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Menopause is a natural process that occurs later in life when a woman’s body stops producing reproductive hormones. Several symptoms can occur in conjunction with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. These symptoms are normal but can cause some women discomfort. The experienced gynecologists at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, can help with your menopause by recommending specific treatment options for managing symptoms.
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause can occur anywhere between the 30s and late 60s, but 51 years is the average age of onset for most women. Menopause is considered to officially have begun when 12 months have elapsed since a woman’s last menstrual cycle.
Menopause can be associated with a wide range of symptoms, many of which are due to a decrease in the body’s hormone levels.
Common menopause symptoms include:
- Cessation of menstruation
- Irregular menstruation
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
The decrease in hormone levels can also lead to diminished sex drive. Additionally, the lower hormone levels can increase a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis after menopause. Osteoporosis is a condition associated with a loss in bone density. This can lead to brittle bones that are more prone to injury. Other symptoms of menopause include feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability.
Treatments for Menopause Symptoms
Several treatment options are available at our office in Rockville, MD, for managing menopause symptoms. Some methods for managing menopause symptoms include lifestyle changes, over-the-counter supplements, prescription medications, and topical lubricants for vaginal dryness and discomfort. Hormone replacement therapy is another treatment option, but should not be used by women with a history of certain types of cancers. Our knowledgeable gynecologists can discuss the different treatment methods with you and help you make an informed decision.
Experiencing menopause is a natural process, but the symptoms can affect the overall quality of life for some women. Various treatments are available that can reduce symptoms and help you feel more like yourself again. Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled gynecologists to learn about the different treatments for menopause by calling Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, at (301) 569-6301.
At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, our physicians and their support staff provide counseling and treatment options for a very important part of life: menopause. From the management of symptoms to providing the psycho-social support you need to navigate this change, your four gynecologists stay with you every step of the way for a better quality of life.
Menopause and its changes
Often referred to as "the change," menopause typically occurs in a women's early fifties. She becomes infertile due to aging ovaries and very limited production of estrogen and testosterone. Ovulation and menstruation cease, and pregnancy is no longer possible.
Other signs and symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes and sweats, particularly at night
- Vaginal thinning and dryness
- Decreased libido
- Increased body weight
- Mood swings
- Slower metabolic rate
- Dry skin
- Lost volume in breast tissue
- Minor urinary incontinence
- Spotty, irregular menstruation, followed by total lack of monthly periods
Some women sail through menopause with minimal to moderate discomfort. Others, however, experience significant struggle and benefit from close monitoring, treatment and counseling from the team at Capital Women's Care in Rockville. Our doctors fully customize care plans to reduce symptoms, manage emotional effects and increase sexual and overall wellness.
Counseling and treatment options
The American Counseling Association states that for many women, menopausal symptoms may begin as early as age 40. Along with the physical changes, women experience a sense that they are not themselves.
As such, your gynecologist may recommend counseling with a mental health professional. Additional recommended treatments may include:
- Daily exercise
- Adequate hydration
- HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for severe symptoms only for a limited time
- Wearing cool clothing at night and keeping the bedroom cool and well-ventilated
- Exploring the use of natural supplements for night sweats and hot flashes (ask your doctor what's best)
- Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Moisturizing the skin, hair and vagina (use of a lubricant for sex)
- Keeping watch on your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol
- Getting your cancer check-ups at the proper intervals--colonoscopy, pap smear and mammogram
Feel more like you
Menopause really is a big change. However, it's a natural and sometimes, much-anticipated one. For medical and emotional help through this season of your life, contact Capital Women's Care in Rockville for a consultation with one of our four experienced and caring gynecologists. Call our office at (301) 569-6301.
A high-risk pregnancy involves health conditions and pregnancy outcomes of the mother, the baby, or both. At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, our four board-certified OB/GYN physicians consider each pregnancy vitally important. They take special care of moms and babies who present with concerning medical factors and conditions. Learn more about high-risk pregnancy from the experts.
You and your pregnancy
Each patient, along with her baby and pregnancy, is unique. At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, our professional team encourages counseling and medical care even before you conceive so you're well-informed on any pre-existing conditions or risks a pregnancy could pose.
Once you are pregnant, you'll be followed through the 40 gestational weeks with in-office check-ups, blood work, ultrasound testing, and more. The doctors meticulously track fetal development and health, present you with delivery options and educate you on the labor process, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.
What makes a pregnancy high risk?
There are many factors that lead your doctor to consider your pregnancy high-risk. They include:
- Pre-existing maternal health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, lupus, HIV-infection or other STDs, anxiety, and depression, chronic kidney disease, history of pre-term labor or miscarriage
- Maternal age (17 and younger or 35 and older)
- Genetic factors or developmental defects in the baby
- Carrying twins or multiples
- Alcohol, drug or tobacco usage
What you should do
Every mom--high-risk or not--should keep all schedule appointments at Capital Women's Care. Be sure to exercise and eat nutritiously. Ask for help with substance abuse issues. Contact your health care provider with any concerns or questions which may arise during your pregnancy.
If you are high-risk, you will deliver in a hospital, not at a birth center or at home. Your physician will prepare you for any possible delivery complications, such as pre-term labor, or the need for induction or C-section. Also, the doctor will inform you of how your baby will be cared for in case of complications.
Help is here
At Capital Women's Care in Rockville, expect exceptional care throughout your pregnancy. If you're high-risk, we provide accurate medical care and emotional support for excellent patient outcomes for moms and babies. Contact us for more information: (301) 569-6301.
Have you scheduled a well-woman care visit with your gynecologist this year? These visits, offered by the gynecologists here at Capital Women's Care in Rockville, MD, can help you protect and improve your reproductive and general health.
How You Can Benefit From a Well-Woman Care Visit
Visiting your gynecologist once a year is a must no matter what your age. Your appointment may include:
- A Pelvic and Breast Examination: Your gynecologist will look for possible signs of cancer when examining your breasts. Pelvic exams are helpful in detecting abnormalities of the female reproductive system, such as cysts, lumps, fibroids, genital warts, sores, rashes, or abnormal discharge.
- A Pap Test: This simple screening test detects the presence of abnormal cells or cancer of the cervix. Although Pap tests used to be performed every year, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has changed its recommendations. If you're 21 to 29, you will need a Pap test every three years. Women 30 to 65 need a Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years or a Pap smear alone every three years.
- Other Screenings and Tests: Your visit to the Rockville office will also include a blood pressure screening. High blood pressure can increase your risk of kidney/heart disease, vision loss, and stroke, yet it may not cause any symptoms initially. Your doctor may also recommend other tests if needed, such as blood tests to check your thyroid function or screening tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
- Perimenopause and Menopause Information and Recommendations: The perimenopause and menopause years can bring about a variety of changes, from hot flashes to mood changes to vaginal dryness. Your gynecologist can prescribe medications that can help you handle these changes and make helpful suggestions that will improve your comfort.
- Discussions About Your Reproductive Health: Your gynecologist will also want to know about any questions or concerns you have about your reproductive health. Your annual well-woman care visit is the perfect time to discuss birth control options, pelvic pain, fertility planning, or your risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
Protect your health with a well-woman's care visit. Call your Rockville, MD, gynecologists at Capital Women's Care at (301) 569-6301 to schedule your appointment.