Menopause

Elite Gynecology Miami -  - Gynecologist

Elite Gynecology Miami

Gynecologist & Minimally Invasive Surgeon located in Miami, FL

Menopause brings many changes to a woman’s life. For some women, it brings uncomfortable symptoms that can interfere with daily activities and intimate relationships. Tarek Bardawil, MD, at Elite Gynecology Miami is a board-certified physician who offers comprehensive menopause management that helps women feel like themselves again. Dr. Bardawil designs personalized treatment plans to address hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary issues, and more. To schedule an evaluation for menopause management, call the Miami office today, or make an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What happens during menopause?

When you haven’t had a period for 12 months, you’re officially in menopause. In the years before menopause, known as perimenopause, your fertility begins to decline, and you may experience irregular periods and other symptoms. 

Natural menopause typically occurs in your late 40s to early 50s, but some women experience menopause earlier. 

You may immediately enter menopause if you have both of your ovaries surgically removed. Whether you experience natural or surgical menopause, it marks the end of your fertility and a time when reproductive hormone levels drop significantly. 

Decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone are believed to be responsible for most of the symptoms many women experience during menopause.

What are menopause symptoms?

Menopause can cause a variety of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Not all women experience symptoms during menopause. However, many women experience these common menopause symptoms:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Painful sex
  • Decreased libido
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory

Milder symptoms may not interfere with your quality of life, but moderate-to-severe symptoms can have a negative impact on your comfort, mood, and personal relationships. 

How does menopause affect my health?

Menopause isn’t an illness; it’s a natural part of every woman’s life. However, your risk for certain health conditions does increase when you reach menopause, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. 

Severe menopause symptoms can affect your ability to get adequate sleep and relieve stress, so they may have an impact on your overall health. 

Dr. Bardawil recommends that you maintain a healthy diet, get regular exercise, and have regular check-ups, well-woman exams, and other preventive care services to keep you feeling as healthy as possible during menopause and beyond. 

Menopause management can also help prevent symptoms from interfering with your health and well-being.

What is the treatment for menopause symptoms?

Dr. Bardawil partners with his patients to address menopausal symptoms in a way that works best for their individual needs. He offers several options for menopause management, including:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Vaginal estrogen creams
  • Antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications
  • Medications to address insomnia

Dr. Bardawil provides both traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. 

Traditional HRT involves synthetic hormone medications, while bioidentical hormones are plant-based and identical in molecular structure to the hormones your body produces naturally.

For menopause symptom relief, call Elite Gynecology Miami, or book online.