All women experience menopause, either as a natural result of aging or due to cancer treatment or hysterectomy. This time of hormonal change is marked by a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms that OB/GYN Andrei Buna, MD, can help you manage when you visit his practice in Randolph, New Jersey. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn how you can manage menopause and its symptoms.
Menopause marks the time in a woman's life when her fertility ends and she stops menstruating. To officially be in menopause, you won’t have had a period for a full year. Prior to menopause, you experience perimenopause, which is several months, and often years, marked by hormonal fluctuations that can cause uncomfortable symptoms.
To know for sure, Dr. Buna can confirm through blood tests that you’re heading toward menopause. But you may suspect it yourself when you start to experience the following symptoms:
Your periods usually become irregular as you’re approaching menopause. They may be heavier or lighter, spaced closer together or farther apart, or you may spot between periods.
Menopause is a natural experience, but the related changes in hormones can increase your risk of certain conditions. These include:
The urinary incontinence symptoms that start in perimenopause can continue and worsen as you pass through menopause, too.
Dr. Buna offers hormone replacement therapy and estrogen-only replacement therapy to help you with the perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms and combat some of the increased health risks after menopause, especially the bone loss of osteoporosis.
Estrogen-only therapy offers the greatest relief from menopause symptoms, but it’s usually reserved for women who’ve had a hysterectomy. Hormone therapy combines estrogen and progesterone, which protects you from endometrial cancer that can be caused by taking estrogen when you still have your uterus.
Dr. Buna provides a number of options for hormone and estrogen therapies, including a patch, gel, oral tablet, or injection. Creams can be applied inside your vagina, too. He prescribes the lowest dose of hormones for the shortest amount of time to reduce any potential risks associated with hormone replacement therapy.
To learn more about how to manage menopause symptoms and the changes that occur in your health, call Dr. Buna’s office or book an appointment online.