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Menopause Specialist

Womens Health Care, PC

OB/GYN & Integrative Medicine located in Richmond Hill, NY & Elmhurst, NY

In the United States, the average age for menopause is 51, but it can take months or even years for you to transition into menopause. At Womens Health Care, PC, Rehana Sajjad, MD, FACOG, and her team of OB/GYN and integrative medicine providers help women in Richmond Hill and Elmhurst, New York, get relief from the symptoms of menopause. They take a whole-person approach to helping you manage the physical and emotional changes of perimenopause — the time leading up to menopause. Call to schedule a consultation at the office nearest you, or request an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the end of your menstrual cycles and child-bearing years. Once you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without a period, you’re considered to be in menopause. For many women, perimenopausal symptoms begin in your 40s and can negatively affect your physical and emotional well-being.

You may experience changes in your moods, sleep patterns, and sexual life, as well as physical changes in your body.

What causes menopause?

Menopause may occur as a result of the natural decline in hormones as you get older. It may also develop due to a medical condition or after a hysterectomy. When you undergo a total hysterectomy to remove your uterus and ovaries, it sends your body into immediate menopause. Symptoms can be more severe after a total hysterectomy since they occur all at once rather than gradually as with natural menopause.

What are the signs and symptoms of menopause?

As your body goes through these natural biological changes, it’s normal to experience symptoms that include any or all of the following:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Chills
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irregular periods
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Decreased libido
  • Headaches
  • Urinary tract infections

Perimenopause affects every woman differently, so you may experience these symptoms to varying degrees. It’s all a result of your changing hormone levels as you no longer need as much estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone for your nonchildbearing years.

After menopause, you may notice your metabolism has slowed, you develop urinary incontinence, and you have weaker bones.

How can I get relief from menopausal symptoms?

While menopause itself doesn’t require medical treatment, you can get relief from the unpleasant life-disrupting symptoms. The OB/GYN team at Womens Health Care, PC, creates a treatment plan based on your individual symptoms and experiences as you go through menopause. Depending on your unique condition, treatments may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Vaginal estrogen cream
  • MonaLisa Touch® laser treatments
  • Medications
  • Dietary changes and supplements
  • Exercise

The team takes an integrative, whole-person approach to help you manage symptoms, which may include a combination of natural remedies and medications.

You don’t have to suffer in silence and deal with the physical and emotional changes of menopause. Call the Richmond Hill or Elmhurst office to make an appointment or schedule online anytime.