Menopause care

NBC News
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 8:37am

A woman will spend about a third of her life in menopause.

You're probably familiar with the obvious signs of menopause like hot flashes and night sweats, but there are many more physical and mental health issues associated with it that can be frustrating, even debilitating.

That's why a new center in Texas is dedicated to helping women receive the best quality of life during those sometimes challenging years.

Retired political science professor Pauline Schloesser now owns a yoga studio. A healthy, active 49 year-old, she started experiencing symptoms of menopause in her mid-forties, joint pain, vision changes, headaches then her libido.

Pauline is one of the first patients at the Menopause Center at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. It's an extension of the hospital's mission to care for women well past motherhood.

What's unique about this center is that doctors focus not only on the physical changes a woman goes through during menopause, but also psychiatric issues. Gynecologist Dr. Ronald Young is a leading researchers in his field and says with the controversies surrounding hormone replacement therapy, specialists here are dedicated to offering women the latest data and cutting edge treatment available.

Doctors say preventative care and lifestyle changes can also ease the journey through menopause.

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