Find out how to get your hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms under control.
At some point every women will go through menopause. While for some, symptoms will be minimal and menopause may seem like a non-event for many women menopause can bring on a period of changes and unpleasant symptoms. So, how can our Alpharetta, GA, OBGYNs help you alleviate these symptoms?
Tests aren’t really necessary to determine whether you are going through menopause; however, in certain circumstances one of our Alpharetta, GA, gynecologists may recommend a blood test to check your follicle-stimulating hormone, estrogen and thyroid-stimulating hormone to make sure that your symptoms are due to menopause and not from other health issues such as an underactive thyroid.
Since menopause is a normal change that occurs in all women there isn’t any way to stop it from happening; therefore, the treatments we offer will focus on managing your symptoms until menopause is over. Some of these treatment options may include:
This is the most common treatment option used to treat menopause symptoms, particularly hot flashes. Before providing you with hormone therapy we will need to go through your medical history and discuss your current health status to determine whether estrogen therapy is the right option for alleviating your symptoms.
Since your body isn’t producing estrogen anymore it can be beneficial to your health to supplement with a low dose of estrogen, which won’t just manage your symptoms but can also reduce your risk for osteoporosis (bone loss). We can discuss the type of hormone therapy that is right for you during your consultation.
While some women experience hot flashes or night sweats, there are other women who experience vaginal dryness and pain during sex. If this is something you’re experiencing then our OBGYN might prescribe a vaginal estrogen, which can come in the form of an oral medication, vaginal ring or cream.
There are other types of prescription medications that may be prescribed to combat hot flashes and other symptoms, particularly if you are unable to get hormone therapy due to health reasons. We will sit down with you and talk about your options, as well as the benefits and risks associated with each treatment, so you can make an informed decision about how to manage your menopause symptoms.
Complete Women’s Healthcare is proud to provide comprehensive OBGYN services to Johns Creek, Suwanee, Alpharetta, Dawsonville and Cumming, GA. If you are dealing with unpleasant symptoms of menopause and can’t manage your symptoms on your own then it’s time to turn to us for the care you deserve. Call our office today to schedule menopause counseling with one of our doctors, Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao, Dr. Akiva Gimpelevich or Dr. Hindiya Mustafa.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 10 percent of women struggle with infertility, which is defined as difficulty getting pregnant or maintain a pregnancy. If you’re having trouble conceiving, an OBGYN at Complete Women’s Healthcare in Cumming, GA (also serving Johns Creek, Suwanee, Dawsonville, Alpharetta, GA) can evaluate your case and let you know if you’re a candidate for infertility treatment.
Your Fertility Evaluation
A number of tests can determine if there is a problem with infertility. Possible causes of infertility include a damaged uterus, fallopian tube, or ovaries. Large fibroids may also interfere with the ability to conceive. You’ll also provide your gynecologist with a full sexual and medical history at your initial exam, including medications, allergies, and past or current health conditions. A standard fertility evaluation may also include your partner—a semen analysis will determine if sperm count or sluggishness may be the issue.
If the result of your evaluation is that you have a specific problem with infertility, your OBGYN offers several therapies. These are some of the options for increasing the chance of getting pregnant:
- Fertility medication (may be prescribed to both men and women).
- Surgery to alleviate gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis, cysts, or fallopian tubes that are blocked.
Increasing Your Chances of Conceiving
You’ll work closely with your OBGYN while receiving infertility treatment. Between appointments, there are actions you can take to increase your chances of having a baby:
- Decrease your consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
- Eat better foods (more antioxidant-rich foods and protein, less carbs).
- If either partner smokes or uses tobacco problems, start a cessation program immediately.
- Stay active, exercise, and reduce stress. Try to relax more.
Call for Your Evaluation
If you’re trying to conceive but experiencing challenges, see an OBGYN at Complete Women’s Healthcare for a consultation and fertility evaluation. The office is in Cumming, GA, and also serves Johns Creek, Suwanee, Dawsonville and Alpharetta, GA. Call 770-622-9810 today to set up an appointment with Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao, Dr. Akiva Gimpelevich or Dr. Hindiya Mustafa.
Let our Cumming OBGYN team help navigate you throughout the course of your pregnancy.
The strip just turned pink and suddenly everything changed. You are going to have a baby. Of course, it can feel rather daunting to think about all the things you’ll have to do to keep both you and the baby healthy during your pregnancy. This is where our expert obstetricians Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao and Dr. Akiva Gimpelevich come in. On July 3 we will be moving the office to 634 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming, GA, to provide advice, support, and care to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy.
I’m pregnant. Now what?
Once you find out you’re pregnant, especially if this is your first pregnancy, you may have no idea what you need to do next. Even once you’ve had a positive home pregnancy test our OBGYN will need to confirm the pregnancy and also determine how far along you are. If you suspect that you might be pregnant, it’s also a good idea to come into our office. The sooner you and your unborn child begin proper prenatal care the better.
Once you have an obstetrician in Cumming, GA by your side, you can rest assured that you will get the individualized and comprehensive care you need for your pregnancy.
How often do you need to see a doctor?
