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Menopause Specialist

Women's Preventive Healthcare

Women's Health & OB/GYNs located in Oklahoma City, OK

Menopause is the last stage of a woman’s reproductive cycle, marking the end of her fertility. Though menopause is a normal biological process, the changes that occur before and during menopause may affect your quality of life and overall health. At Women's Preventive Healthcare in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OB/GYNs Sumeeta Nanda, MD, FACOG, and Hoda Maarouf, MD, FACOG, provide personalized menopause care. They offer many treatments and therapies that help you get through this stage of life with ease. Call the office or book an appointment online today to schedule your menopause consultation.

Menopause

What is menopause?

Menopause is when you stop having your period. You officially reach menopause when you go one full year without menstruating. You may reach menopause in your 40s or 50s, and the average of menopause in the United States is 51.

Menopause occurs because your ovaries no longer ovulate or produce estrogen. However, your production of estrogen, as well as progesterone, starts to decline during your 30s and 40s. 

This transitional stage to menopause is called perimenopause. These hormonal changes may cause irregularities in your menstrual cycle as well as physical symptoms that affect your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The hormonal changes that occur before and during menopause cause many symptoms. Some of the most common include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Moodiness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Depression

The types of menopause symptoms and their severity vary from woman to woman. For some women, menopause symptoms are mild. However, for others, symptoms may be severe and disruptive to daily life.

Whether your menopause symptoms are mild or severe, the team at Women's Preventive Healthcare recommends you schedule an appointment to discuss your progression through this stage of your life. 

In addition to the physical symptoms, menopause also affects your overall health and increases your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis. 

What happens during a menopause consultation?

When you visit Women's Preventive Healthcare for a menopause consultation, you can expect a compassionate and patient-focused approach.

During your consultation, your provider reviews your symptoms, your gynecological and medical histories, and the types of medications and supplements you take. Then, they perform a physical and pelvic exam. 

Your provider may also recommend diagnostic tests to assess your general health and risk of disease, as well as your blood hormone levels. They may also recommend a bone density scan to assess your bone health and risk of osteoporosis. 

How is menopause managed?

You can’t stop menopause, but the team at Women's Preventive Healthcare provides care that alleviates your symptoms and improves your overall health and wellness.

Treatment for your menopause symptoms may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Clonidine or gabapentin for hot flashes
  • A low-dose antidepressant 
  • Vaginal estrogen
  • Nutritional supplements to improve bone health

Depending on your treatment plan, the team may schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and adjust your treatment as needed. 

They also recommend you continue your annual well-woman exams so they can monitor your reproductive organs and general health. 

For a comprehensive approach to menopause, call Women's Preventive Healthcare or book an appointment online today.