Menopause Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

OB/GYNs & Urogynecologists located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

You know menopause is in your future as a woman, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Whether you’re approaching menopausal years, or if you’re starting to have symptoms, make an appointment at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica. Doron Blumenfeld, MD, FACOG, and the expert team of OB/GYNs at his Santa Monica, California, office provide the most advanced treatments to help reduce the side effects of menopause. Get started on your menopause treatment plan right away by calling to schedule your appointment, or book your visit online.

Menopause

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

How do I know if I am in menopause?

If you’re in your late 40s or early 50s, you might start experiencing some symptoms of menopause. The telltale sign is that you haven’t had a menstrual period in over 12 months. But you might notice some other signs that you’re menopausal, including:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats and insomnia
  • Thinning hair and dry skin

Which treatments are best for menopause?

Menopause isn’t something you can avoid, but with the help of a dedicated OB/GYN, you can manage its symptoms. The best treatment isn’t a one-size-fits-all option, rather you and Dr. Blumenfeld will work together to find a solution based on your symptoms.

Rest assured, the team at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica works to find the best option for your specific needs. Some of the treatment options include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Transdermal patches
  • Vaginal hormone therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Nonhormonal medications
  • Mona Lisa Laser treatment.

Can hormone replacement therapy help with menopause symptoms?

Often, yes. When you stop having periods, your hormone levels plummet (this is why you have uncomfortable side effects). Restoring your hormone levels — estrogen and progesterone — through hormone replacement therapy (HRT) often stops symptoms altogether, or at least lessens their severity. We use only bioidentical productsf

Your dedicated OB/GYN can prescribe hormone replacement therapy if you decide it’s right for you. Usually, you can start a hormone replacement therapy plan if you have symptoms of menopause but aren’t fully menopausal just yet.

Does hormone replacement therapy require injections?

Not necessarily. Modern hormone replacement therapy treatments come in many forms, so you won’t always need shots. Alternative hormone replacement therapy options include:

  • Creams
  • Suppositories
  • Pellets
  • Patches

Make a note of which symptoms are most concerning to you and how often they happen. That information helps Dr. Blumenfeld better understand what you’re going through and which type of hormone replacement therapy might work for you.