This transitional period of your life doesn’t have to be challenging. We can help.
All women will go through menopause at some point during their lifetime, usually starting around their late 40s or early 50s. Menopause occurs when a woman stops having a period, and it can cause changes in the amount of estrogen and progesterone your body produces. As you may already know, these fluctuating hormone levels can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, mood changes, trouble sleeping, night sweats and even weight gain. Our San Dimas, CA, OB/GYN Dr. Richard Williams is here to provide you with the many ways to help alleviate your symptoms to make menopause an easier and smoother transition for you.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
One of the most popular options for helping balance hormone levels in menopausal women is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Along with reduced progesterone and estrogen levels comes an increased risk of osteoporosis (a condition that is characterized by a loss of bone density).
Whether osteoporosis runs in your family or you are experiencing severe symptoms on a regular basis, these are reasons why you may want to talk to our San Dimas, CA, OB/GYN about HRT.
HRT comes in many forms, from pills and creams to patches and intravaginal rings. We can sit down and discuss the different options available to you to help you decide which one might be the best one to meet your needs.
Managing Your Symptoms Day-to-Day
Of course, a lot of women are looking for simple everyday things they can do to help ease and even reduce their symptoms. While HRT can be an invaluable treatment option for managing symptoms there are other conservative ways that might be able to help. For example, if you find yourself dealing with mood swings or anxiety you may want to consider an activity such as yoga, which can boost your mood and also help you relax. If you are feeling depressed you may want to consider cognitive-behavioral therapy to talk about what you’re going through. Having a strong support system is key.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will also go a long way to improving your mood and reducing the severity of your symptoms. Make sure you are getting the proper nutrients you need through a healthy diet. If you are lacking certain vitamins talk to us about different supplements you should be taking. Along with a healthy diet make sure you are also taking time to exercise regularly. Resistance and strength training can go a long way to improving and strengthening how the body functions.
We know you will have questions about menopause and your changing body along the way. Let the experts at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, provide you with the individualized and compassionate care you deserve. Call us today!