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Menopause

Oahu OB/GYN

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Honolulu, HI & Kapolei, HI

Menopause is a natural time of transition in a woman’s life, but it can also be an uncomfortable and disruptive process. Lynette W. Tsai, MD, and Monique Leung, MD, of Oahu OB/GYN, offer comprehensive care for menopause symptoms and assist women in Honolulu and Kapolei, Hawaii, to find relief. To explore treatment options in greater detail, call or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the transition out of your reproductive years. Every woman is born with a finite number of eggs stored in their ovaries. Your ovaries also control estrogen and progesterone production, which regulate your menstrual cycles. 

Once your ovaries stop releasing an egg each month and hormone production declines, menopause begins. That process usually starts between the ages of 45-55, but some women experience menopause as early as 40. Certain medical procedures that remove your ovaries will bring on immediate menopause, like a hysterectomy. 

Many women begin to notice gradual changes as their periods become less and less frequent. For others, the onset of menopause is rapid and pronounced, which can be difficult to cope with. 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman has a unique experience of menopause, and your journey will be different from that of friends or even close family members. Some of the changes you might notice include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweating
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Irritability
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain

You won’t experience all of these symptoms, but it’s not uncommon to be troubled by multiple symptoms. If those changes disrupt your normal routines, there are treatments at Oahu OB/GYN that can help. 

What can be done to treat menopause symptoms?

There are numerous ways to address the symptoms of menopause. Your Oahu OB/GYN doctor creates a treatment path to suit your specific set of needs. For example, if your primary concern is emotional distress, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication can help you find balance as you move through menopause. 

Vaginal dryness is a common complaint during menopause. Oahu OB/GYN offers TempSure™ Vitalia, an innovative radiofrequency treatment that stimulates your body to produce new tissue and restore optimal moisture levels. 

The most common treatment for menopause is called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. This approach seeks to supplement your declining estrogen production with synthetic hormones. Once you achieve the right balance, you see a marked reduction in symptoms. 

Hormone replacement therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and your supplementation plan is designed specifically for you. It may take a period of trial and error to find the balance that’s best for you, but your doctor is there to assist you from start to finish. 

When you’re ready to explore menopause care, book a one-on-one consultation at Oahu OB/GYN. Online scheduling is available, or you are always welcome to call the office to check appointment availability.