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Menopause is one of the biggest transitional periods you’ll go through in life, so it’s important to have a caring OB/GYN team by your side as you enter and endure this phase. If you’re suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and other menopause symptoms, reach out to Bella Women’s Care in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, for relief. Book your appointment online or call one of the offices to schedule a visit now.
Menopause can be different for each woman in terms of length and side effects. Most women go through a range of changes during this time, which lasts for around 4-5 years on average. Some of the most frequently occurring symptoms include:
Your symptoms may only be occasional, but they can be severe enough to interfere with your quality of life. Fortunately, you can manage these symptoms with your Bella Women’s Care practitioner’s help.
If your menopause symptoms are intrusive, hormone replacement therapy may be a good option to consider. The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to restore your estrogen back to its pre-menopause level.
Usually, you’ll take progesterone along with the estrogen because this combination minimizes cancer risk. This can alleviate most or even all of your menopause symptoms.
Hormone replacement comes in several forms, including oral tablets, skin patches, and bioidentical hormone pellets that your Bella Women’s Care provider implants under your skin. You can also use low-dose topical estrogen creams or gels to treat symptoms like poor vaginal elasticity and vaginal dryness.
If hormone replacement isn't right for you, or if it doesn't address all of your menopause symptoms, you may benefit from another type of treatment. Some other options include:
Antidepressants, in particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs), can help with depression and other mood symptoms. SSRIs can also help with hot flashes.
Gabapentin is technically an anticonvulsant to control seizures, but the medication is often prescribed to help with hot flashes during menopause as well.
Clonidine is usually prescribed for hypertension, but it's also used to minimize hot flashes during menopause.
Your practitioner may also recommend that you take a supplement like vitamin D for stronger bones, along with a prescription medication to help slow down the bone loss that can happen during menopause.
Menopause doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable transition. With the help of the skilled OB/GYN team at Bella Women’s Care, you can feel like yourself again. Book now using the online scheduler or call for your appointment today.