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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.
When women reach a certain age (generally 45 to around 55) the stage of menopause begins. This can cause a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain. Some women may only need minor treatment for their symptoms. For others, however, the perfect combination of treatments is needed to ensure that they get through menopause successfully. Here at Women’s Care Center in Rockville, MD, our physicians can help you find the most appropriate treatments to help you manage your symptoms.
What are The Symptoms of Menopause?
Every woman’s menopause experience is unique, complete with varying symptoms that come in different intensity levels. In general, the main symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, weight gain, and night sweats. With hot flashes, you will feel a sudden and intense feeling of heat that comes from within your body. In turn, this causes redness in your face and body, excessive sweating, and an accelerated heartbeat.
When you experience hot flashes at night, you may become so drenched in sweat that you may need to change your clothes, but then feel overly chill once the episode passes. Studies have shown that these hot flashes are a result of changes to your hypothalamus, which is responsible for regulating your body temperature. Additionally, the fluctuation and depletion of your hormone levels could likewise lead to the following symptoms:
- Slower metabolism and weight gain
- Mood swings with symptoms of anxiety and depression that could be exacerbated by the specific stage of life you’re in
- Skin problems, hair loss, dry mouth and eyes, and brittle nails
- Sleep issues because of anxiety or depression, or hot flashes
- Cognitive and memory problems due to aging, sleep problems, hot flashes, and depression
- Sexual health issues including vaginal dryness, reduced sex drive, and pain during penetration
How to Treat and Manage Menopausal Symptoms
Most menopausal symptoms are manageable or treatable, either through lifestyle changes, medications, or alternative and complementary medicine. During your consultation with one of the doctors here at the Women’s Care Center in Rockville, MD, we will help you find the right combination of treatments for your menopause symptoms.
Commonly, medical treatments for addressing symptoms can include HRT or hormone replacement therapy, clonidine, antidepressants, and gamma-aminobutyric acid. Alternative and complementary therapies include yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, and acupuncture. Additionally, lifestyle modifications include exercising more regularly and intensely, quitting smoking, strategic clothing, and using vaginal lubricants and moisturizers.
Looking for Menopause Relief?
Visit Capital Women’s Care here in Rockville, MD, or call us at (301) 569-6301 to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors. You can also reach us at (240) 790-1725 for after-hours and emergency concerns.
Do you have questions about the changes you’ll experience with menopause?
All women will go through menopause, usually once they reach their 40s and 50s. Since the body is no longer producing the hormones necessary to reproduce, your period will cease. There are some changes that can be challenging for menopausal women to tackle. Our Rockville, MD, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, Dr. Leslie Masiky and Dr. Adam Footer are here to answers your most frequently asked questions regarding menopause.
Q. How do I treat hot flashes?
A. Menopausal women can face a variety of symptoms during this transitional phase. You may experience mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and a decrease in sex drive. The severity of symptoms will also differ from one woman to another. Of course, if you are dealing with hot flashes you may want to talk to our Rockville, MD, gynecologist about hormone therapy, medications or alternative therapies like acupuncture that can get your hot flashes under control.
Q. Can I stop taking birth control now?
A. Since your periods may now be infrequent or have stopped altogether, it might be tempting to jump off your birth control but it’s important that you continue to take it. Women who are in the beginning stage of menopause (known as perimenopause) can still become pregnant.
Q. Is hormone replacement therapy right for me?
A. Hormone replacement therapy is a great option for women who are dealing with severe symptoms of menopause that aren’t finding relief through lifestyle changes. HRT works to provide synthetic replacements for the hormones estrogen and progesterone to reduce your menopause symptoms and stave off certain health complications that occur as a result of menopause.
Q. When should I see an OBGYN?
A. Some women go through menopause and experience no problems while other women experience severe issues that affect their quality of life. If your menopause is impacting you then it’s time to visit your OBGYN. Women who are under 40 years old who are experiencing symptoms of menopause should definitely come into the office as soon as possible since other conditions could be affecting your hormone levels.
Q. Are there any health complications associated with menopause?
A. Now that estrogen and progesterone aren’t being produced this can increase your chances of osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease. This is why it’s always a good idea to visit your doctor once a year to monitor your health.
Do you have more questions for us? Need to schedule an appointment with us? Then call Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD, today.