Menopause is a natural time of transition in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept uncomfortable symptoms as unavoidable. At Aventura OBGYN Specialists in Aventura, Florida, Lev Kandinov, MD, offers a range of treatments that can help you feel more like yourself as you move through this time in your life. When you’re ready to get started, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kandinov to discuss your unique set of needs. You can book your visit online or by phone.
Menopause is the transition that occurs at the end of your reproductive period, as your body stops menstruating. For women who’ve undergone a hysterectomy or certain other procedures, menopause follows shortly thereafter.
Most women begin menopause between the ages of 45 and 55, although it’s possible to experience the transition earlier or later. The process can range from 7-14 years. During that time, your body begins to produce less estrogen and progesterone. You’ll also experience changes in the way your body uses energy and stores fat.
Some women have few or no complaints as they move through menopause, but most will encounter changes that are uncomfortable. For some, the experience is truly disruptive and distressing.
Menopause is different for every woman, but some of the more common symptoms include:
Your experience of menopause may include few or many of these issues. If you find yourself struggling to regain balance in your life due to disruptive symptoms, there are treatments that can help.
One of the most powerful ways to treat menopause symptoms is through hormone replacement therapy. This approach seeks to restore balance as your body produces less estrogen and progesterone.
Hormone replacement therapy may consist of estrogen supplementation alone, or might also incorporate progestin. Dr. Kandinov works closely with you to find the right treatment path. Hormone replacement therapy does bring some additional risks for cardiovascular and certain cancers, but you’ll discuss your personal risk level in detail before choosing a course of action.
In addition to oral supplementation, vaginal estrogen in a cream, ring, or tablet form is also available. Certain other medications, including antidepressants, can help address specific menopause symptoms and are a good fit for some women.
Bioidentical hormones are crafted from plant estrogens that share the exact same chemical makeup as your natural hormones. You may tolerate these types of hormones better than those that are synthetic or derived from animal products.
Bioidentical hormones are available in numerous forms, including:
If you have questions about the best way to treat menopause symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kandinov to discuss your specific set of treatment needs and goals. You can set up your visit online or by phone.