Some women breeze through menopause with minimal issues. But if you are debilitated by menopause symptoms, you’re not alone. Help is available at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group offices in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey.
Our experienced OB/GYNs understand the challenges you can face during the hormone fluctuations of menopause. Our team takes a compassionate approach to addressing your unique experience as you reach the end of your childbearing years.
Recognizing the symptoms of menopause
Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life when periods stop for good. The time leading up to the end of your menstrual cycle is known as perimenopause.
During perimenopause, your body slows down its production of estrogen and other reproductive hormones. This causes a fluctuation in hormone levels, which can trigger a range of symptoms that vary from mild to severe.
Because hormones regulate many of your biological functions, their decline can cause symptoms like:
- Irregular periods
- Heavy periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain with sex
- Urinary incontinence
- Mental health issues like anxiety and depression
Perimenopause can start 10 years before your periods stop altogether. For some women, symptoms can persist for many years and significantly impact their quality of life.
Menopause help is available
While menopause can be a stressful time, there are solutions available to make your journey into your postmenopausal years easier. Our experienced OB/GYNs specialize in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore your natural hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, symptom relief is possible.
Our team can design a therapy plan that includes estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progesterone. We offer several HRT delivery methods, including:
- Oral pills
Your provider can also implant a hormone pellet under the surface of your skin. The pellet slowly dissolves over several months and delivers a steady stream of replacement hormones directly into your bloodstream.
We continue to monitor your success with treatment and can adjust your hormone dosage as needed to keep symptoms well-controlled.
Nonhormonal therapies for menopause symptom relief
While hormone replacement therapy is a safe and effective treatment, there are some women who may not be able to tolerate hormones.
If you have a history of smoking or are prone to blood clots, HRT can cause serious side effects. Women with a history of ovarian, uterine, or other reproductive cancers may also not be a candidate for HRT.
When hormone therapy isn’t an option, our physicians can recommend alternative strategies you can use to feel more like yourself. They might suggest:
- Daily exercise
- Lifestyle changes
- Diet modifications
- Stress reduction techniques
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications
There are also non-hormonal supplements available to support your overall health and wellness. We can also seek out other resources you need to feel your best and navigate the menopause journey with ease.
Call The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group office near you to schedule a menopause consultation or book an appointment online today.