At Rose Gynecology, we take a knowledgeable and compassionate approach to treating menopause. While menopause is a natural part of the aging process, the emotional and physical symptoms can be difficult to endure. Our experienced staff can ease the transition by providing you with effective menopause counseling and treatment.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
As menopause nears, your ovaries produce less estrogen. This change can affect your menstrual cycle, causing irregular periods. Over time, your estrogen levels will continue to decrease until your periods stop completely. While going through this transition, many women experience depression, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. The common physical symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and decreased libido.
What health risks are associated with menopause?
At menopause, the rate of bone loss accelerates. This puts women at increased risk for bone fracture. Menopausal women are more likely to develop certain health conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and urinary incontinence. A specialist at Rose Gynecology can help you minimize these risks and prevent menopause-related health problems.
Are there treatments that relieve the symptoms of menopause?
Hormone therapy is an effective treatment for menopause. After discussing the benefits and risks with Dr. Rose, you may wish to start hormone therapy when your periods stop. Combination estrogen and progesterone hormonal replacement therapy can be used to treat moderate to severe menopause symptoms. If you have had a hysterectomy, we can also provide estrogen-only hormone therapy. If you cannot or do not want to take hormones for menopausal symptoms, there are alternatives available. Please ask Dr. Rose for a recommendation.
Hormone therapy can provide relief from certain menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. It can also help women prevent bone loss. However, there are risks associated with hormone therapy. Certain studies have shown that combination estrogen and progesterone hormonal therapy may increase the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots, and stroke.
Women who choose not to undergo hormone therapy may benefit from healthy lifestyle changes that can help minimize menopause symptoms. Menopausal women should adopt a balanced diet plan and regular exercise program. Many women use sexual lubricants to treat vaginal dryness. Prescription medications can help increase bone density and reduce the risk of fractures.
How can I determine if menopause counseling is right for me?
Choosing the right menopause treatment can be difficult. Personalized menopause counseling at Rose Gynecology can help you understand the risks and benefits of various treatments. If you are interested in menopause counseling, schedule an appointment online or call our office at 513-321-7673.