Prestige Healthcare OBGYN
OBGYNs located in Atlanta, GA
Menopause is a natural biological journey and transitional phase of life, but it isn’t always a smooth and comfortable one. At Prestige Healthcare OBGYN in Atlanta, board-certified women’s health care specialists Lorenzo Simmons, MD, and Charis Trench-Simmons, MD, are fully aware of the problematic symptoms of menopause and the best ways to combat them to improve your quality of life. Call Prestige Healthcare OBGYN or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about menopause and receive the high-quality personalized treatment you deserve.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the natural transitional phase of a woman’s life. It marks the change from your reproductive years into your nonreproductive years. Once you’ve no longer had your period for at least 12 consecutive months, you’re considered to be in menopause.
Menopause is a steady decline in your body’s estrogen production. Estrogen is the hormone in charge of the female reproductive system. With aging, your ovaries produce less estrogen.
Eventually, you enter perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage just before your egg production completely shuts down. By your late 40s or early 50s, you can expect to make the final transition into menopause where you’re no longer fertile.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Some women experience problematic symptoms with menopause, such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased libido
- Irregular menstruation
- Weight gain due to a slower metabolism
- Thinning hair and skin
Every woman experiences menopause differently. Some women have minimal symptoms while others endure years of symptoms that negatively impact their quality of life.
How can I manage my menopause?
Fortunately, there are various treatments and methods available to diminish troublesome symptoms and help you have a smoother transition through the stages of menopause. Prestige Healthcare OBGYN offers several treatments that help manage the more debilitating symptoms to allow you to lead a happier and healthier life.
In addition to nutritional counseling and lifestyle changes, treatments can involve hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and vaginal rejuvenation laser therapy:
Hormone replacement therapy
Since a decline in estrogen causes most of the symptoms, HRT can be a valuable solution to reduce symptoms like hot flashes and disrupted sleep. Hormone replacement therapy can provide relief for women experiencing menopause symptoms and low estrogen and progesterone production. Estrogen supplementation can help relieve vaginal symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness and itching and pain with intercourse.
Hormonal imbalance and low female reproductive hormones heighten your risk of thinning bones and osteoporosis. HRT can decrease these risks and restore hormonal balance.
Prestige Healthcare OBGYN offers the MonaLisa Touch® laser system, a noninvasive laser technique that rejuvenates your vaginal walls to treat thin tissue and dryness. The laser therapy safely and gently stimulates your natural collagen production and enhances the elasticity in your tissue, allowing you to enjoy an active and comfortable sex life during your postmenopausal years.
If you have questions or concerns about menopause, call Prestige Healthcare OBGYN or schedule an appointment online today.