Personal Menopause Treatment at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology
Each stage of a woman’s life, including menopause, requires expert care. Because menopause has its own special set of issues, symptoms, and concerns, it’s important to find a menopause specialist who truly understands. In Houston, Texas, Dr. Sandoval at Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology is that specialist. Working hard to stay current on medical procedures, technology, and methods, he provides each patient with optimal care. Contact us for an appointment to learn more.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause is the stage in a woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive years. Menopause is defined by the absence of menstrual periods for one year. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the average age of menopause is 51, though the normal age range is 45-55 years old. Menopause is a natural part of aging, not an illness, but treatment can alleviate the symptoms.
What Are Some Common Menopause Symptoms?
During menopause, a woman’s body begins to slow down the production of estrogen and progesterone. This transition can be a very emotional and confusing time, with symptoms that cause anxiety and depression. These symptoms include:
- Abnormal periods
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Sleep problems
- Memory problems or difficulty focusing
- Weight gain
- Hair loss and facial hair growth
- Dry, itchy skin
- Sore or tender breasts or nipples
- Achy joints
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Weakened bones
- Increased cholesterol
- Urinary tract changes
How Can a Menopause Specialist Help?
Menopause is a natural part of life, so treatment is centered around alleviating the symptoms. For many women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) with bioidentical hormones is the best option. Because bioidentical hormones use synthetic hormones chemically identical to natural hormones, the body recognizes the hormones and there are far fewer symptoms. Our menopause specialist in Houston can help you determine whether this is the right course of action for you, or if another treatment would be a better fit.
Is There Anything a Woman Can Do for Her Symptoms?
In addition to hormone replacement therapy and other medications, some lifestyle factors have an impact on menopause symptoms. Healthy habits that help control the symptoms of menopause include:
- Getting regular exercise
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Maintaining strong pelvic floor muscles through Kegel exercises
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Taking calcium and vitamin D supplements as needed
- Not smoking
- Having regular checkups
Why Choose Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology?
At Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology, we are committed to providing exceptional care using the most advanced technology. If you’re looking for a menopause specialist, we can help, with treatments that range from HRT to medications to laser treatment. We help women stay on top of preventative screenings, immunizations, and checkups that are critical to healthy aging and provide the latest guidance on lifestyle habits to help women feel their best during the menopause years. Contact us for an appointment. We’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs and fit your lifestyle.