Not all women over 50 experience uncomfortable symptoms due to menopause, but for those who do, Kathy Anderson, MD, offers relief through menopausal counseling. Women in Santa Ana, California, can depend on personalized and attentive gynecological care at Mothers and Daughters Center at every stage of their lives. If you’re experiencing menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, fatigue, or weight gain, call Mothers and Daughters Center or schedule a menopausal counseling appointment online today.
When a woman reaches menopause, she can no longer have children. This change usually begins when you’re between 45 and 55, but the average age is 51.
During your reproductive years, your body produces progesterone and estrogen in your ovaries, and these female sex hormones regulate your menstrual cycle and fertility. In your 30s, this hormone production begins to decline. Eventually, you no longer produce eggs and your periods stop.
After your periods stop for 12 consecutive months, you’ve reached menopause. It can take several years to enter menopause, or it may happen quickly.
Decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels can cause several uncomfortable symptoms, including:
Many women over 50 also experience vaginal dryness and decreased sensitivity which can lead to painful or unsatisfying sexual intercourse.
At Mothers and Daughters Center, Dr. Anderson understands how the symptoms of menopause can disrupt your life and affect your relationships. During your hormone counseling appointment, she discusses your symptoms and performs a full physical evaluation to assess your overall health. She also conducts lab tests to check your hormone levels.
Based on your tests, Dr. Anderson develops a personalized plan to help manage your hormonal changes.
Dr. Anderson uses hormone testing to evaluate a variety of hormones that may be causing your symptoms. These tests may include checking your follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to see if it has increased and your estrogen level to see if it has decreased.
Your hormone testing might also look at your thyroid hormones, because an imbalance may cause symptoms similar to those experienced during menopause.
Depending on your symptoms and overall health, Dr. Anderson may suggest additional testing. Successfully managing your hormones not only eases your symptoms, but it can also reduce your risk of hormone-related health risks, such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
In addition to lifestyle adjustments, such as diet and exercise, Dr. Anderson may recommend several treatments to manage your hormone changes and restore your vitality. Your personalized approach might include hormone replacement therapy or medications to control your symptoms.
Dr. Anderson also offers vaginal rejuvenation treatment with the MonaLisa Touch® laser to restore your vaginal health.
For menopause counseling, call Mothers and Daughters Center or schedule an appointment online today.