How My OB/GYN Can Help Manage My Menopause

It used to be that women simply resigned themselves to the often bumpy journey through menopause, quietly suffering through frequent hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and more. Thanks to increased awareness of the quality-of-life issues that surround menopause, OB/GYNs like Dr. Shaurin Patel are stepping up with a number of solutions.

Menopause is brought about by a drop in your reproductive hormones, and each woman reacts differently. Some may suffer through years of life-altering side effects, while others sail through with ease. Most women fall somewhere in between. If, like many others, you’re grappling with loss of sleep, problems with intercourse, or urinary issues, there’s much we can do here at ObGyn Care of Oklahoma to help. Read on to find out more.

Hormone replacement therapy

Since menopause is caused by a drop in your reproductive hormone production, namely estrogen and progesterone, it’s a good place to start. Dr. Patel can replenish your hormone supply through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There are many different types of HRT, and choosing the right one depends upon your symptoms.

For example, if hot flashes and night sweats are wreaking havoc on your life, a boost in your overall hormone levels may help offset these attacks. If you’re plagued by vaginal dryness, Dr. Patel recommends a vaginal cream or ring that delivers estrogen to where you need it most.

Depending, again, upon your symptoms, Dr. Patel may recommend an increase in just estrogen, or a combination estrogen/progesterone/progestin therapy. These hormones can be delivered through oral pills, patches, gels, or sprays.

HRT is not for everyone, however. If you have a pre-existing health condition, such as blood clotting issues, certain cancers (primarily breast), or heart disease, nonhormonal solutions may be a better way to manage your symptoms.

Lifestyle changes

Dr. Patel has considerable experience in helping his patients successfully navigate menopause, and he stresses the importance of changes you can make on your own to mitigate the more disruptive symptoms.

For example, diet and exercise are extremely important during this transition. To make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need, which change as you grow older, Dr. Patel recommends taking a daily multivitamin and bulking up on super foods full of vitamins A, C, and D.

Getting enough exercise and maintaining a proper weight are helpful in keeping the symptoms of menopause at bay. Studies show that women who are overweight can greatly reduce their menopausal symptoms by dropping the extra pounds. Other research shows that a good exercise regimen -- especially yoga and stretching -- helps to reduce hot flashes.

Armed with your medical history and current health considerations, Dr. Patel is happy to tailor a plan that will have the greatest impact on your quality of life.

A symptom at a time

While hot flashes are most often in the spotlight as the most disruptive symptom of menopause, there are other side effects that Dr. Patel can help you negotiate. For example, urinary or vaginal infections are not uncommon during this time, and can be addressed as they arise.

If you develop incontinence, there are simple solutions to this embarrassing problem. From pessaries (artificial supports that hold your pelvic organs in place) to minor surgical solutions, Dr. Patel works with you to relieve the issue.

When it comes to sex, many women don’t feel comfortable talking about it. We encourage you to be honest and tell us what’s bothering you. One of the biggest complaints during menopause is vaginal dryness and painful sex. Instead of gritting your teeth in silence, let us help you find a solution, which may include simple topical creams and ways to boost your lubrication.

Don’t live with the often debilitating symptoms of menopause any longer than you have to. At ObGyn Care of Oklahoma, we can help. Call or book an appointment online to find out how.

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