Menopause

Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology

OBGYNs located in New Albany, MS

If standing in front of the open freezer door is no longer curing your hot flashes, and you’re experiencing painful intercourse after menopause, it’s time to call Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology in New Albany, Mississippi, for menopause management. No one ever talks about sexual dysfunction after menopause, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. The team at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology can help you through all of the changes you experience before, during, and after menopause. Call or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is more than hot flashes and irritability. Women reach menopause at the age of 52 on average. When you’ve reached menopause, your ovaries stop producing and releasing eggs and your production of estrogen declines. Menopause is defined as going a full year without a menstrual period. But before menopause, there’s a period of transition called perimenopause, which can last for about four years. It typically starts when women are in their mid-to-late 40s. During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate and can cause menopause symptoms.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopausal symptoms and the severity of symptoms vary from one woman to the next, but they commonly include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular periods
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability

About half of all women develop vaginal atrophy after menopause, which can lead to sexual dysfunction.

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy causes painful intercourse, bleeding after intercourse, and a burning sensation in the vagina. As estrogen levels drop as a result of menopause, the vaginal tissues become dry and thin. Vaginal lubrication decreases along with blood supply to the vagina, leading to a condition called vaginal atrophy. 

Your doctor at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology screens for menopause-related problems, talks with you about prevention, and discusses your menopause management options.

What is menopause management?

For mild menopause symptoms, the team at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology offers lifestyle tips to help you manage your discomfort. For example, mild vaginal dryness can be relieved with either a topical estrogen prescription or an over-the-counter lubricant. Night sweats can be helped by keeping the temperature cool and dressing lightly.

For moderate to severe menopause symptoms, you may benefit from hormone replacement therapy, using medication to restore the balance of estrogen in your body. Hormone replacement therapy helps to reverse vaginal atrophy, improve or eliminate menopausal symptoms, and prevent osteoporosis. 

Your doctor at Advanced Obstetrics & Gynecology develops a comprehensive menopause management plan based on your medical history to relieve your symptoms. You don’t have to suffer from menopause symptoms. Schedule an appointment online or call the office today for an evaluation.