Posts for tag: Menopause
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.
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.
Like the menstrual cycle, menopause is a normal biological process that affects every woman differently. As the body transitions from the reproductive cycle and fertility ends, hormone fluctuations cause a series of changes that can range in severity from mild hot flashes, to a slower metabolism and weight gain. Many women also experience emotional symptoms associated with entering a new life phase. There are many misconceptions about how menopause affects a woman's health and quality of life. Working with a gynecologist and women's healthcare provider can help to ease both physical and emotional symptoms to maintain health and wellbeing during and after the process.
Women's Healthcare in Alpharetta
Just like the onset of menstruation, there is no set age for when the body begins the process in every woman (the general age range is in the 40s - 50s). Menopause refers to the permanent end of the menstrual cycle, generally a year after the last period. Perimenopause is the period leading up to the end of the menstrual cycle, which can begin several years before menopause. The most common symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irregular menstrual cycle (shorter, longer, or less frequent periods)
- Mood fluctuations and difficulty sleeping
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Changes to hair and skin (dryness, thinning, laxity of breast tissue)
- Slowed metabolism
The OBGYN team at Complete Women's Healthcare in Alpharetta can design a custom menopause management plan according to each woman's symptoms and lifestyle. Many women have concerns about sexual health and vitality after menopause. Constructing a comprehensive plan that encompasses lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise), therapies like hormone replacement if necessary, and counseling to help navigate the physical and emotional changes can help to take much of the fear and anxiety out of the process.
Contact a Gynecologist in Alpharetta, GA
Regular preventive healthcare screenings can help women prepare for the onset of menopause. For more information on symptom management, treatment, and lifestyle modification options, contact Complete Women's Healthcare by calling (770) 622-9810 to schedule a consultation today.
Incontinence, the inability to hold your water, is an embarrassing yet common problem that women deal with. Explore these three things you didn’t know about incontinence issues in women and make it a point to schedule a visit with Alpharetta obstetrician Dr. Dori Kasparek, M.D., FACOG, OBGYN of Complete Women’s Healthcare to discuss your unique case.
Menopause May Be a Factor
Women who are going through menopause are more susceptible to problems with incontinence. One reason is that the loss of estrogen that happens during menopause causes pelvic muscles to weaken. The pelvis is the area of the body that helps control and regulate the bladder. Though incontinence is common in menopausal women, it can also occur in women as young as 18 years old.
Many Women Wait Many Years Before Getting Help
According to Nancy Muller, PhD of the National Association for Continence, many women are too embarrassed to talk about incontinence issues with their doctors. Many wait six or more years before even mentioning the problem. They are often surprised to learn that there are solutions available that could have given them relief during that time. Talk to Alpharetta obstetrician Dr. Kasparek at the first sign of a problem, even if it’s just a little “dripping” from time to time.
There Are a Variety of Solutions for Incontinence
Unfortunately, women who experience incontinence symptoms don’t realize that there are so many potential solutions available. One common recommendation is to try Kegel exercises—a Kegel is a simple flexing of the vaginal muscles that also helps to strengthen the pelvic muscles. A therapy called neuromodulation helps stimulate the nerves in the bladder. There are also medications and vaginal devices that can help ease incontinence problems in women.
Get Help with Incontinence at Complete Women's Healthcare
Don’t be afraid to talk about this medical concern with a doctor—you may be surprised at the modern solutions available for women with incontinence issues. The Complete Women’s Healthcare practice’s aim is to “provide comprehensive and empathic care for women of all ages.” Call Alpharetta obstetrician Dr. Dori Kasparek at (770) 622-9810 or visit http://www.womenscareonline.com to make an appointment request today.