Blossom Women's Health Center
Women's Health Specialists located in Alpharetta, GA
Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept unpleasant symptoms as an unavoidable part of growing older. Laquita Martinez, MD, FACOG, offers comprehensive care and hormone replacement for women going through menopause. At Blossom Women’s Health Center in Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Martinez works with you to find the best way to manage your symptoms and allow you to move through this transition with ease. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and menopause care.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is a transition that marks the end of your reproductive years. It usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55. During menopause, fluctuations in hormonal levels cause changes in your body. Symptoms of menopause can include:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disruption
- Night sweats
- Mood swingsHeadaches
- Irregular bleeding
Can menopause lead to sexual dysfunction?
Many women notice changes in their attitude about sex as they near or enter menopause. You might have less interest in sex or lack the motivation to initiate intimacy with your partner.
For many women, the physical changes associated with menopause make sex uncomfortable. You may experience vaginal dryness, or the tissues in your vaginal walls may thin and tear more easily. Treatment can help, so be sure to mention your concerns to Dr. Martinez during your appointment.
What are some treatment options for menopause?
Hormone replacement therapy can relieve many of the common symptoms of menopause. By restoring hormonal balance, you can find relief from hot flashes, night sweating, and more. Hormone therapy works to replace the estrogen that stops being produced by a woman’s body during menopause.
Medications can also play a role in your treatment plan. Some drugs work to reduce hot flashes and mood swings. Vaginal estrogen can help relieve vaginal dryness, irritation, and incontinence. Delivery methods include tablets, creams, or a vaginal ring.
How does hormone replacement therapy work?
Hormone replacement therapy is the use of medicines containing female hormones to manage menopausal symptoms. One of the most common and effective methods of treatment, hormones such as estrogen can help counteract hormonal imbalances that cause hot flashes, fatigue, night sweats, and other common symptoms of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy balances the body’s hormones and helps decrease common menopausal symptoms.
The best therapy plan is different for every woman and Dr. Martinez customizes your hormonal medical management plan to meet your needs. Taking into account your medical history and symptoms, she helps you find the right dosage and method of treatment to manage your hormonal imbalance.
Are there treatment options for urinary incontinence?
During and after menopause, reduced levels of estrogen can cause the lining of your urethra to thin, making urinary incontinence more common. As you age, your pelvic muscles also weaken, which can also increase your risk of developing urinary incontinence. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept involuntary urine leakage.
At Blossom Women’s Health Center, our pelvic floor physical therapy program can help. Dr. Martinez can work with you to target the pelvic floor muscle group through physical therapy, strengthening the pelvic muscles and improving bladder control. You don’t have to live with unmanaged symptoms of menopause.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Martinez online or by phone today to get started with your treatment plan.