Morris Ahdoot, MD
OBGYN located in Irvine, CA
In a woman’s reproductive journey, passing through menopause is the inevitable last stage. For many women, this transition is a bumpy road, fraught with discomfort. To gain the upper hand on debilitating menopause symptoms, Morris Ahdoot, MD provides hormone replacement therapy to his patients in Irvine, California, helping them enjoy their post-reproductive years in peace. If you’d like to find out whether hormone replacement therapy is right for you, call or book an appointment online.
Menopause and Hormone Replacement Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause marks a woman’s passage from her childbearing years into her post-reproductive years. Most women begin this journey in their late 40s or early 50s as their ovaries begin to produce fewer and fewer eggs, which leads to a gradual decline in the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
The passage through menopause, which is defined by not having your period for more than 12 months in a row, puts an end to your ability to become pregnant.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
After the tumultuous childbearing years, the transition into menopause may seem welcome. For some women, it is.
For others, however, the drop in estrogen and progesterone production leads to a host of unwelcome changes in their bodies, as well as side effects that have huge ramifications on their quality of life. These can include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Painful sex
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of breast mass
- Loss of bone mass
- Sleep issues
These side effects are often as varied as the women who have them concerning frequency and duration. Some women may experience minor symptoms and pass through menopause with ease, while others deal with severe symptoms for years.
As if these side effects weren’t enough to deal with, some women suffer from problems with anxiety, moodiness, and, more seriously, depression.
What are the treatments for menopause?
If the side effects of menopause severely hamper your quality of life, Dr. Ahdoot offers hormone replacement therapy. By providing you with a low dose of estrogen (and often progesterone), Dr. Ahdoot can regulate your body’s hormone levels to offset some of the more severe problems.
The length and dosage of hormone replacement therapy depends upon your unique situation, and Dr. Ahdoot makes sure you receive the appropriate amount of hormones to relieve your symptoms, making any necessary changes along the way.
In addition to hormone replacement, Dr. Ahdoot may recommend simple lifestyle changes that can help improve your post-menopausal health, including:
- Better nutrition
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Relaxation techniques
These critical lifestyle changes, in combination with hormone replacement therapy, can help you enjoy a happy and active life well into your post-reproductive years.
To learn more about how you can fight back against menopause, call Dr. Ahdoot or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
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