The journey through menopause can be tumultuous, filled with uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness that can disrupt your everyday life. But there's good news: You don’t have to endure a rocky road through menopause.
At the Center for Women’s Health in Wichita, Kansas, board-certified OB/GYN Sharon Breit, MD, and our team of mid-level providers, Elizabeth Conkle, APRN, and Amy Sharp, APRN, provide top-quality menopause solutions.
We can help you find the right solutions to ease your symptoms so you feel and function better.
How to treat menopausal symptoms
If you’re struggling with menopause symptoms that are interfering with your daily life, there are treatments to help. We’ve put together some helpful information about five approaches to easing menopause symptoms.
The power of exercise
Regular exercise promotes good health overall, but it also specifically helps to balance hormone levels, reduce hot flashes, improve mood, and combat menopause-related issues.
Regular aerobic exercise like brisk walking or cycling can enhance cardiovascular health and release endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters. Staying active can curb the weight gain often associated with menopause and boost overall mood.
Strength training fights the loss of muscle mass and bone density that occurs during menopause, reducing your risk of osteoporosis. Incorporating balance and flexibility exercises, such as yoga or Pilates, enhances your body's stability and flexibility and also aids in stress relief.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has become an increasingly popular approach to relieve menopausal symptoms. Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, BHRT uses hormones that are chemically identical to those that your body produces, meaning fewer side effects and better symptom management.
Here at the Center for Women's Health, we use BioTE, a trusted name in BHRT. With BioTE, we insert tiny hormone pellets under your skin, where they release the appropriate amount of hormones, providing relief from hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, among other symptoms.
Stress can magnify menopause symptoms. Mind-body techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help manage stress levels and promote a sense of calm and well-being.
Additionally, cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven effective for treating menopausal symptoms, particularly for improving sleep quality and reducing the impact of hot flashes.
As estrogen levels decline, vaginal tissue tends to become thinner and dry, causing itching, discomfort, and pain during intercourse. Vaginal estrogen can help in these situations. Therapy involves the direct application of estrogen to the vagina using a cream, tablet, or ring.
This local approach concentrates the hormone where it's needed most, providing relief from symptoms while minimizing overall hormone exposure to the rest of the body.
Vaginal estrogen can rejuvenate vaginal tissues, enhancing natural lubrication and helping to make intercourse more comfortable. It can also alleviate urinary symptoms like frequent urination or urinary tract infections often associated with menopause.
Quality menopause management
Navigating through the menopause journey can be challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone. At the Center for Women's Health, we’re committed to helping you find the best solutions for your menopausal symptoms.
Whether you're considering BioTE or vaginal estrogen, we’re ready to support you every step of the way. Don't let menopause symptoms stand in the way of your vibrant life. Take the first step toward managing menopause effectively.
Call us at 316-202-1690 today to schedule an in-person or virtual visit, or request an appointment here. We look forward to partnering with you on the path to renewed vitality and wellness.
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