Menopause Management Columbus, OH
The Menopause Center at Comprehensive Women’s Care has been established solely for the purpose of providing a comfortable, intimate setting for you to learn about the biological, psychological, nutritional, and lifestyle concerns involved with menopause. We know that both, body and mind are important to sustaining a healthy life, and that each requires specialized care during this period of transition. We pay careful attention not only to treating menopausal symptoms, but also to addressing other lifestyle and nutritional issues that can enhance your quality of life as you age. Our goal is to combine unparalleled healthcare with excellent service. We create a customized plan for each woman based on current health, personal lifestyle, and medical history. We deliver a road map for lifestyle changes that will empower you to move through menopause with renewed confidence and knowledge.
Signs of Hormone Imbalance in Women:
- Do you have hot flashes, night sweats or difficulty sleeping?
- Do you have Mental Fogginess?
- Have you lost Energy and Stamina?
- Have you noticed increased Anxiety, Depression or Tearfulness?
- Do you have muscle and joint pains?
- Are you experiencing dry skin and thinning hair?
- Are you easily irritated with family and friends?
- Have you noticed a recent increase in breast tenderness or water retention?
- Do you have low libido, vaginal dryness or urinary incontinence?
Stages of Menopause
Menopause typically begins when a woman reaches her 40s or 50s. Symptoms may be more pronounced at the beginning of the process and can last a few years.
Perimenopause is the stage the occurs several years before a woman reaches menopause. The body begins to make less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. During this time, patients may experience the start of symptoms that will continue through menopause. If more than 60 days elapse in between menstruation, this may be a sign that a woman is nearing the end of perimenopause.
The severity of symptoms and how long they last during menopause varies for each woman. The most common signs of menopause include:
When nearing menopause, periods may become irregular in regard to how often it occurs, how long it lasts, and how heavy it is. Certain medications, including birth control, can help make your period more regular.
Hot flashes and night sweats
Hot flashes are the most frequent symptom of menopause and can result in a feeling of heat, a flushed face or neck, or sweating. Many women experience night sweats, which are hot flashes that come on during the night, and can make it difficult to sleep. Avoiding certain triggers of hot flashes can help, like stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, or tight clothing.
Changes in mood and memory
The changes in hormones can cause changes in your mood and can worsen existing anxiety or depression. Forgetfulness can stem from this additional stress. Women should contact a doctor if they have been feeling down for an extended period of time or think they are forgetting things too often.
The skin around the vagina can become drier during and after menopause because of the drop in estrogen levels, which can cause sex to be painful. [MonaLisa Touch is a treatment that stimulates new collagen to improve vaginal dryness.]
Postmenopause is the period after menopause when a woman hasn’t had her period for 12 months. The symptoms related to menopause gradually improve for most women. However, because of the lower level of estrogen, postmenopausal women are at an increased risk of certain health problems, including osteoporosis and heart disease. It’s important to continue to see your OBGYN for routine exams and tests even after menopause.
How Comprehensive Women’s Care Helps Manage Your Menopause
- Initial Consultation. Appointment with Dr. Ananth to complete a menopause assessment; and to discuss concerns and develop a personal roadmap for management of symptoms.
- Shared Medical Appointment. Informative healthcare delivered in a warm, supportive setting, and access to a wider variety of medical information with a small group of women. Greater attention to the mind/body aspects of women’s health is discussed during the 90-minute appointment.
- MonaLisa Touch – a simple, safe, and clinically proven laser treatment for the painful symptoms of menopause, including intimacy. The MonaLisa Touch treatment delivers gentle CO2 laser energy to the vaginal tissue wall that stimulates a healing response. Performed by Dr. Ananth, a typical treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks. Learn More
Learn more on how to manage the symptoms of menopause!