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By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
February 23, 2021

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.
 

Understanding Menopause
 

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.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
September 03, 2020
0Menopause SymptomsWhen women reach their 40s and 50s their bodies begin transitioning into menopause. At this point, many women will experience hot flashes or other symptoms to alert them to these changes. While most menopause symptoms are manageable, sometimes they can still be severe or impact your emotional and mental wellbeing. This is why it’s so important to have an OBGYN that you can turn to for managing your symptoms and help you navigate this new transitional period in your life.

Have I Started Menopause?

Common symptoms of menopause include:
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Brain fog
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
If your symptoms are minor than you may choose just to ride out the occasional hot flash or night sweat; however, if these symptoms are affecting your quality of life then it’s time to speak with your OBGYN.

When it comes to managing menopause symptoms there are a variety of options. A lot will depend on the type of symptoms you are experiencing, how severe the symptoms are, and your current health. Lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving your symptoms. These changes may include:
  • Eating a healthy, balanced, and whole diet that is free from processed or junk foods
  • Getting regular exercise that includes weight-bearing exercises 2-3 times a week
  • Finding ways to manage stress through deep breathing, meditation, etc.
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Making sure you are getting enough calcium to support healthy, strong bones
If a woman’s symptoms are particularly severe your OBGYN may discuss the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Hormone replacement therapy involves using a medication that mimics real hormones like estrogen to help balance out hormone levels and alleviate symptoms.

Women who are dealing with particularly intense and all-consuming hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness will often find incredible relief through hormone replacement therapy. Plus, hormone replacement therapy can also protect against osteoporosis, a condition that leads to bone weakness and fracturing.

If you are dealing with night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, and other symptoms associated with menopause, turn to an OBGYN to help you find ways to manage these symptoms effectively.
By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
July 31, 2020
Category: OBGYN Care
MenopauseWhile menopause is something that happens to all women, we also know that the symptoms that come along with it vary from woman to woman. Some women breeze through menopause with nothing more than a single, minor hot flash; however, for many women, menopause is full of bothersome symptoms that make it challenging to sleep or get through the day. If this is something that you’re dealing with then you may want to consult with your OBGYN for menopause counseling to discuss treatment options.

Why Seek Menopause Counseling?
You may want to consider seeing an OBGYN about menopause symptoms if you are dealing with regular, persistent, or severe:
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakening bones (a sign of osteoporosis)
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
The good news is that there are many ways for an OBGYN to help you alleviate menopause symptoms. These include:

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.
By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
March 10, 2020
Category: Uncategorized

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.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
June 17, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Menopause is a natural event that will occur in all women at some point as they age. Menopause occurs when menstruation stops and fertility ends. Once a woman has missed her period for one year she is considered menopausal. While the age at which a woman reaches menopause varies, it’s common for this transitional period to occur between the ages of 45 and 55.

For some women, menopause causes little to no symptoms; however, other women may experience:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Decreased libido

Some of these symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats will go away after menopause. To reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms, it’s important that menopausal women maintain a healthy lifestyle.

When should I see my gynecologist?

No matter your age, you should visit your gynecologist for routine checkups ever year. During these visits it’s important that you ask any questions or address any concerns you might have regarding your health. Your OBGYN is able to address everything from birth control options and fertility treatments to hormone replacement therapy.

The type of symptoms you are experiencing as well as their severity will determine whether it’s worth visiting your gynecologist or your general practitioner to rule out other conditions that could be responsible for these symptoms. As we mentioned earlier, some women go through menopause and don’t experience any issues; however, women who are struggling to get their symptoms under control should talk to their gynecologist.

If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause but you’re under 40 years old you should also schedule a doctor’s appointment to determine what’s causing your symptoms. Hormonal issues and imbalances could be to blame and they should be treated as soon as possible.

What can be done to ease symptoms of menopause?

Once a woman reaches perimenopause (the stage right before menopause) she may start to notice a heavier or irregular menstrual cycle. Sometimes your gynecologist may prescribe birth control pills at this time to treat these issues. Birth control may also alleviate vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Hormone therapy is the standard treatment when it comes to managing menopause symptoms. For example, estrogen therapy has been know to treat hot flashes and vaginal dryness and can be administered as a cream, patch, or pill.

During menopause your gynecologist may also recommend getting a blood test to check your hormone levels. Hormone therapy isn’t right for every woman. Women who have a high cholesterol, gallbladder, or liver disease, a history of blood clots or breast cancer shouldn’t undergo hormone therapy. In this case, non-hormonal treatment options such as prescription medications like gabapentin may be able to treat mood swings, night sweats and other common symptoms of menopause.

If you are experiencing menopause symptoms it’s important to consult your gynecologist. When you come into our office we can help you determine the best methods for getting your symptoms under control. Call us today to schedule an appointment.