You long for the day when you no longer have to deal with your monthly periods. But when that day comes, you realize you’ve traded that freedom for a host of more unpleasant consequences.
For the one million women who enter menopause each year in the United States, side effects can vary, but hot flashes, night sweats, and declining vaginal health top most lists.
Whatever you’re dealing with as you make your transition through menopause, Dr. Gary Willen and the team here at Tahoe Women’s Care want you to know we have solutions that can restore your quality of life.
Let’s take a look at what we’re up against with menopause and how we can fight back.
Ending your reproductive stage
Menopause is a transition that most every woman makes out of their reproductive stage. The majority of women experience this transition between the ages of 45 and 55, and it lasts, on average, for 7 years.
Kicking off this transition is the shutting down of your ovaries. As your ovaries cease to release eggs, they also wind down production of key reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.
While the absence of eggs is good news in terms of not having your periods anymore, it’s the lack of hormones that can impact your life in significant ways.
This hormonal change can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes and night sweats, which affect as many as 75% of North American women
- Vaginal dryness, which affects about half of women
- Thinning vaginal tissues
- Bone loss
- Sleep problems
- Hair loss
- Mood changes
- Urinary tract issues
- Cognitive decline (memory issues, for example)
- Lower libido
As you can see by this list, there are a fair number of quality-of-life issues here that can impact a woman’s overall well-being.
Restoring your health and wellness
If you’re struggling with the side effects of menopause, there are several different solutions, depending on your symptoms and your goals.
For example, one of the best treatments for hot flashes and night sweats is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which replenishes your reproductive hormones.
HRT is also a great solution for vaginal health issues, such as thinning tissues and dryness. Another solution for vaginal health is our innovative vaginal rejuvenation technology— MonaLisa Touch®.
There are many ways we can deliver hormones to you. We can take a systemic approach with pills, patches, or injections. Or, if you only want to target a specific side effect of menopause, such as vaginal dryness, we can have you try topical estrogen cream.
The best way to figure out which menopause treatments are best for you is to come see us. We can review your symptoms, and then order up a metabolic panel that will show us your hormone levels. From there, we can devise a plan of attack that will take the teeth out of menopause and make your transition far smoother.
To get started, please contact our office in Carson City, Nevada, to set up an appointment.