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Menopause

Ninoutchka Dejean, MD -  - Gynecology

Boca Women's Health

Ninoutchka Dejean, MD

Gynecology & Women's Health Specialist located in Boca Raton, FL & Pembroke Pines, FL

All women experience menopause, a natural stage of life, but uncontrolled symptoms of menopause shouldn’t affect your overall well-being. At Boca Women's Health, board-certified gynecologist Ninoutchka Dejean, MD, supports you in your transition to menopause. Dr. Dejean addresses unwanted menopausal symptoms with treatments like hormone replacement therapy and nonsurgical vaginal revitalization. Call the office in Boca Raton, Florida, today or schedule a consultation online to learn about your treatment options.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause marks not only the end of your childbearing years but also your menstrual cycle. A woman is considered to have entered menopause after the passage of 12 consecutive months without a period.

Most women start going through menopause in their 40’s, but the onset varies from person to person. The average age of menopause is 51.

Although menopause is a normal stage in life, it also brings with it a host of changes to your hormones and your body. These changes not only produce uncomfortable symptoms but also expose you to conditions like osteoporosis, which increases your likelihood of breaking a bone.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause is linked to a gradual loss of estrogen as your ovaries slowly cease the production of this hormone. This may result in a multitude of menopausal symptoms, such as: 

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Painful sex
  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Forgetfulness
  • Night sweats

At Boca Women's Health, Dr. Dejean offers many options for addressing the effects of menopause. This includes hormone replacement, antidepressant medications, vaginal estrogens and certain procedures such as Femtouch.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

 Hormone replacement therapy increases the hormones in your body that are now low as a result of menopause. These hormones are FDA-approved and mimic the activities of your body’s own hormones. Boca Women's Health offers a variety of convenient options. Dr. Dejean may suggest pills, a patch, topical gels, or vaginal medications as part of your hormone replacement therapy. Over time, she may adjust the dosage based on to arrive at the ideal amount of hormones to alleviate your menopausal symptoms.

Can antidepressants help with menopausal symptoms?

Antidepressants can often be used in the management of menopausal symptoms. They are given at low doses to help reduce the occurrence of mood changes and hot flashes. 

What other options can help with menopausal symptoms? 

There are other categories of medications used in the treatment of menopause. Though Clonidine is a blood pressure medication and Gabapentin is a seizure medication, they are both very effective in managing night sweats and hot flashes. 

If menopausal symptoms interfere with your quality of life, contact Boca Women's Health today or book a consultation online to explore your treatment options with Dr. Dejean.

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