Menopause Specialist

Menopause is a natural change to a woman's body marking the end of the menstrual cycle. Though all women go through it, some can experience strong symptoms that interfere with quality of life. The doctors at Medical Arts OB/GYN are available to help patients in San Mateo, California who are suffering from menopause and its related symptoms.


What Is Menopause?

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It usually occurs 12 months after your last menstrual period and can happen around age 40 or 50. Menopause is a natural process in a woman’s cycle and most women remain healthy, vital, and sexual regardless of the change. However, there are some symptoms associated with menopause that can be disruptive for day-to-day activities.

What Are the Symptoms?

It is common for some signs and symptoms to be prevalent In the months or years leading up to menopause. This can include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

It is common to experience irregularity in your periods, such as lighter or shorter periods or skipping them altogether. Often, menstrual periods will occur every two to four months during perimenopause, especially one to two years before menopause. If any of the symptoms are persistent enough to trouble you or interfere with quality of life, don't hesitate to seek treatment.

What Treatments Are Available?

Many effective treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy. Generally, treatments will focus on relieving signs and symptoms of menopause and preventing or managing any chronic conditions that may occur with aging. Speaking with your health care professional is the best way to determine which treatment option will be best for you. Some of the options include:

Treatments may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy for relieving menopausal hot flashes
  • Vaginal estrogen to relieve vaginal dryness, discomfort with intercourse, and some urinary symptoms
  • Low-dose antidepressants to decrease menopausal hot flashes or for women who need an antidepressant for a mood disorder
  • Depending on individual needs, medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis can be prescribed.

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136 North San Mateo Drive , Suite 101
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650-249-9377
Fax: 650-344-2274
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