Transition to menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life, not a disease or disorder. Many women find some simple changes, such as sleeping in a colder room to combat night sweats, are enough to go through the change naturally. But if you find the symptoms are getting in the way of you enjoying your normal lifestyle and are causing you undue stress and anxiety, there are options. The physicians at Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState listen to each patient to provide personal, individualized care, education, and advice. We focus heavily on patient education and empowerment during this process, and patients are active participants in their care. Every patient is different but physicians may recommend:
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy or HRT is still considered an effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause. Hormone therapy—using medications containing female hormones to replace or increase levels of hormones —has been used to treat common peri-menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal discomfort. It’s also been proven to prevent bone loss and reduce fractures in post-menopausal women. However, there are risks associated with using hormone therapy. These risks depend on the type of hormone therapy, the dose, and how long the medication is taken.
Short-term hormone replacement therapy is safe for most women. If your hot flashes have subsided but you’re still experiencing vaginal dryness, vaginal estrogen may be an option. There are very few health risks for using estrogen-containing vaginal creams, inserts, or rings, and they have been shown to improve quality of life. Your physician will review the risks and benefits of HRT with you and re-evaluate your case regularly.
Other non-traditional ways to treat the symptoms of menopause include herbal and botanical supplements, melatonin, acupuncture, paced breathing, massage, meditation, yoga, and reflexology (pressure or massage applied to the feet). Consult with your physician to see if these are safe options for you.
Women’s Health Specialists of CentraState are the best gynecologists for menopause related conditions. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.