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By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
July 26, 2021
Tags: Menopause   Osteoporosis  
OsteoporosisMenopause occurs when a woman no longer has her period for a full year. While menopause can occur in a woman’s 40s, these days the average age is 51 for women in the US. With the drop in estrogen production that occurs with menopause, many women experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, and other unpleasant symptoms. Of course, another concern that OBGYNs have for menopausal women is the onset of osteoporosis, a condition that causes a weakening of the bones.

Osteoporosis can happen to anyone

You don’t have to have a family history of bone disease to be impacted by osteoporosis. While a family history of bone disease can certainly put you more at risk, we also see many otherwise healthy women develop osteoporosis during their perimenopausal and menopausal years.

Other risk factors for osteoporosis include:
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
Menopause increases your risk for osteoporosis

While not all menopausal women will develop osteoporosis, one in two postmenopausal women will have osteoporosis. This is because estrogen protects the bones, and as estrogen production drops this also increases the chances for osteoporosis. It’s also important that women during this stage of life are getting enough calcium to keep their bones healthy.

If you aren’t sure that you are incorporating enough calcium into your diet, it’s important to talk with your OBGYN about whether or not to supplement. The body also needs enough vitamin D to absorb calcium, and with the number of Americans with vitamin D deficiency and suboptimal levels, it’s also important that you have your vitamin D levels checked regularly to make sure you are getting enough.

There are preventive measures you can take now

Most women assume that once they have osteoporosis there is nothing they can really do to prevent permanent damage. This is simply not true! Ways of strengthening and supporting good bone health include:
  • Getting regular exercise that includes weight-resistance training
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes enough calcium and vitamin D, as well as protein, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin K
  • Quitting smoking, if you are currently a smoker
  • Limiting alcohol consumption or avoiding it altogether
If you are at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis, you’ll want to talk with your OBGYN about the possible benefits of medications that can help to either prevent or manage osteoporosis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, you must have an OBGYN that you can turn to for care, support, and answers during this time. An OBGYN can also provide you with the right treatment options to help prevent and manage osteoporosis.
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.