Learn more about the Midlife Health Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Navigating the ins and outs of menopause can be confusing. Perhaps you’ve begun to experience menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes or insomnia, or your periods have become less regular. Figuring out where to go for answers and support can often be overwhelming.

Let the Midlife Health Center at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital be your go-to resource for perimenopause and menopause.

For more information about the Midlife Health Center, visit UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

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What Is the Midlife Health Center?

The Midlife Health Center is one of the few programs in the region catering to women going through perimenopause and menopause.

Women who are experiencing the symptoms of menopause can find support for medical issues, reach out for help in managing symptoms, and have regular gynecological checkups at the Midlife Health Center. The center features doctors credentialed as Certified Menopause Practitioners through the North American Menopause Society.

What does that mean? The doctors specialize in the symptoms and management of menopause issues.

They can offer help with a specific problem, guidance on general issues, or help with symptom relief. Patients can come on an “as needed” basis, or visit regularly to see one of the highly specialized doctors as their primary care gynecologist.

Support Throughout Menopause

A woman doesn’t simply just stop having periods and is magically in menopause. She may enter perimenopause first, when her period may come and go erratically, and she may begin to start experiencing the symptoms of menopause. The transition from perimenopause to menopause can happen gradually and with a slew of confusing symptoms.

For instance, the median length of time that hot flashes last is about seven years, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This is significant because JAMA states that hot flashes affect up to 80 percent of women during the menopausal transition.

Doctors at the Midlife Health Center at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital can help manage the following symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Heart palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional changes and mood swings
  • Memory problems
  • Vaginal dryness

Doctors can also recommend treatment for menopause symptoms. The treatments include behavior changes that may help, hormonal treatments, non-hormonal treatments, and some alternative (complementary) medicine treatments. The staff there can also help with specialized guidance and support.

With all of these resources and forms of support, you don’t have to worry about dealing with symptoms of menopause alone.

For more information about the Midlife Health Center, visit UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

About UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. UPMC Magee is long-renowned for its services to women and babies but also offers a wide range of care to men as well. Our patient-first approach ensures you and your loved ones get the care you need. Nearly 10,000 babies are born each year at Magee, and our NICU is one of the largest in the country. Our network of care – from imaging centers to hospital services – provides care throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, giving you a chance to get the expert care you need close to home. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes UPMC Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and the Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest research institute in the U.S. devoted exclusively to women’s health and reproductive biology.