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By Women's Medical Center
November 02, 2017
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life, but managing the physical and emotional changes of the transition can be difficult and menopauseoverwhelming for many women. Every woman's body is different, and as such no two women will experience menopause in the same way, or experience the same exact symptoms. The gynecologists and women's health professionals at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL, offer a range of services in a caring and compassionate environment.

Menopause Management and Support in Dothan, AL

Menopause refers to the post fertility stage (usually a full year after last menstruation). The process typically begins several years before the end of menstruation, and is accompanied by a number of symptoms including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Changes in metabolism

Although the exact age when fertility begins to decline and menstruation ends varies from woman to woman, it generally spans the ages between 45-50+ (the average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51). Not every woman will experience every symptom, and some are more intense than others. But there are a number of ways for women to manage and cope with menopause symptoms in order to stay healthy, active and comfortable as the body transitions to a new stage.

Managing Menopause Symptoms

Menopause is a natural part of life and the aging process, and as such there is no "cure," but the symptoms can be managed. The first step is to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist to discuss your symptoms and the best management options for you. Treatment options vary and depend on the severity of the symptoms, but may include medication, topical creams to relieve dryness, and lifestyle modifications to diet and exercise.

Find an OB/GYN in Dothan, AL

For more information on how to manage and find support for your menopause symptoms, contact Women's Medical Center by calling 334-793-3900 to schedule an appointment today.

By Women's Medical Center
January 30, 2017
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

During the period of time leading up to menopause, your body undergoes significant changes that can affect nearly every aspect of your menopauselife. The OBGYNs at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL share some information that can help you cope with your symptoms.

It's not your imagination

As many as 10 years before your periods stop, you may begin to experience the changes associated with perimenopause, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Breast tenderness
  • Worsening PMS symptoms
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Painful intercourse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Short-term memory problems

The severity of these symptoms can vary from woman to woman. Some lucky women barely have any symptoms, while others experience considerable discomfort during these years.

How can my Dothan OBGYN help?

Getting through the day can be difficult if you suffer from hot flashes, fatigue, irritability and other unpleasant symptoms. Your OBGYN can help you deal with the changes that accompany the perimenopausal and menopausal years and offer suggestions and treatments that can reduce or relieve your symptoms.

In many cases, lifestyle changes, such as starting a regular exercise program, can reduce some common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and weight gain. Exercise improves heart health, lessen stress and anxiety, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Your doctor can also offer advice about sexual issues, weight gain and other common issues and recommend vitamin supplements that will help you stay healthy, such as B vitamins and calcium.

If your symptoms persist or are severe, your OBGYN can offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other medications that will provide some relief. Although many women are concerned about the potential drawbacks of estrogen treatment, the risk of cancer can be reduced by using the lowest helpful HRT dosage or using low-dose transdermal types of estrogen.

Lifestyle changes and medications can make dealing with menopausal symptoms much easier. If you're concerned about troublesome menopausal symptoms, the doctors at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL can offer solutions that will make a difference in your life. Call them at (334) 793-3900 to schedule an appointment.

By Women's Medical Center
October 23, 2015
Category: Gynecology
Tags: Menopause  

Menopause--every middle-aged woman experiences it. Some even look forward to it. Technically, menopause begins with several years of declining hormone production in a woman's body. When she has not had a period for a full year, she is considered post-menopausal.

The physicians at Women's Medical Center in Dothan, AL want all patients in their mid-years to be fully informed on the changes that come with menopause. So, they have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you with this significant time in your life--whether you are approaching it, are navigating it now, or are post-menopausal.

#1 When will my hot flashes stop? Commonly, hot flashes--or brief periods of sweating and feelings of increased temperature--occur before, during and even after menopause. While some women seek prescription treatments for the heat and sweating, many choose to wait for them to resolve--typically, within a year or 2 of getting that last menstrual period.

#2 Is weight gain inevitable after menopause? According to research done at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, a women's metabolism slows significantly in her post-menopausal years, resulting in weight gain, particular around the midsection. While many women struggle to maintain ideal weight during their 50's, obesity is not a natural consequence of "the change." Exercise and a healthy diet help keep off the extra pounds.

#3 Why is sex less comfortable than it used to be? With lower levels of progesterone and estrogen, the vaginal walls become thinner, dryer, and less flexible. A simple fix is the use of a personal lubricant, or if symptoms are severe, ask your Dothan, AL gynecologist about a prescription estrogen cream to thicken vaginal tissues.

#4 What can I do about my bone health? Ask your Dothan, AL gynecologist if a vitamin D and/or calcium supplements would benefit your bone density. Bone density tests are usually ordered around age 65 to pinpoint osteoporosis. Also, be sure to exercise regularly, and eat calcium-rich foods. Finally, stop smoking. The toxins in cigarette smoke contribute to heart disease, cancer and lung conditions such as COPD, and they also impact oral health and bone density. The physicians at Women's Medical Center partner with many of their patients as they undertake smoking cessation programs.

#5 I feel anxious. What can I do? Anxiety, depression and insomnia make menopause difficult for many women, particularly if they are too embarrassed to seek help. Simple lifestyle habits such as limiting caffeine and increasing aerobic exercise help even out moods and sleeplessness. With more severe symptoms, physicians may prescribe anti-depressants such as Paxil or Zoloft.

Live Well During and After Menopause

Drs. Young, Lazenby, Patel, Farmer, Scott and Gibson at Women's Medical Center desire to help each women through this important phase of her life. Be sure to schedule your regular check-up, and in between visits, contact the office with any questions or concerns you may have. Phone (334) 793-3900.