Menopause

Pasadena Pellet Therapy

OB/GYNs located in Pasadena, CA

Menopause is a normal biological event that occurs in all women, usually about age 50. The official diagnosis is made after the loss of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. The ovaries stop producing female hormones, causing many different symptoms. If you are suffering from mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, anxiety, or sexual health issues — including decreased libido and vaginal dryness — call or make an appointment online today with the medical professionals at Pasadena Pellet Therapy in Pasadena, California.

Menopause Q & A

Pasadena Pellet Therapy

What is menopause?

Menopause is a normal part of the aging process for women. Menopause changes your hormone levels and marks the end of your reproductive years. Your estrogen levels decrease dramatically during this time, which causes most of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause.

Menopause begins with a phase often referred to as perimenopause. During perimenopause, the supply of mature eggs in your ovaries decreases and your production of estrogen and progesterone fluctuates and also diminishes. This typically lasts three to five years and includes skipped periods, shorter cycles, increased PMS and hot flashes that come and go unpredictably.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot and/or cold flashes along with night sweats
  • Discomfort during sex (usually due to vaginal dryness)
  • Dry skin, eyes, or mouth
  • A need to urinate more often
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional issues (irritability, mood swings, and mild depression)

It's not uncommon to have other uncomfortable symptoms as well, including:

  • Headaches, as well as joint and muscle pains
  • Decreased libido
  • Difficulty concentrating, along with memory lapses
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss

After menopause, women are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence.

How is menopause treated?

There are treatments available at Pasadena Pellet Therapy to help you with the symptoms of menopause. Your treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Non-hormonal prescription medications
  • Hormone therapy (including low-dose hormone pills, skin patches, topical gels or creams, or bioidentical hormone therapy in the form of pellets placed under the skin)

To determine the correct course of action, the doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy will take into account your age, overall health and medical history, as well as what your symptoms are, how often they occur, their severity, and what you’re currently doing to deal with them.

The doctors will educate you on menopause and determine which of your symptoms are from menopause and which are connected to the natural process of aging. Your tolerance for specific medicines, procedures, or therapies are taken into consideration before a treatment plan is created for you.

For help dealing with the symptoms associated with menopause, call or make an appointment online today with the doctors at Pasadena Pellet Therapy in Pasadena, California.