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Menopause Specialist

Dekalb Women's Specialists -  - OBGYN

Dekalb Women's Specialists

OBGYNs & Women's Health Specialists located in Decatur, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain, GA

Menopause is a natural progression of a woman’s fertility, but it can cause symptoms that feel disruptive. At Dekalb Women's Specialists in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, the board-certified OB/GYNs can help you manage your menopause symptoms so you maintain a high quality of life. If you’re entering menopause, make an appointment at Dekalb Women’s Specialists by picking up the phone or using the online booking tool. Are you experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive or hormonal imbalance? Dekalb Women's Specialists is now offering Bioidentical Pellet therapy. Call (404) 508-2000 for an appointment.

Menopause Q & A

How do I know if I’m in menopause?

Menopause typically happens for women in the United States around age 52. Menopause is defined as going 12 consecutive months with no menstrual cycle or ovulation.

The only way to be sure you’re in menopause is to have a blood test to evaluate your hormone levels. In addition to a blood test, the doctors ask about your medical history and symptoms and perform a pelvic exam.

In the years leading up to menopause, you may experience symptoms that suggest you’re moving through the “change of life.” These symptoms can occur for a time before you’ve actually reached menopause, persisting for several years in a time known as perimenopause.

If you’re not sure you’re in menopause and don’t want to get pregnant, use protection during intercourse. Until menopause has been confirmed, it’s still possible for you to become pregnant.

What symptoms happen with menopause?

Every woman experiences menopause differently. You may have mild symptoms, much like PMS, or severe symptoms that affect your entire quality of life.

Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia

The decrease in estrogen and progesterone production that occurs with menopause is responsible for these symptoms. These hormonal changes also increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.

How is menopause treated?

There are options for managing any unpleasant symptoms of menopause. The doctors at Dekalb Women’s Specialists develop an individualized treatment plan for you, depending on your health history and your symptoms.

Your plan may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Low-dose antidepressants to manage mood swings
  • Medications to ease hot flashes
  • Vaginal lubricating creams, including topical estrogen, to alleviate dryness and sexual discomfort

You may also benefit from lifestyle changes to optimize your health and wellness, including diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements. The team also screens you for heart disease and osteoporosis as you pass into the postmenopausal period, because your risk of developing these conditions increases. 

As you progress toward menopause, contact Dekalb Women’s Specialists for help with managing your symptoms and your long-term health. Call the nearest office for an appointment or book online.

Are you experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive or hormonal imbalance? Dekalb Women's Specialists is now offering Bioidentical Pellet therapy. Call (404) 508-2000 for an appointment.