Frequently Asked Questions
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The bleeding abnormalities in menopause can be horrible. Bleeding can be normal during this time of your life but, first and foremost, it must be considered a symptom. The number one thing your doctor must do is make sure that you don’t have a cancer in your vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Find out more by clicking the option for treating the Abnormal Bleeding on my blog.
A hot flash, sometimes called a hot flush, is a quick feeling of heat and usually causes a red, flushed face and sweating of the face and scalp. The exact cause of hot flashes is not known, but may be related to changes in circulation. Hot flashes happen when the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool. Some women have a rapid heart rate, anxiety, and eventually chills. Read More on our Blog on Hot Flashes – Symptoms of Menopause.
How Do You Treat Hot Flashes?
You probably can’t avoid hot flashes during menopause, but there are things that may bring them on more often or cause them to be more severe. To prevent hot flashes, avoid the following triggers: Stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, tight Learn other techniques you can do to keep hot flashes at bay by going to my blog on Treating Hot Flashes.
What Can I Do About Insomnia During Menopause?
You first must have a good sleep routine. This is imperative. Make sure that the bedroom is used for sleep or sex. It is not a good idea to watch TV or read before you go to sleep. Have a special “routine” that you follow to show your body that you are going to bed. Showering before bed can make you feel nice and warm. Washing your face, brushing your teeth, and putting on pajamas should be the “signal” to your brain that it is time to go to sleep. Read more about insomnia during menopause on my blog.
Is Memory Loss or Dementia A Symptom of Menopause?
Dementia is a decrease in mental function that involves learning and memory, language, function, attention, motor skills, and social memory. To get the diagnosis of dementia, the memory loss has to be severe enough to interfere with daily function and independence. Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia in the elderly and accounts for up to eighty percent of cases. Read More About Memory Loss on my blog.
Can Women Benefit From Male Hormones in Menopause?
Do women make male hormones? Yes. They are called androgens. The major androgens in women are dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), androstenedione (A), testosterone (T), and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
As expected, the production of all of these androgens decreases as women age. Learn more about male hormones and women in menopause on my blog.
What Are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Many women perceive that plant estrogens (or phytoestrogens), because they are “natural,” are safer than standard FDA approved estrogens. Data on phytoestrogens for the relief of hot flashes are conflicting, but the majority of studies have not demonstrated benefit.
The “bio-identical” approach generally refers to the prescribing of individualized doses of steroid hormones (compounded as pills, gels, sublingual tablets, or suppositories). Many women assume that “natural” hormones are safer; but what does safer mean? Find out more about Bio-identical hormones on my blog.
What Can I Do About Mood Swings in The Peri-Menopausal Transition?
Very low-dose anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications help with the emotional changes of peri-menopause and menopausal transition. My favorite drug in the world to use for this is a low dose of Prozac®. If you read the medical journals and textbooks, you always will see Effexor®, Paxil®, and Wellbutrin® discussed for menopause. I personally think that the doses that you have to start people on with these drugs are too high. Prozac®, or fluoxetine, is approved for PMS by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and it works great. Learn more about mood swings with menopause in my blog
What Herbal Remedies Are Available For Menopausal Symptoms?
A number of herbal treatments have been promoted as a “natural” remedy for hot flashes. In fact, many postmenopausal women use black cohosh for hot flashes, but clinical trials have shown that it is not more effective than a placebo. Herbal treatments are not recommended for hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms. Learn more about herbal remedies for menopause on my blog.
What Is An Orgasm?
What exactly is an orgasm? According to Encyclopedia Britannica™, the orgasm is a physiological state of heightened sexual excitement and gratification that is followed by relaxation of sexual tensions and the body’s muscles. Read more about the effects on the body with the orgasm and more in my blog
What Is Peri-Menopause?
A woman is officially “menopausal” when she has not had a menstrual period for 12 months. However, the “peri-menopausal era” is a very ill-defined time frame from about age 40 until a woman has had no periods for 12 months. What does peri-menopause mean? Find out all about Peri-menopause on my blog
What Will My Husband Think Iif I Use A Vibrator?
This is an incredibly common question in my practice. Even though most women who are committed to getting their vagina “in shape” for the menopausal years, leave the office with a vibrator to help with vaginal health, they worry if their husbands will be upset. Read More about thoughts about your husband’s reaction to your vibrator.
Why Should I Use A Vibrator?
I think that women should use vibrators regularly. Vibrators are wonderful. The vibrators that I have available for my patients to purchase in my office are slender, pretty, and coated in a soft silicone covering. They are made from medical grade silicone and plastics. These products are used for personal massage, pleasure, and to help with stretching of the vagina: intimacy aids. Learn much more about vibrators on my blog.
Why Should I Use A Vaginal Moisturizer?
There are several vaginal moisturizers that can be used just like you would use regular moisturizers on your face, hands, or body. These are safe, non-hormonal products that work well for mild symptoms. These are different than using lubricants for vaginal intercourse. Read more about vaginal moisterizers on my blog.
Why Would You Use Vaginal Estrogen?
The best thing to prevent vaginal atrophy is vaginal estrogen placement. There are three ways to give localestrogen to the estrogen receptors in and around your vagina and bladder. A vaginal estrogen cream, a vaginal estrogen pill, or a vaginal estrogen ring are the three options. The first option is the vaginal cream. Read more about vaginal estrogen on my blog.