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How do you manage menopause-related symptoms?

Menopause is a natural process that occurs when ovaries age and produce fewer hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone. Therefore, women can no longer become pregnant naturally. It is caused by aging, genetics, and induced causes such as bilateral oophorectomy, ovarian ablation, pelvic radiation, and pelvic injuries. Women’s Healthcare Physicians menopause in Florida helps you manage menopause symptoms such vaginal dryness, hair loss, low sex drive, and hot flashes.

Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples helps you alleviate menopause-related symptoms as follows;

Missing and low levels of a hormone

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps to replace hormones that are missing and those in low levels. Low levels of estrogen cause most symptoms. Therefore, HRT, which is in the form of skin patches, tablets, implants, and gel, effectively relieves low hormone symptoms.

Hot flashes and night sweats

If you experience hot flashes and night sweats during your menopause, your physician may recommend the following simple measures to manage these symptoms;

  • Wearing light clothes and keeping your bedroom cool during the resting hours and nighttime
  • Taking cool showers and using a fan or having a cold drink on sunny days
  • Reducing your stress levels
  •  Avoiding potential triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and spicy food since exposure to alcohol and tobacco worsen the symptoms.
  • Exercising regularly and managing your weight helps increase energy levels, promote a better night’s sleep, improve moods and promote your general well-being.
  • Take nutrients such as black cohosh to limit the symptoms
  • Antidepressants and high blood pressure medicines such as clonidine help to alleviate the symptoms

Mood changes

During the time of menopause, some women experience mood swings, anxiety, and depression.

Self-help measures such as getting enough rest, regular exercises, and relaxation techniques, such as yoga, box breathing, and meditation, help relieve the moods.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a form of talking therapy, helps to improve low moods and anxiety levels.

Antidepressants help if you are diagnosed with depression

Reduced sexual desire

During menopause, most women experience low sex drive; therefore, your physician may recommend HRT. If HRT is not working, testosterone gel is used as an alternative to restore your sexual function.

Vagina dryness and discomfort

When your vagina becomes dry, painful, and itchy at this period, your doctor prescribes estrogen treatment that is applied directly in your vagina in the form of a pessary, cream, or a vaginal ring to alleviate the pain.

HRT, vaginal moisturizer, and lubricants are used in addition to estrogen treatment

Osteoporosis

Women who have been through menopause experience weak bones due to low levels of estrogen. Therefore, the following helps you to reduce the chances of developing weak bones;

  1. Taking HRT and exercising  helps to prevent bones from weakening
  2. Eating a healthy diet inclusive of fruits, vegetables, and sources of calcium such as yogurt and sunlight
  3. Taking vitamin D and calcium supplements and quitting smoking and alcohol

Talk to your menopause specialist today

Menopause is the natural cessation of a woman’s menstrual cycle and marks the end of fertility. It is accompanied by severe hair loss, heart disease, urinary incontinence, and vaginal atrophy. Book an appointment with Women’s Healthcare Physicians of Naples in Florida and get rid of the symptoms once and for all.

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