How often you come into our office will depend on how many weeks along you are and whether there are any health issues or if you have a high-risk pregnancy. A woman who has a healthy pregnancy can typically follow this checkup schedule:
- 1 visit/month from week 4 to 28
- 1 visit/2 weeks from week 28 to 36
- 1 visit/week from week 36 to 40
It’s important that you follow this schedule as closely as possible to ensure that both you and your baby get the prenatal care and monitoring needed for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Coming in regularly also means that we can spot issues early on. Women who are a high-risk pregnancy, who have certain chronic health problems prior to their pregnancy or developed health problems during their pregnancy may need to come in more often.
What else can I do to maintain a healthy pregnancy?
There is certainly a lot you can do to ensure you and your child’s health. This means quitting smoking, not drinking or taking drugs, and eating a healthy diet. We can also provide you with a list of foods such as soft cheeses and raw fish that you need to avoid during your pregnancy.
No doubt you will have questions along the way when it comes to your pregnancy and it’s important that you have an OBGYN team in Cumming, GA, that you can trust. That is why our team is moving to a new office at 634 Peachtree Parkway on July 3. Turn to our compassionate, caring team here at Complete Women’s Healthcare.
Find out why you should never skip out on your annual visit with your OBGYN.
When it comes to health, we want to prevent problems from happening. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to get annual exams. Just as you should visit your GP for routine check-ups you should also visit Dr. Dori Kasparek, Dr. Supriya Rao, and our new physician, Dr. Akiva Gimpelevich, in Alpharetta, GA, once a year. If you are Russian or Spanish-speaking, the addition of Dr. Gimpelevich to the Complete Women's Healthcare staff means we can better help you, as he speaks the language, too.
So, what makes these annual exams so important to your health?
By coming in once a year you are taking an active step in preventing health problems from happening and being able to detect problems right away when they are often much easier to treat and less likely to lead to more serious complications. Like our other physicians, Dr. Gimpelevich has a lot of experience performing annual exams and can make sure your experience in our office is a stress-free one. He completed his residency in OBGYN at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY, and can tell you these exams are important if you want to lead a healthy life. By coming in once a year we screen for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers. Since cancer doesn’t often show symptoms right away sometimes the only way to discover cancer early on is through these exams.
Furthermore, along with cancer screenings, these checkups can also detect infections, health problems, and even unexpected pregnancies. We know that it’s common for people to assume that health issues won’t happen to them, but even if you don’t have any risk factors you should still come in once a year.
When should you start getting annual gynecological exams?
Women should start coming in for annual exams once they have become sexually active or by the time they turn 21 years old (whichever occurs first).
What is involved in these exams?
During this visit, we will go through your medical history and determine if there are any risk factors or health problems that we should know about. From there, we will perform a breast and a pelvic exam. If you're over 21, a Pap smear may also be performed. A Pap smear allows us to collect cells from the cervix to check for early signs of cervical cancer.
These visits are also a time for you to talk to us about any concerns or questions you might have about your health. No matter whether you want to talk about birth control options or want to get an STD screening, we can help.
Here at Complete Women’s Healthcare, we believe that every woman should be able to get the gynecological and obstetric care they need in Alpharetta, GA. Whether you need to schedule an annual exam, just found out you’re pregnant, or want to talk to us about symptoms you are experiencing, don’t hesitate to call us. Should you have a gynecological issue that requires surgery, you can also rest easy. Dr. Gimpelevich specialized and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, so you can go through your procedure and start feeling better as easily as possible. We can help you no matter your problem.
Discover some of the best ways to keep menopausal symptoms under control.
It’s not uncommon for women in their late 40s or early 50s to experience the symptoms of menopause. While saying goodbye to your period may be a welcome benefit, the hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes and weight gain aren’t. Luckily, our Alpharetta, GA, OBGYNs Dr. Dori Kasparek and Dr. Supriya Rao are here to make sure you know the best measures for reducing the frequency and severity of your menopause symptoms.
Are you dealing with weight gain, thinning hair, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, mood changes and/or hot flashes? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are different ways to manage your menopause symptoms.
There are simple everyday measures you can take to help reduce the severity and frequency of your symptoms. For example, if you have trouble sleeping you will want to avoid alcohol (which can affect sleep and can also bring on hot flashes) and caffeine.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy, balanced diet to help keep weight gain to a minimum. Exercising can also elevate your mood and improve symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. Finding outlets such as meditation, yoga, etc. can also be a great way to combat stress and anxiety.
Talk to our Alpharetta, GA, gynecological team to find out what supplements and vitamins could also improve your health and wellbeing.
Other Treatment Options
When you come in for an evaluation our Alpharetta, GA, gynecologists will sit down with you to discuss the symptoms you are experiencing to help create a tailored treatment plan to help get your menopause symptoms under control.
Hormone therapy tends to be the most common treatment option, particularly if you suffer from hot flashes. Estrogen and progestin are necessary not just for symptom relief but also because they could prevent bone loss (a common issue for menopausal women).
If you are dealing with severe or persistent vaginal dryness and no other techniques or over-the-counter lubricants have helped, then a prescription estrogen cream or ring may be placed in the vagina to help improve natural lubrication.
There are a variety of other medications that can help reduce hot flashes, mood swings and other common symptoms. If we also detect osteoporosis, you may prescribe a medication to prevent the progression of bone loss.
Know that menopause doesn’t have to be a difficult transitional period. Whether you are having trouble getting your hot flashes under control or you want to talk to us about your hormone replacement options, don’t hesitate to turn to Complete Women’s Healthcare in Alpharetta, GA, for all of your needs.
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