Menopause Specialist

Irvine Family Care

Aesthetics & Family Medicine Located in Irvine, CA

Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life, but it can cause severe and uncomfortable symptoms. If you’re struggling with menopause symptoms, get relief from the caring doctors at Irvine Family Care. With decades of experience, Janet Goodfellow, MD, Sheryl Long, MD, and Ronald Young, MD, offer the most effective solutions for menopause symptoms. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone today.

Menopause

What is menopause?

You are considered menopausal when you have not had a period for 12 months. This typically occurs in women in their 40s and 50s, when their bodies begin to decrease the production of estrogen and progesterone.

The time leading up to menopause is called perimenopause. At this time, you may have changes in your menstrual cycle and symptoms related to decreasing hormone levels.

What is early or premature menopause?

Premature menopause occurs in women before age 40. Early menopause occurs in women between the ages of 40-45. Early and premature menopause occur in about 5% of women and are often linked to a history of smoking and taking certain medications.

Early menopause can also occur if you have a hysterectomy before menopause begins. This is because your ovaries — which produce estrogen and progesterone — are removed and your body cannot produce those hormones.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

When your body begins to produce less estrogen and progesterone, you’ll likely experience symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods or irregular bleeding
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Forgetfulness and trouble focusing
  • Urinary incontinence

These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and may prevent you from doing your normal activities. With menopause management at Irvine Family Care, you can get relief from your symptoms.

How are menopause symptoms managed?

If your menopause symptoms are making life difficult, your doctor can provide treatment options, such as:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Over-the-counter products, such as lubricants and moisturizers
  • Hormone therapy pills or patches

If you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, discuss them with your doctor to find the best solution for your needs.

What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy involves testing your blood to assess hormonal irregularities and then providing you with medications to help bring your hormones back in balance. There are different medications for hormone therapy, so it’s important to work with your doctor to track your symptoms to see which medications and dosages work best.

If you need expert care from doctors you can trust, please call to book an appointment today with Irvine Family Care.

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