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Menopause Specialist

Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health

Female Urology & Gynecology located in Auburn, CA

If you’re a woman, menopause is inevitable. But the unwanted changes that come with it don’t have to be. At Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health located in California, James S. Dunn, Jr. MD, helps women going through “the change” feel better than ever with safe and effective therapies and treatments to reduce menopausal symptoms. You can feel amazing at every age. Call or click today to schedule an appointment to learn about the latest options for menopausal symptoms.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Women who have not menstruated for at least 12 consecutive months have likely reached the stage of life called menopause. Menopause is not an immediate change but a gradual transition that happens over the course of a few years.

Perimenopause is the period leading up to menopause where women begin to have irregular periods and experience some symptoms as estrogen levels start to drop. For the average woman in the United States, menopause happens about age 51.

What are the signs and symptoms of menopause?

Menopause symptoms and their frequency and severity vary from woman to woman. Some find the changes difficult to tolerate while others barely notice any symptoms at all.

Signs that you could be transitioning to menopause include:

  • Chills
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry skin
  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood changes
  • Night sweats
  • Thinning hair
  • Vaginal changes
  • Weight gain

None of these sound like much fun. The good news is many different treatments and therapies are effective in treating the changes related to estrogen loss through menopause and other conditions.

What treatments are available for menopause?

Dr. Dunn performs a physical exam, reviews your health history, discusses your symptoms, and examines your diagnostic exams before preparing your individual treatment plan to tackle menopausal symptoms.

Your treatment plan can include one or a combination of the following:

Hormone therapy

Supplementing estrogen and/or progesterone helps to prevent bone loss and relieve symptoms of menopause. Hormones are available as oral tablets, patches, gels, and injections, among other methods.

Lifestyle changes

Eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep balances moods and improves other menopausal symptoms.

MonaLisa TouchⓇ therapy

Painless laser treatments are used to improve vaginal health and reverse the dryness, itching, and laxity caused by the drop in estrogen. Women usually notice benefits right away, with results improving in the days and weeks after therapy.

With treatment to address your symptoms, menopause can be a wonderful new chapter in your life. To discuss your symptoms and learn how you can feel more like yourself again, call or click today to schedule an appointment with Auburn Urogynecology.

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