If you’re going through or have already completed menopause and experience unpleasant symptoms because of it, the providers at New Beginnings OB/GYN, serving patients in The Woodlands, and the surrounding communities in Texas, including Conroe, Spring, Cleveland, Willis, Montgomery, Magnolia, Tomball, Huntsville, Livingston, and College Station, are here for you. Board-certified OB/GYN specialists Rania Ibrahim, DO, FACOG, Christina Parmar, MD, and their staff offer treatments for menopause symptoms to give you the relief you deserve. Call the office in Shenandoah, Texas, to schedule an appointment or reach out online today.
Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she stops getting a period. To be diagnosed with menopause, you must go 12 months without getting your period. Menopause can occur in your 40s or 50s, with the average age of menopause in the United States being 51. Unpleasant symptoms can result because of menopause and its hormone changes. Treatment offers relief.
In addition to your period stopping, common symptoms you might have because of menopause include:
Symptoms caused by menopause vary from woman to woman and can be mild or severe. Your risk of heart and blood vessel problems, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, and sexual dysfunction also increases after menopause.
Aging is the most common cause of menopause, especially if you’re in your 40s or 50s. Other causes include surgery to remove your ovaries, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or primary ovarian insufficiency, which is a condition that causes premature menopause before 40.
To diagnose menopause, your OB/GYN specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical exam. They often diagnose menopause based on your age, symptoms, and menstrual cycle patterns. But they could recommend a pelvic exam, blood tests, an ultrasound, or other procedures to detect or rule out complications.
To reduce symptoms and complications associated with menopause, the experts at New Beginnings OB/GYN may recommend:
There are many things you can do at home to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of menopause, such as using lubricants to reduce vaginal dryness, getting plenty of sleep, limiting caffeine, and practicing relaxation techniques. Do kegel exercises, eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and don’t smoke.
Your OB/GYN provider might recommend you try plant estrogens or other dietary supplements to reduce hot flashes and additional menopause symptoms.
Bioidentical hormone therapy increases low hormone levels due to aging and menopause, reducing unpleasant symptoms. You might take pills or use creams, sprays, patches, vaginal inserts, subdermal pellets, or other hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy uses hormones identical to the hormones your body naturally produces to increase low levels and help you feel better. Estrogen, progesterone, and other hormone levels often decrease with age, especially during and after menopause, and can cause various unpleasant symptoms. While hormone therapy isn’t for everyone, many women benefit from it.
Taking oral medicines can reduce menopause symptoms and other complications associated with aging, such as osteoporosis.
To get relief from menopause symptoms, call the New Beginnings OB/GYN office or schedule an appointment online today.