OBGYN located in San Antonio, TX
Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept disruptive menopause symptoms as inevitable. If you live in or around San Antonio, Texas, Christopher Serrano, MD, of Serrano OBGyn can help you navigate this phase of life with grace. The process begins with a simple phone call or a visit to the online scheduling tool to find an appointment time that fits your busy life.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the transition out of your reproductive years. The process technically begins when you stop having periods, but many women experience symptoms long before and sometimes after their bleeding stops.
The average age of menopause is 51, but some women begin noticing symptoms in their mid-40s. Knowing what to expect can make it easier to navigate your treatment options. In addition, women who’ve gone through surgery to remove their ovaries will enter menopause immediately, regardless of their age.
How do I know if I am in menopause?
One of the most common signs of menopause is hot flashes, a sudden feeling of being overly warm. You might begin sweating or have flushed skin during hot flashes, which can range in severity from mild to severe.
Some additional symptoms of menopause include:
- Sleep disruptions
- Night sweats
- Irritability or mood swings
- Racing heartbeat
- Reduced sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Joint or muscle aches
- Bladder control issues
Most women experience a range of symptoms, but you’re unlikely to struggle with all of these changes. There’s no way to predict how menopause will affect you, and your experience may even be different from that of a close relative.
What are some treatments for menopause symptoms?
Lifestyle modifications can help you move through menopause with fewer or less intense symptoms. Improving your diet, getting plenty of exercise, and moving away from unhealthy habits can also reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and other health risks that become more common after menopause.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a common way to treat menopause. There are numerous ways to supplement your natural hormone production. Pills, patches, creams, and vaginal rings are all options.
Dr. Serrano offers BioTEⓇ pellet therapy, a hormone replacement option that uses small pellets implanted just beneath your skin. Over time, these pellets release a steady stream of hormones to help restore optimal hormonal balance.
Hormone replacement therapy does come with certain risks, and it isn’t right for everyone. During your consultation, Dr. Serrano will give you all the details needed to make an informed decision about your treatment plan.
If you’re tired of trying to manage the symptoms of menopause on your own, schedule a visit with Dr. Serrano today to explore treatment options. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call to check appointment availability.