Women throughout the world go through menopause and want to know about menopause treatment options to alleviate the symptoms. If you are going through this, know that you are not alone and there are ways that we can help. Our treatment options allow patients to reduce the symptoms that come from this normal life transition.
Understanding the treatment options available helps women to determine which options are the right ones for them. We encourage patients to read this and learn more before visiting us for a personalized treatment plan.
First, what is menopause?
Menopause is the cessation of menstruation in an older woman where she no longer gets monthly periods. This also makes a woman unable to ovulate and she will no longer be able to get pregnant. This happens to every woman, though at different times, with some women experiencing menopause as early as in their 30s, though the average woman is around fifty when going through menopause.
The symptoms that can come with menopause range from mild to severe because they are brought on by hormonal changes inside the body.
Symptoms of menopause
Many women know that they are going through menopause because of the symptoms that they experience. The biggest indicator that a woman has menopause is that periods become irregular or stop altogether, although some women regularly experience irregular periods. There are other symptoms that a woman may experience which are more obvious. These include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Loss of libido
- Lapses in memory
- Mood swings
- Increased panic and anxiety
- Vaginal dryness
- Increased infections
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Digestive problems
Fortunately, with the proper treatment a woman does not have to worry about dealing with all these symptoms.
What menopause treatment options are available?
Learning more about the treatment options that are available is important. Regardless of the specific symptoms that a patient is experiencing, it is important to consider medications and therapies that are designed to help. Physicians may be able to treat a handful of symptoms with one or two medications, rather than treating each individual symptom with something different.
Hormone replacement therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is one of the most used therapies for menopause. Since the body is no longer producing high amounts of estrogen, this hormone is then replaced in the body.
Alternative therapies such as herbs and supplements are often used. This can not only help a woman reduce symptoms, but also make her more comfortable. Acupuncture, meditation and mindfulness are also alternative therapies used by women for menopause.
Treating individual symptoms
Some physicians may wish to treat the individual symptoms that a woman is experiencing. This can be time-consuming, but it can make her feel more comfortable. For example, a cream may be used to address vaginal dryness.
Get help today
We provide help to women who are going through menopause. To learn more about the menopause treatment options that are right for you, call our office and schedule an examination.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Total Women's Care, request an appointment in our Oxon Hill physician's office here: http://drlaurenrodgers.com. Or call us at (301) 804-9516.