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Menopause Specialist

Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Decatur, GA

All women go through the transition to menopause as they get older, but some experience symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with their physical and emotional health. Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates in Decatur, Georgia, provides comprehensive, compassionate care for women with menopausal symptoms. Shirley Rigaud-Echols, MD, and the all-female team offer hormone replacement therapy and other treatments to ease vaginal dryness, anxiety, and sleep disturbances that relate to menopause. Find out more about treatment options for menopause symptoms by calling Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates or requesting an appointment through the online booking system.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural time in a woman's life where periods stop for good. You officially reach menopause when you no longer have periods for 12 consecutive months. This transition signals the end of your childbearing years.

If you have a hysterectomy to remove your uterus, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive structures to treat conditions like cancer, it results in a medically induced menopause, and you can expect your periods to stop.

The transition to menopause, known as perimenopause, typically begins sometime in the 40s and may last for up to 10 years. During this transition time, your reproductive hormones begin fluctuating and you can develop a wide variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Some women can go through menopause without any bothersome symptoms, while others experience side effects that are severe enough to interfere with their physical, emotional, and mental health.

As your body’s natural hormone production decreases, you may experience:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating

Throughout your transition to menopause, you have an increased risk for underlying health conditions, including breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

To confirm that your symptoms relate to menopause and not another underlying condition, Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates can provide blood testing to evaluate your hormone levels.

How is menopause treated?

While there’s nothing you can do to avoid the transition to menopause, your provider can customize a care plan to help ease the severity of your symptoms.

Often, women who experience persistent hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness find relief from their symptoms with hormone replacement therapy. This treatment involves taking synthetic hormones that are similar to the ones your body makes naturally to rebalance your hormone levels.

If you’re not able to tolerate hormones, your provider at Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates can work with you on an alternative treatment plan to manage your symptoms and keep you comfortable. This may include medications to treat depression and anxiety and to help improve your quality of sleep.

You don’t have to suffer through menopause-related symptoms alone. Call Dekalb OB/GYN Affiliates or request a menopause consultation online today.