Menopause and hormone therapy often go hand in hand because hormone therapy allows you to feel like yourself again. Many of the worst symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and night sweats, can be managed quite effectively with the help of hormone therapy. Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN in Greenacres, Florida, offers customized hormone therapy that will help you feel well again.
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when she has her last menstrual period and her fertility ends. Most women enter menopause at around age 51, but it can happen anytime between the ages of 45-55. In some cases, it can happen earlier or later. Menopause occurs when a woman hasn't menstruated for 12 consecutive months.
Menopause can involve a number of symptoms, including:
Induced menopause occurs when a woman stops menstruation early due to unnatural causes, for example, when she has a hysterectomy. Induced menopause can be more challenging than natural menopause because the symptoms start very suddenly rather than naturally over time. Women who are in induced menopause need to work with Dr. Charles to receive hormone replacement therapy, which will help them feel better.
Dr. Charles will work with each woman on an individual basis to help manage menopause symptoms. There are usually two components to menopause-symptom management:
Lifestyle changes can include simple measures like:
The other part of symptom management is typically hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This treatment is designed to replace the hormones — estrogen and progesterone — that your body loses during menopause. HRT is most often achieved through daily oral supplements, but adhesive patches and injectable pellets are also options.
With your hormone levels stabilized, you can avoid some of the worst symptoms of menopause. For many women, lifestyle changes and HRT work together to provide symptom relief during menopause. Dr. Charles is happy to help all of the his patients find the ideal hormone replacement plan for them.