Menopause can be a difficult time for any woman, but there are solutions that can make it easier. Dr. George B. Branning and the team at Texas Gynecology in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Frisco, Texas area are ready to guide women through Menopause with understanding and compassion.
Menopause Q & A
What is Menopause?
Menopause is the body’s transition when a woman’s fertile years come to a close. In addition to greatly reduced chances of becoming pregnant, a menopausal woman will also have reduced estrogen, less effective functioning of the ovaries, and reduced quantities of other hormones in the body.
When Does a Woman Officially Enter Menopause?
A woman does not officially enter menopause until she has not had a period for 12 consecutive months. This figure does not consider other conditions that can cause skipped periods. There is no specific age for menopause. It can start anywhere between 45 and 55 for most women, but it can also happen earlier or later in life.
What Effects Does Menopause Have?
Each woman’s experience may be different. Most people notice irregular periods at the beginning of menopause, and this is followed by a number of other effects. Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, night sweats, reduced sex drive, trouble with sleeping peacefully, and memory problems are all common.
How Can Menopause Symptoms Be Managed?
One of the most effective ways to manage menopause symptoms today is hormone replacement therapy. At Texas Gynecology, the preferred treatment is hormone replacement using bioTE. BioTE is a completely natural plant-based hormone replacement method. The bioTE pellets are inserted into the body, where they will gradually release over the next several months. This allows for a consistent level of hormones that will help a woman feel healthy and normal again even as she moves through menopause. The bioTE treatment is generally repeated around every 3 to 4 months during the treatment period. Other hormone replacement methods, including shots, patches, and oral medications, are also available if needed. The hormone replacement regimen will be individually designed for each woman as she goes through menopause. This allows for the most comfortable transition possible.