MENOPAUSE Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is a natural transition that occurs at the end of your reproductive period, as your body stops producing the female hormones and stops menstruating. For women who’ve undergone the removal of their ovaries menopause follows shortly thereafter.
Most women begin menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, with average age of menopause in the USA occurring at 51 years old. although it’s possible to experience the transition earlier or later. The perimenopausal transition can range from 2-7 years. During that time, your body begins to produce less estrogen and progesterone. You’ll also experience changes in the way your body uses energy and stores fat.
Some women have few or no complaints as they move through menopause, but most will encounter changes that are uncomfortable. For some, the experience is truly disruptive and distressing.
What are some symptoms of menopause?
Menopause is different for every woman, but some of the more common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Fatigue/decreased energy
- Lower libido
- Sleep disruption
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Bladder control issues/urinary incontinence
- Vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse
Your experience of menopause may include few or many of these issues. If you find yourself struggling to regain balance in your life due to disruptive symptoms, there are treatments that can help.
What are some treatment options for menopause?
One of the most powerful ways to treat menopause symptoms is through hormone replacement therapy. This approach seeks to restore balance as your body produces less estrogen and progesterone.
Hormone replacement therapy may consist of estrogen supplementation alone, or might also incorporate progestin. Dr. Kandinov works closely with you to find the right treatment path. Hormone replacement therapy does bring some additional risks for cardiovascular and certain cancers, but you’ll discuss your personal risk level in detail before choosing a course of action.
In addition to oral supplementation, vaginal estrogen in a cream, ring, or tablet form is also available. We also offer Mona Lisa touch, Morpheus and InMode Votive Forma V treatments to help alleviate vaginal dryness symptoms. Certain other medications, including antidepressants, can help address specific menopause symptoms and are a good fit for some women.
We also offer testosterone pellets to increase your energy, improve libido and sex drive and to help maintain bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormones are crafted from plant estrogens that share the exact same chemical makeup as your natural hormones. You may tolerate these types of hormones better than those that are synthetic or derived from animal products.
Bioidentical hormones are available in numerous forms, including:
If you have questions about the best way to treat menopause symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kandinov to discuss your specific set of treatment needs and goals. You can set up your visit online or by phone.