Blessings OB/GYN and Women's Care -  - OB/GYN

Smriti Rana, MD, FACOG

OB/GYN located in Glendale, AZ

Menopause Specialist

Although menopause is a natural part of life, it can still cause uncomfortable symptoms for the patient. Dr. Smriti Rana of Blessings OB/GYN and Women’s Care, located in Glendale, Arizona, provides diagnosis and treatment to women going through menopause.

Menopause Q & A

by Smriti Rana, MD, FACOG

What’s menopause?

Menopause is a natural transition in which a woman’s fertility ends. Once menopause occurs, she no longer ovulates or has a menstrual period. Pregnancy isn’t typically possible after menopause. Before a woman officially enters menopause, she’ll go through a phase known as perimenopause, which may cause noticeable symptoms. The  transition may begin several years before menopause.

What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

During perimenopause, women may notice:

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • A change in bleeding during periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Thinning hair on the head
  • Increased hair growth on the face
  • Lower sex drive
  • Weight gain

What causes menopause?

Before menopause, the body produces specific hormones that control ovulation and the menstrual cycle. Menopause occurs when the body stops producing these hormones in the amount required for ovulation. When the ovaries no longer ovulate, the woman no longer has a period.

When does menopause occur?

For most women, menopause occurs after the age of 45. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51. When menopause occurs before the age of 40, it’s considered premature menopause.

Is premature menopause dangerous?

Women who go through menopause before the age of 40 may be at a higher risk of certain complications, such as bone loss. For this reason, women who suspect early menopause should contact Dr. Rana to discuss testing and treatment options.

What treatments are available?

Some women in perimenopause or menopause won’t need any treatment for their symptoms. When symptoms are severe, Dr. Rana can prescribe oral hormone therapy. This can relieve many of the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness, and it can prevent bone loss. Oral hormone therapy also poses some risks, especially when it’s used for a long time.

Women who experience vaginal dryness may benefit from vaginal estrogen. This treatment doesn’t pose as many risks as oral hormone therapy, but it won’t be effective for systemic symptoms like hot flashes. Other medications Dr. Rana may prescribe to women experiencing menopause include gabapentin, antidepressants, and medications to prevent bone loss.

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Blessings OB/GYN and Women's Care
18555 North 79th Avenue, Suite B-102
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-900-2929
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