Menopause is a natural part of life, as normal as menstruation or having a baby. We want to encourage a healthy transition and help our patients achieve optimal health and a good quality of life. All women eventually enter menopause, though some sooner than later. Women who have had their ovaries removed, usually during a hysterectomy, will enter menopause at that time. When menopause occurs, the body stops producing estrogen each month, and menstruation stops. Aside from changes to menstrual cycles, women may begin to experience side effects of hormonal changes, such as hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and thinning hair.
Dr. Fuller is proud to be a Certified BioTE Provider. The BioTE method uses only biologically identical hormones that are placed under the skin and can last three to four months in women and up to six months in men. This is done after comprehensive testing of hormonal levels are obtained for individualized treatment for each patient.
Did you know…
that the average age of onset for menopause is 51 for American women? However, menopause is most likely to occur at any time between the ages of 40 and 60.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I be going through menopause?
Perimenopause is the period when menstruation and ovulation is irregular and menopausal symptoms are beginning to occur. Menopause has not occurred until a year has passed since a woman last menstruated. You could be approaching menopause if you are experiencing the symptoms of perimenopause, although this isn’t likely to occur before age 40.
What should I expect from my gynecologist when I am entering menopause?
Your gynecologist will confirm that your symptoms are related to perimenopause or menopause, and will explain the types of symptoms you can expect in the coming months and years. Your doctor may also speak to you about hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Fuller offers hormone replacement therapy in the form of bioidentical hormone pellets for estrogen and testosterone as well as oral medication, topical creams or gels and patches. Thinning bones and osteoporosis are also addressed and testing and preventative treatments are offered.
Is there anything that I can do to alleviate the symptoms of menopause?
If the symptoms of menopause are interfering with your day to day life, do not hesitate to speak with your gynecologist about the ways that you can treat or manage issues like sleep disruptions, anxiety, depression, or low energy. Treatments for decreased libido (low sex drive), painful intercourse and vaginal dryness are also available.
Please see our section devoted to hormone imbalance to see more about BioTE and the benefits of optimizing your hormones to age healthier and live happier.