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By Women's Medical Center
December 29, 2020
Category: OBGYN Care
Tags: Menopause  

How your doctors in Dothan, AL, can help you with menopause

Menopause is a normal process a woman goes through, but it can be a difficult process too. Hormone levels plunge, and physiological changes result in a woman no longer being able to have children. The good news is, your gynecologist can help you feel better as you go through menopause.

The doctors at Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, offer comprehensive OB/GYN care for women, including treatment for the signs and symptoms of menopause.

Menopause can happen normally, and it often begins with peri-menopause when a woman is in her 40s. Estrogen levels decline, periods become irregular, and then periods stop completely.

Menopause can also happen suddenly due to medical reasons, or a medical procedure like a hysterectomy.

You may be going through menopause if you notice:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Vaginal dryness and loss of breast fullness
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Sleep problems including insomnia
  • Weight gain resulting from a slowing metabolism

When you visit the Women’s Medical Center, your Dothan menopause specialist may recommend:

  • Taking antidepressant medication to cope with mood swings
  • Taking medications to prevent osteoporosis
  • Estrogen cream to reduce vaginal dryness
  • Hormone therapy to decrease night sweats and hot flashes

There are also some lifestyle tips that can reduce the signs and symptoms of menopause, including:

  • Dietary changes like limiting caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods to reduce hot flashes
  • Drinking lots of water to keep your tissues hydrated
  • Applying moisturizers to keep your skin supple and soft
  • Developing a relaxing routine or meditation to help you sleep
  • Staying active to help keep bones and muscles strong

To read more detailed information about managing menopause, please visit the Menopause section on the website at

Menopause is a time of tremendous changes, but you can stay healthy through menopause. Your doctor can help. To find out more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of menopause, talk with the experts. Call the doctors of Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, at (334) 793-3900. Call today!

By Women's Medical Center
May 14, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Menopause  

Are hot flashes just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the menopause symptoms that you are dealing with?

Even though menopause is a natural occurrence that every woman will go through, it’s still perfectly normal for women to be nervous when menopausethey begin this transition. After all, menopause often means dealing with unpleasant symptoms such as vaginal dryness, mood swings, hot flashes, and night sweats. Luckily, our Dothan, AL, OBGYNs can provide you with helpful tips and treatment options to making transitioning into menopause easier!


More about Menopause

Common menopause symptoms include,

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Urgency to urinate or other urinary issues
  • Chills
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair or dry skin

Some women as they approach menopause will also notice irregularities in their periods before they stop altogether. Periods may be shorter and lighter during premenopause, with some months being skipped altogether


I think I’m going through menopause. Should I see my doctor?

It’s important for all adult women, no matter their age, to visit a gynecologist for regular care. This is because routine checkups, like the ones at our Dothan, AL, office, can screen for certain conditions and disorders that require early detection for successful treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause that are affecting your sleep, work, or day-to-day life, then it’s also important to give us a call so we can help you better manage your symptoms.


How can I manage my menopause symptoms?

In the beginning, many women try to make lifestyle changes and look for simple remedies to alleviate their symptoms. If your symptoms are mild and infrequent then you may notice relief without having to turn to a doctor for care. Simple ways to lessen symptoms include,

  • Eating a healthy, iron-rich, and balanced diet
  • Avoiding spicy foods or caffeinated beverages, which can trigger hot flashes
  • Finding effective methods such as meditation or yoga for alleviating stress
  • Maintaining a healthy weight (and losing excess weight)
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Staying hydrated by drinking anywhere from 8-12 glasses of water/day
  • Turning to certain natural products and supplements like black cohosh, probiotics, and phytoestrogens

Menopause is normal; however, we don’t think you should have to just put up with uncomfortable symptoms. If you find that simple at-home treatments and care aren’t providing you with the relief you need, then it’s time to talk to us about other options. Sometimes hormonal therapy can be an ideal option for women dealing with hot flashes, while also preventing osteoporosis (a common problem for women as they age).


Give us a call!

If you are having trouble getting your menopause symptoms under control, our gynecological team is here to help! Call Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, AL, today at (334) 793-3900.

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.