Menopause Management

Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Burlington, MA

Menopause Management services offered in Burlington, MA

Women start to transition to menopause in the mid to late forties. For some women the journey may involve distressing side effects. If you have trouble coping with menopause symptoms, the experts at Burlington OBGYN Associates in Burlington, Massachusetts can help. Our team offers comprehensive menopause management, that is personalized to your specific conditions that helps you overcome problems like hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Call Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. or book an appointment online today for compassionate help managing your menopause.

Menopause Management Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural process occurring as women age. Production of estrogen and progesterone (the hormones necessary for reproduction) slows, and your ovaries stop releasing eggs. You no longer have periods and can’t conceive any more children.

Menopause officially happens when you haven’t had a period for at least 12 consecutive months. Before this, your menstrual cycle is likely to change and become irregular, so your periods may happen every three or five weeks and then gradually get more infrequent. You might also experience spotting between periods.

The time leading up to menopause is perimenopause, which could last five or more years. The average age for menopause in American women is 51, but some women reach it earlier and others later.

Why might I benefit from menopause management?

Some women experience few or no problems during perimenopause and menopause. For others, it’s a distressing and uncomfortable experience. Symptoms that menopause can cause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry, thinning hair and skin
  • Problems with concentration
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Memory issues
  • Pain during sex
  • Reduced libido (sex drive)

If you suffer from symptoms like these that affect your quality of life, experts at Burlington OBGYN Associates can help with comprehensive menopause management.

 What is involved in menopause management?

Menopause management is a whole-body approach to reducing your symptoms. Some women benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which increases estrogen and/or progesterone levels. HRT addresses some of the more severe menopause symptoms but isn’t suitable for everyone, so it’s vital to consult with our experts.

Other treatments that can help with menopausal symptoms include medications like antidepressants. Topical estrogen creams and lubricant gels reduce vaginal dryness and prevent painful sex. You can also significantly improve your well-being by eating a nutritious, varied diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress.

Postmenopausal years can create additional problems because low estrogen levels cause loss of bone density. This leads to osteoporosis and a high risk of fractures. Our team can order a bone density scan to check your bone health and advise on taking supplemental vitamin D and calcium to prevent the condition from worsening.

Call Burlington OBGYN Associates Inc. to schedule a menopause management consultation or book an appointment online today.