Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
If you’ve missed your period for 12 consecutive months — and the skipped periods aren’t due to a health issue — you’re likely in menopause. Menopause brings significant changes in your body. Your ovaries gradually stop producing the hormone estrogen. The level of other hormones in your body also declines.
Because these changes can be significant, it’s a good time to consult with Dr. Greenspan to manage the symptoms of menopause. She may recommend tests, such as a bone density evaluation to assess your risk for osteoporosis. Although women start losing bone in their 30s, the process speeds up after you’re in menopause.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Each woman’s experience with menopause is unique. In the run-up to menopause, you may experience certain perimenopausal symptoms. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness, burning, or pain
- Memory problems
- Less desire for sex
- Weight gain
- Change in your menstrual cycles
Up to half of postmenopausal women notice their vaginal health has changed.
How is menopause treated?
Dr. Greenspan performs a physical exam and takes a detailed health history to understand the symptoms you’re experiencing. As a certified menopause practitioner, she provides specialized experience in menopause management.
She discusses options, such as hormone replacement therapy to make up for the loss of estrogen and to alleviate your menopausal symptoms. You may take the hormones in a variety of ways, including:
A vaginal ring also can deliver hormones throughout your body. Your recommended treatment depends on certain factors, including whether or not you still have a uterus.
How is vaginal dryness treated in menopause?
If you’re less interested in sex due to vaginal dryness, Dr. Greenspan offers a noninvasive, non-hormonal laser therapy called MonaLisa Touch. The treatment is performed in the office, requires no downtime, and produces only minimal side effects.
MonaLisa Touch uses laser energy to stimulate a healing response in your vaginal tissues. The treatment takes only five minutes. Dr. Greenspan generally recommends three procedures staggered over 18 weeks.
If you think you’re in menopause and are experiencing uncomfortable changes in your health and well-being, you can rely on Dr. Greenspan for specialized care. Call Carrie Greenspan, MD, FACOG, today or schedule a consultation online.