Menopause

Menopause Specialist
If symptoms of menopause — such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and weight gain — are getting the best of you, there’s no need to suffer. Various treatment options that relieve menopausal discomfort are available when you choose Turner Medical Arts, a women's health center and OB/GYN facility. Call the office of Duncan Turner, MD, located in the Presidio neighborhood in Santa Barbara, California, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops getting her period, and can no longer become pregnant.

Hormone levels fluctuate during and after perimenopause, as ovaries produce lower levels of the hormone estrogen. Menopause is over when a woman hasn’t had a period in one year.

Women typically begin the journey to menopause in their 40s, and this process -- also known as perimenopause -- can take 2-8 years. The average age for menopause in the United States is 52.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Due to hormone fluctuations, women often experience various symptoms during perimenopause and menopause:

  • Irregular periods that eventually stop altogether
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Problems sleeping
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Increased risk for osteoporosis
  • Low levels of estrogen and progesterone
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble focusing
  • Thinning hair
  • Skin changes (dryness and collagen loss)

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a condition associated with decreased hormone levels and involves the vagina and bladder. Your doctor may diagnose you with GSM if you’re experiencing symptoms that don’t resolve over time, which may include:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal burning
  • Irritation of the genital area
  • Poor vaginal lubrication during sex
  • Pain during sex
  • Impaired sexual function
  • Urinary problems — such as painful urination, recurrent urinary tract infections, and an urgent need to urinate

What treatments are available for menopause symptoms?

Various treatments can help ease symptoms and health risks associated with menopause — including the genitourinary syndrome of menopause — such as:

  • Collagenizer treatments to nourish, rejuvenate and revitalize skin
  • Hormone replacement therapy to boost low hormone levels
  • Dietary changes
  • ThermiVa treatment — a non-invasive treatment that tightens vaginal tissue and alleviates urinary problems
  • MLT (MonaLisa Touch® ) — painless, minimally-invasive vaginal rejuvenation laser treatment that reactivates new collagen production
  • Non-estrogen medications that relieve vaginal dryness

If you’d like to stabilize hormone levels and reduce unpleasant symptoms of menopause, call the experienced team at Turner Medical Arts to schedule your appointment or book it online.

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