Like menstruation, menopause is a normal part of aging all women will experience at some time in their lives. Each women experiences menopause differently; for some the process is smooth, with little need for medical supervision outside of regularly scheduled visits with their gynecologist. For others, menopause can cause any myriad symptoms that affect her physically, psychologically and emotionally. Here are just some of the ways that menopause can be treated.
When hot flashes become unbearable, many gynecologists will recommend hormone therapy. Most doctors start with a very dose of estrogen; if a woman still has her uterus, she will also need progestin. Estrogen is essential in helping to prevent bone loss; however, caution must be exercised with long-term use, as it may increase risks of developing cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.
Women who experience vaginal dryness may be prescribed estrogen via cream, tablet or ring. Vaginal tissues absorb the estrogen, relieving the dryness that makes intercourse painful and creates conditions ripe for urinary tract issues.
Depending on your symptoms, your gynecologist may prescribe gabapentin to help reduce hot flashes; clonidine to treat high blood pressure; as well as other medications to relieve anxiety, help get a restful sleep or reduce pain. Women at risk of developing osteoporosis may be treated with medications and supplements to increase their bone strength and density.
Many women rely on holistic and natural remedies to relieve menopausal symptoms. Learning proper breathing techniques, increasing intake of vitamin E and soy products, and adding flaxseed to a diet are just some of the ways women find relief. Remember – just because the label says “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Many natural remedies either counteract or undermine prescription medications and aren’t right for everyone. Consult your gynecologist before embarking on any non-prescription treatments.
Even active women might find themselves gaining weight or losing muscle mass. Working with your gynecologist to determine where you can change diet, exercise and lifestyle habits can help a woman manage expectations as she goes through menopause.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy – BHRT – is a proven treatment that replenishes the hormones your body needs to function as it should. Unlike traditional hormone replacement therapies, BHRT is not a one-sized-fits-all approach to menopause treatment. BHRT is customized for each patient, based on individual symptoms, hormone levels and diagnostic results.
Total Women’s Health in North Miami
While menopause is a natural part of aging, no two women experience it the same. The medical specialists at Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness Center are North Miami’s first choice for a lifetime of care for women and girls. Our expert providers will be with you from your first period through menopause and beyond – your committed partners in women’s wellness. If you are peri-menopausal or going through menopause now, be sure to ask about our Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to help bring hormonal balance into your life. Call us today at (305) 981-0231 or schedule an appointment online.