Advanced Gynecology & Surgery
OB/GYNs located in Brooklyn, NY
If you’re like many women in their 40s or 50s, you’ve noticed signs of menopause. Faina Akselrod, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Genia Bekker, MD, FACOG, FACS, at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn, proudly serving women from around New York City’s five boroughs, help you understand the changes in your body. Women commonly experience both physical and emotional symptoms during menopause. For more information about menopause, call the Sheepshead Bay office to schedule your appointment today or book one online anytime.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive capabilities and menstrual cycles. If you haven’t had your period for 12 months, you’ve reached menopause. The average age for women experiencing menopause is 51 in the United States, and menopause can cause several uncomfortable side effects. Visit Dr. Akselrod and Dr. Bekker for more information about menopause and how it might affect you personally.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause takes place gradually over a period of months and years. Many women notice a decrease in energy and slower metabolism rates during perimenopause, the time leading up to menopause. The most common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Irregular periods
- Sleep problems
- Night sweats
- Thinning hair
- Dry skin
- Loss of breast fullness
The doctors at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery provide experienced advice and compassionate care for women suffering from menopausal symptoms.
What causes menopause?
Your body leads you into menopause as it reduces its production of estrogen and other hormones. Other causes of menopause are the removal of your uterus, known as a hysterectomy, or undergoing cancer therapies. When your hormone levels diminish, your ovaries stop producing eggs. If you’re no longer producing eggs, you stop having your period.
How does menopause affect my overall health?
With the loss of hormones during menopause, your body is at risk for contracting other medical conditions. Women in menopause must protect themselves from high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and urinary incontinence.
Dr. Bekker and Dr. Akselrod offer treatment plans for preventing other complications later in life.
How can I find relief from menopause symptoms?
The first step in taming symptoms of menopause is speaking with the doctors at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery. They recommend hormone therapy treatments, estrogen cream for your vagina, or low doses of antidepressants for combatting your symptoms of menopause. Medications that treat other disorders like osteoporosis can effectively reduce menopausal symptoms as well.
If you think you’re in the beginning stages of menopause or you’re experiencing worse symptoms than usual, book an appointment online or call the women’s health experts at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery to schedule your appointment today.
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