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Menopause is not the end of womanhood, but a transition into another phase of it. One that does not come without its set of challenges. Luckily, it's not a journey for which you have to embark on your own. To learn more reach out to Dr. Richard Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA.
Menopause marks the natural transition out of the reproductive stage of every woman. Most encounter it in their early 50s but several factors, including genetics and certain types of medical intervention, can alter when it occurs.
Although menopause is understood to have officially begun after the absence of a menstrual cycle for a year, its symptoms are often present years before its onset, during a period known as perimenopause.
Irregular periods begin to manifest during this time as well as the more commonly associated symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, disturbance of sleeping habits, and mood swings. Menopause itself brings about other discomforts, like vaginal dryness, frequent urination, and depression, among others.
Menopause cannot be halted but its various physical symptoms can be addressed with lifestyle changes and, of course, the support and guidance of your OBGYN.
Treating Its Symptoms
Improvements to your diet and exercise routines can help mitigate some of the more concerning effects menopause has on your body. Helping to prevent also the more damaging complications associated with these.
Among the most damaging habits you can curb is smoking. It's been shown to quicken the onset of menopause as well as complicate it by affecting its already bothersome symptoms. Not to mention the inherent health hazards of tobacco itself.
But you don't have to do manage it on your own. Your doctor can help you develop health strategies as well as intervene through medication and treatments like hormone therapy.
OBGYN in San Dimas, CA
To explore what resources are available to you make an appointment today with Dr. Williams of Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, by dialing (909) 599-8677.
Why Seek Menopause Counseling?
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep disturbances
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Weakening bones (a sign of osteoporosis)
- Memory and concentration issues
- Hot flashes
- Mood swings
Lifestyle changes: One way that women can improve their symptoms is by changing their lifestyle around to ensure that they are practicing good self-care. This includes everything from getting regular exercise to stress management and deep breathing to healthy eating and meditation.
Counseling or therapy: We understand that for many women, menopause brings a lot of changes, some of which are emotional. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or irritable you may find therapy to be particularly helpful for talking through your feelings and learning new and more effective strategies to help you cope with these stressors.
Hormone therapy: As women transition into menopause, certain hormones are not being produced by the body. These hormone fluctuations are why women deal with everything from vaginal dryness to hot flashes. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing your OBGYN can determine the best type of hormone therapy for you. This may come in the form of a cream, patch, pill, or injection. You must talk to your doctor about the pros and cons associated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Osteoporosis treatment: Many women going through menopause also develop osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones. This can increase a woman’s risk for fractures or serious bone injuries. This is why menopausal women should have a bone density scan done. By catching osteoporosis early, we can provide you with the proper treatment as well as exercises and diet to slow the progression of the disease.
Don’t let hot flashes, mood swings, and weight gain dictate your life or your happiness. Talk with your OBGYN today to find ways to help alleviate your menopause symptoms.
Your OBGYN can help you get your menopause symptoms under control.
Menopause is something that all women will go through, often occurring in their 40s or 50s. Of course, menopause is different for every woman. Some women will go through menopause without experiencing any real changes while other women may experience severe symptoms that affect wellbeing and quality of life. If you believe your symptoms are the result of menopause, our San Dimas, CA, OBGYN Dr. Richard Williams can provide counseling and treatment options to make this transition easier.
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. A woman who hasn’t had her period for 12 months is considered menopausal. Since the body produces less of the reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone this can cause a variety of symptoms including,
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Headaches and migraines
- Hair loss or thinning hair
- Weak bones
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Vaginal dryness
- Reduced sex drive
Treating Menopause Symptoms
When you come into our San Dimas, CA, office for an evaluation it’s important that you discuss with our OBGYN all the symptoms you are experiencing so that we are able to tackle each one. After all, some treatment options will be more effective at treating certain symptoms than others. Most menopausal treatment plans include,
- Lifestyle changes: This includes everything from eating healthier and exercising more regularly to making sure that you are getting enough sleeping. This also includes finding outlets for managing stress (e.g. meditation; yoga).
- Counseling: We know that this transition can be challenging for some women and we can work with you to provide counseling and support during this new stage of life.
- Hormone replacement therapy: The symptoms you are experiencing are due to a decrease in the production of certain hormones. By introducing bioidentical forms of these hormones back into the body we can help balance out your hormone levels and alleviate common symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep disturbances.
- Other treatments: We also provide additional therapies and treatments to address other concerns you may have, from medications to manage osteoporosis to estrogen creams used to alleviate vaginal dryness.
If you are experiencing hot flashes, night sweats and sleep problems associated with menopause an OBGYN can provide you with the treatment and care you need. Call Williams OB/GYN & Associates in San Dimas, CA, today at (909) 599-8677.