Oh the joys of going through menopause! You know…the night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, and moodiness. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and every woman who has experienced menopause knows it’s no fun. Some women have it easier than others, but regardless of the severity of your symptoms, learn how your gynecologist can help manage challenging menopausal symptoms.
Don’t Overlook The Specialist
Your gynecologist is the very best person to speak to about menopausal symptoms and there is no reason women need to continue suffering during this period of their lives. There are ways to reduce or eliminate certain symptoms and return to a more normal life.
Swing Women’s Health and Wellness can help guide you through this transition and on to a healthier, happier life.
HRT Or Hormone Replacement Therapy
One way our team can help is by evaluating your symptoms and recommending hormone replacement therapy. The loss of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone can turn your life upside down.
There are multiple ways to replace these hormones including oral medications, pellets, transdermal patches, creams, or gels. Talk with Swing Women’s Health and Wellness about which option is best for you.
Medications Without Hormones
Some patients may not be candidates for hormone therapy due to various medical conditions.
SSRI antidepressants like Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac can help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and moodiness.
Blood pressure medications can help with hot flashes, rapid heartbeat, and night sweats.
Certain medications that treat osteoporosis help to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss.
Simple Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle changes can help some menopausal symptoms.
- Wearing lightweight cotton clothing to bed
- Using a fan by your bedside
- Taking cool showers instead of hot showers
- Not smoking
- Staying in air-conditioning during the summer
- Avoiding food and drinks that can trigger hot flashes
- Losing weight
Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet are excellent lifestyle choices to keep you free of the worst menopausal symptoms. Choose foods that are rich in Vitamins A, D, and C, and take a daily multivitamin.
If you are starting to notice urinary incontinence, vaginal dryness, or pain during intercourse, discuss these symptoms with your gynecologist. Hormone therapy can help these issues tremendously.
When in doubt about what is normal concerning menopause always talk with your gynecologist.
Consult with Swing Women’s Health and Wellness if you are experiencing any symptoms of menopause.