Menopause Management

Menopause is the natural life change when a woman stops having menstrual cycles and is no longer fertile.  The ovarian production of female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, declines over a period of 4-8 years.  During this transition time, called the peri-menopause, the menstrual cycles can be irregular.  Once a woman has not had a period for 12 months, she is considered post-menopausal.  In the US, the average age that this happens is 51.

Menopause Management

Menopause is the natural life change when a woman stops having menstrual cycles and is no longer fertile.  The ovarian production of female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, declines over a period of 4-8 years.  During this transition time, called the peri-menopause, the menstrual cycles can be irregular.  Once a woman has not had a period for 12 months, she is considered post-menopausal.  In the US, the average age that this happens is 51.

Menopausal Symptoms

For most women, the transition to menopause is a smooth ride, with the occasional hot flash and unusual periods.  However, not everyone is so lucky.

Symptoms may include: 

  • Frequent hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Memory problems

Long-term effects of menopause may include

Menopause Management Options

Managing Menopause Naturally

Management of menopause depends upon its physical and emotional effects and how significant they are in a woman’s everyday life.  Many women navigate this natural process with simple lifestyle changes such as:

  • using vaginal moisturizers
  • drinking cold liquids
  • avoiding coffee and spicy foods
  • careful layering of clothing
  • exercising regularly 

For women with more prominent symptoms, however, these simple steps may not be enough. Alternative therapies are generally our first recommendation-SP.  They may provide relief for individual patients.  Herbal supplements such as

  • soy
  • red clover
  • black cohosh

Have been used for the treatment of hot flashes.  Acupuncture treatments are also available.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

What do I do, I am still miserable with hot flashes and night sweats after trying to reduce symptoms naturally?

The most common medical treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy.  This is traditionally given as a combination of estrogen and progesterone (for women who have a uterus) or estrogen alone (for women who don’t have a uterus).  These medications can be given in a variety of ways, including pills, patches, creams, and sprays.  These are prescription medications that are made by a pharmaceutical company and dispensed from your local drug store or made in a local compounding pharmacy.

MonaLisa Touch: Revolutionary Vaginal Laser Treatment

To help alleviate symptoms of

  • dryness
  • painful intercourse
  • frequent infections
  • urinary incontinence

you may also be a candidate for MonaLisa Touch which is a revolutionary  laser treatment used to restore vaginal elasticity and moisture without any hormones.  Urinary incontinence is greatly improved and normal Ph is restored in the vaginal canal, greatly reducing frequent vaginal infections and urinary track infections.

+ See MonaLisa Touch

Over the counter lubricants and vaginal estrogens

Over-the-counter lubricants and vaginal moisturizers can be used to help with vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse that may occur during menopause. They do not contain hormones, so they do not have an effect on the vagina’s thickness or elasticity. Vaginal moisturizers can be used every 2–3 days as needed. Lubricants can be used each time you have sexual intercourse.

If you are still having these problems come talk to us.  We can discuss the possible use of vaginal estrogens. 

Menopause Management Options

Managing Menopause Naturally

Management of menopause depends upon its physical and emotional effects and how significant they are in a woman’s everyday life.  Many women navigate this natural process with simple lifestyle changes such as:

  • using vaginal moisturizers,
  • drinking cold liquids,
  • avoiding coffee and spicy foods,
  • careful layering of clothing, and
  • exercising regularly. 

For women with more prominent symptoms, however, these simple steps may not be enough. Alternative therapies are generally our first recommendation-SP.  They may provide relief for individual patients.  Herbal supplements such as

  • soy,
  • red clover, and
  • black cohosh

Have been used for the treatment of hot flashes.  Acupuncture treatments are also available.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

What do I do, I am still miserable with hot flashes and night sweats after trying to reduce symptoms naturally?

The most common medical treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy.  This is traditionally given as a combination of estrogen and progesterone (for women who have a uterus) or estrogen alone (for women who don’t have a uterus).  These medications can be given in a variety of ways, including pills, patches, creams, and sprays.  These are prescription medications that are made by a pharmaceutical company and dispensed from your local drug store or made in a local compounding pharmacy.

Over the counter lubricants and vaginal estrogens

Over-the-counter lubricants and vaginal moisturizers can be used to help with vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse that may occur during menopause. They do not contain hormones, so they do not have an effect on the vagina’s thickness or elasticity. Vaginal moisturizers can be used every 2–3 days as needed. Lubricants can be used each time you have sexual intercourse.

If you are still having these problems come talk to us.  We can discuss the possible use of vaginal estrogens. 

MonaLisa Touch: Revolutionary Vaginal Laser Treatment

To help alleviate symptoms of

  • dryness
  • painful intercourse
  • frequent infections
  • urinary incontinence

you may also be a candidate for MonaLisa Touch which is a revolutionary  laser treatment used to restore vaginal elasticity and moisture without any hormones.  Urinary incontinence is greatly improved and normal Ph is restored in the vaginal canal, greatly reducing frequent vaginal infections and urinary track infections.

+ See MonaLisa Touch

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefits of HRT:

  • Relieves hot flashes and insomnia
  • Prevents the rapid bone loss that occurs in early menopause
  • Relieves vaginal dryness and painful intercourse

Risks of HRT: 

  • Small increased risk of heart attack
  • Small increased risk of stroke and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Small increased risk of breast cancer.
  • Small increased risk of gallbladder disease

You should not take HRT if you have a history of:

  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Breast or uterine cancer
  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
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