Your menopausal years are a time of significant change. Your estrogen levels go down, your fertility comes to an end, and you stop having periods. Although some women get through menopause and perimenopause (the years before periods stop for good) without problems, certain frustrating symptoms can occur.
Unfortunately, menopausal symptoms can interfere with your quality of life.
Here at Women’s Healthcare of Princeton, our expert OB/GYN, Dr. Maria Sophocles, has extensive experience helping women cope with menopause symptoms. We want to share some of the more common issues that can arise, along with the treatments that may offer relief.
Common menopause symptoms
During perimenopause and menopause, which officially begins after you’ve gone 12 months without a period, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Brain fog
- Discomfort or pain during sex
- Hot flashes
- Lower energy levels
- Mood changes
- Night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Urinary problems, such as incontinence
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
Treatment options for menopause symptoms
To determine whether you might benefit from menopause symptom treatment, we perform a physical exam and ask you questions about your health and your symptoms. If needed, we may recommend tests.
After evaluating your situation, we may suggest treatment to relieve your menopause symptoms.
Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, hormone replacement therapy, or vaginal laser treatment. Let’s look at each of these in a little more depth.
In some cases, making changes to your diet, nutrient intake, activity level, weight, sleep habits, stressors, or other lifestyle factors can reduce symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
HRT adds back to your body some of the hormones that it no longer makes. For example, low-dose estrogen, which you can use in the form of pills, skin patches, pellets, gels, creams, or sprays, may help with symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, poor sleep, or brain fog.
MonaLisa TouchⓇ laser treatment
If your menopause symptoms include vaginal dryness or vaginal laxity, we may talk with you about treatment with MonaLisa Touch. This is an innovative laser treatment for certain gynecological conditions.
MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive medical procedure that regenerates vaginal tissue and forms new blood vessels and collagen, the protein that gives your vaginal tissue its strength and elasticity. It offers an alternative to hormone-based medication and helps relieve a number of symptoms, including vaginal dryness and pain during sex.
Help for your menopause symptoms
If menopause symptoms are interfering with your quality of life, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Let us help you manage your symptoms. Schedule an appointment with us by calling our office at 609-246-5541 or using our online booking tool. We offer in-person and telehealth appointments.