Menopause occurs when your periods have stopped for at least 12 months. At All Care For Women in Amherst, New York, board-certified OB/GYN Judith Ortman-Nabi, MD, and the team specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including menopause and PMS. If you have questions or concerns about menopause and its symptoms, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Menopause can have many different signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
Symptoms can range in severity, sometimes being rather mild, while at other times, being so severe that they disrupt your daily routine.
Not every woman needs hormone replacement therapy (HRT) when she passes through menopause. In some cases, the woman's transition is gradual, allowing them the luxury of experiencing very few symptoms.
Other women — usually women who have been plagued with a variety of reproductive health problems — may need to begin an HRT plan shortly after entering menopause.
For some women, the need for supplemental hormones is short-lived as their body gradually adapts. Others may need to take the hormone replacements for several years depending on their system’s response to HRT.
Your provider at All Care For Women makes sure to address all of your concerns so you can make an informed decision and see if HRT is right for you.
There are two primary types of HRT for the management of menopause.
Systemic hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms. With systemic hormone therapy, you receive supplemental estrogen given as a pill, cream, skin patch, or gel.
Some women receive combined systemic hormone therapy that includes estrogen and progesterone, which may help protect against colon cancer.
To alleviate vaginal discomfort, the team at All Care For Women may suggest a low-dose vaginal estrogen cream, ring, or pill.
In addition to traditional HRT, All Care For Women also offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are natural hormones created from food and have the same chemical structure and function as the hormones in your body.
HRT is a safe and effective treatment for many women suffering from menopause symptoms. Not only can HRT alleviate your hot flashes and night sweats, but it may also lower your risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
However, HRT may not be recommended to all women. The women’s health experts at All Care For Women may not recommend HRT if you have a history of heart disease, blood clots, or breast cancer (including a family history of breast cancer).
To see if HRT and bioidentical hormones are right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.