Menopause

Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC

Carlos Barrionuevo, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Coral Springs, FL

Menopause is an inevitable transition that takes you out of your reproductive years. For some women, this transition involves little to no problems, while other women suffer through years of side effects that significantly impact their lives. If you fall more toward the latter, it’s worth seeking the counsel of a gynecologist like Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo. At Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC, Dr. Barrionuevo understands that menopause can cause significant quality of life issues, and he works with women in Coral Springs, Florida to manage them effectively. To gain control over your menopausal symptoms, call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

In the simplest terms, menopause marks the transition from your reproductive years to your post-reproductive years. This happens when your ovaries begin to slow, and eventually cease production of eggs. This also means that the estrogen produced by your ovaries also decreases significantly, which is what leads to most of the adverse side effects of menopause.

Most women begin to enter menopause in their late 40s and make the full transition in their early 50s (the average age is 51-52). Once you’ve stopped having your period for 12 months in a row, you’re in menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

When it comes to the side effects produced by the transition through menopause, no two women experience them alike, both concerning duration and variety of symptoms. The most common side effects include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Bone loss
  • Organ prolapse

Again, you may experience only a few months of hot flashes, or you may be plagued with symptoms like vaginal dryness and incontinence, which severely impact your quality of life. Most women fall somewhere in between.

The bottom line is that if your side effects are creating negative consequences in your life, it’s a good idea to seek the help of Dr. Barrionuevo.

How is menopause treated?

Since menopause is inevitable for every woman, there’s nothing that can be done to stop or prevent it. What Dr. Barrionuevo can do is help manage your symptoms with treatments such as:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Topical estrogen creams for vaginal dryness
  • Antidepressants
  • Pelvic floor exercises

There’s no magic bullet for managing your symptoms, but some treatments can help you get through them. Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise can have a significant impact on your symptoms. Relaxation techniques can also be beneficial.

Rest assured, Dr. Barrionuevo works with you to find the right combination of treatments to restore your quality of life. To get started, call Coral Springs OBGYN or use the online booking tool.