Menopause Specialist

AllSafe Medical Group

Comprehensive Women’s Healthcare located in Los Angeles, Lynwood, & Downey, CA

Menopause is a time of significant change in a woman’s life, and it doesn’t always go smoothly. If you’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms because of menopause, the highly skilled OB/GYN specialists at AllSafe Medical Group can help. At their three locations in Los Angeles, Lynwood, and Downey, California, the AllSafe Medical Group team provides exceptional services for women who are struggling with any aspect of menopause. Call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a phase in women’s lives that marks the end of their reproductive capability. This is a natural process that typically starts in your mid-40s and ends in your early 50s.

Menopause itself is said to occur when you haven’t had a period for at least 12 months. The time leading up to menopause, from when you first start experiencing symptoms, is called perimenopause.

Perimenopause begins when your ovaries stop producing the female sex hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. These hormones control your menstrual cycle and the ability to conceive a baby. The lack of estrogen and progesterone is responsible for the symptoms some women experience during perimenopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

You might experience a variety of symptoms when perimenopause begins, including:

  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Reduced libido
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Palpitations
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sex
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping

Some women have few, if any, symptoms or only experience mild problems during perimenopause. However, many women experience severe side effects. As the menopause process takes an average of four years, that can have a significant impact on your quality of life.

What treatments are there for menopause?

The first way to reduce the effect of perimenopause is to look at your lifestyle and take steps to help yourself. This could include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding caffeine
  • Avoiding spicy foods
  • Managing stress

One of the most effective ways of reducing the impact of menopause is to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT replaces the estrogen and progesterone that you’ve lost, reversing many common symptoms.

However, HRT isn’t suitable for all women, so it’s vital that you discuss this with your OB/GYN at AllSafe Medical Group. If you’ve ever had breast cancer or a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) for instance, HRT and other hormone treatments might have higher risks.

There are alternatives to traditional HRT, and other medications that could help ease some of your specific menopausal symptoms, for example:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-seizure medication
  • Blood pressure drugs
  • Vaginal lubricants

Many women find complementary therapies like acupuncture or herbal remedies can help, as can activities that help you to relax, like meditation or yoga.

Your OB/GYN at AllSafe Medical Group can help and advise you on a suitable treatment program that addresses your unique needs. Call today to find out more, or use the online booking facility to schedule an appointment.