Menopause Symptoms and Treatment
Menopause is a naturally occurring biological process marking the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility. This happens when the ovaries cease producing estrogen and progesterone and periods have stopped for a full year. It is estimated to be prevalent in more than 3 million American women per year.
When this occurs, the onset of the following menopause symptoms may be present:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful sex
- Sleep disturbances
- Urinary tract infections
Some or a combination of these symptoms have also been shown to lead to depression or anxiety in certain women. In our office, we understand women’s hormonal changes and have sought solutions to help manage and treat menopausal symptoms.
How Are Vaginal Dryness and Hot Flashes Treated?
Physicians may prescribe topical lubricants or various estrogen treatments for vaginal dryness and painful sex, during and after menopause. Frequently, the onset of painful intercourse may be accompanied by other menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. To help alleviate these symptoms, your physician may consider you a candidate for medications aimed to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes. Hormone replacement therapy may also be recommended.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these conditions, learn about ThermiVa, a new in-office, non-surgical, non-painful procedure to treat vaginal dryness, painful sex and mild to moderate urinary incontinence. To find out more, download this study, which reports about the procedure and findings.
When Does Menopause Begin?
Although menopause usually begins around age 51, it can happen before age 40. This is called premature menopause. In other instances, premature onset of symptoms can stem from the following:
- Treatment of a disease
- Certain types of illnesses
These cases are called induced or surgical menopause or primary ovarian failure.
If you are ready to take the next step, please call or contact us for your private, complimentary consultation with Dr. Cheri Post. Dr. Post has treated women and women’s conditions for over 26 years, both as a board certified family practice physician and currently as a medical aesthetic and laser certified provider.