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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.
SUFFERING FROM HOT FLASHES HERE IS A FEW TIPS TO STAYING COOL
Hot flashes can occur at any moment, one minute you're going about your normal day, and the next you're drenched in sweat. Hot flashes are arguably one of the worst parts of menopause, and they affect about 75% of post-menopausal women and almost half of perimenopausal women. They come on suddenly, can happen multiple times a day or week and may persist for years.
Hot Flashes usually subside over time, here are some tips that can help you in the meantime.
Slight increases in the body's temperature can trigger hot flashes. By dressing in layers you can shed your clothes when you feel a hot flash coming on. You can also buy tank tops that are dry fit they can wisk away moisture and heat from your skin. If hot flashes occur at night, try lowering your thermostat or switching to cotton sheets and pajamas that let your skin breathe.
Carry Peppermint or Wipes
Get a spray bottle and put five drops of peppermint oil and mix with a little water.When the heat strikes, spray a little on your neck, chest or forehead. The spray will evaporate and the peppermint oil will provide a soothing, cooling effect (it will also make you smell fresh). Use a cool, moist washcloth or wipes. Cooling Wipes can also help,
Change in Diet
What to eat: Try some trail mix. Almonds and sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, which studies suggest may help with hot-flash symptoms. Plus, diets rich in fruits, including strawberries, pineapple, melon, apricot and mango, as well as Mediterranean diets have been shown to decrease the number of hot flashes, especially compared to diets high in fat and sugar. A better diet might help in other ways, too – weight loss has been shown to improve hot flashes.
What not to eat: Avoid hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and diet pills, which have all been shown to trigger hot flashes.
Try a Supplement
Black cohosh supplements are a controversial hot-flash remedy that has been shown to improve severity and frequency of hot flashes. However, black cohosh may not be appropriate for people with liver disease. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new supplement.
Yoga, meditation and other stress-reducing techniques could cut your hot flashes in half, one study says. If you can feel one coming on, practicing controlled breathing techniques and muscle relaxation regularly during a hot flash could cut down how often you'll get them.
Smoking is associated with increased hot flashes. Cut your cancer risk, improve your lung function and cool off all at once by kicking that cigarette habit.
These are just a few tips for staying cool, always consult your doctor before trying any supplements.