dr. Emma Rossi, gynecologic oncologist at the Cone Health Cancer Center, spoke on Fox 8 about gynecologic cancer symptoms and treatment.