The natural ebb of the menstrual cycle begins in most women in their late 40s or early 50s. Once you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months, you’re in menopause. It’s a normal part of aging, but it can bring frustrating symptoms, such as:
Symptoms typically begin in women some four years before their last period, and 10% of women could be dealing with symptoms for up to 12 years after their last period.
At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, our doctors, Rachel Spieldoch, MD, and Kimberly Hartzfeld, DO, are passionate about women’s health care. At our state-of-the-art clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, we help women navigate the sometimes difficult transition through perimenopause and menopause.
Unfortunately, the menopausal transition can take 7-14 years. Here are four important ways we can help reduce the severity of your menopause symptoms:
Most of the symptoms of menopause are linked to hormonal imbalance. As you near middle-age, your estrogen begins to decline, which in turn disrupts your progesterone levels. That’s why we’re proponents of customized hormone replacement therapy. Our practice has experience and knowledge in developing customized hormone regimens to help each women suffering from menopausal symptoms and seeking hormonal treatment.
Our team uses bioidentical hormones that match the structure of what your body produces naturally to help stabilize hormone fluctuations and keep your symptoms at bay. We have expertise with inserting bioidentical hormone pellets, and believe that each woman has individualized hormonal needs.
If hormone replacement therapy isn’t right for you, we work to help you make lifestyle modifications. Our team partners with you to customize a diet that’s rich in calcium and phytoestrogenic foods and an exercise plan to stave off bone loss, reduce stress, and boost metabolism and circulation.
Depending on your needs and goals, we may recommend an oral contraceptive or antidepressants to subdue your symptoms. Of course, medications are only considered in conjunction with your risk for the side effects that may accompany them.
Using radiofrequency technology, vaginal rejuvenation triggers collagen production to renew and regenerate your vaginal tissues. Our doctors are highly experienced in minimally invasive rejuvenation therapies like platelet-rich plasma, Votiva, and Aviva to repair vaginal laxity and dryness and restore your female wellness.
You don’t have to suffer through menopause. Turn to our caring team to help reduce and eliminate the severity of your symptoms. Call our Scottsdale, Arizona, suite at 480-483-9011 today for an appointment or book online at your convenience.