Menopause Specialist

OB-GYN Hawaii

OB-GYN & Medical Aesthetics & Weight Management located in Honolulu, HI

Menopause is a natural time of transition for women, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept disruptive or uncomfortable symptoms as inevitable. Through the care of a team member from OB-GYN Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii, women can navigate menopause with the tools and support needed to lessen symptoms and improve overall wellness. To explore this topic in more detail, book a one-on-one consultation online or by phone today.

Menopause Q&A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a woman’s transition out of her reproductive years. The process begins when your ovaries stop releasing an egg each month, although the clinical definition is the point in time where 12 months have elapsed since your last period. 

Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45-55. For most women, however, the menopause process actually begins much earlier as hormonal changes begin to create distinct symptoms. 

The time leading up to menopause is known as perimenopause. It should also be noted that a woman of any age who goes through surgery to remove her ovaries will immediately enter menopause. 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman has a unique experience with menopause, so your symptoms may be very different from those of a friend or even a relative. Some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes, or the sensation of warmth throughout the body
  • Irregular or skipped periods
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Bladder control issues
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness

Many women experience several of these symptoms, although not always at the same time. Others have a tougher journey and struggle with a long list of symptoms that make it hard to adhere to normal daily routines. 

How are menopause symptoms treated?

Your treatment plan is crafted to suit your specific symptoms and might change over time. Hormone replacement therapy is a common approach and helps to supplement lowered hormone production. Because so many of the symptoms of menopause are directly linked to these hormonal shifts, hormone replacement therapy can be very effective. 

Other treatment options might focus on specific problems like vaginal dryness, sleep issues, weight gain, and mood changes. The best way to find the treatment plan that’s right for you is to share all symptoms with your doctor. 

Menopause comes at a time when the kids are on their own, retirement is approaching, and many women are restructuring their lives to focus on new pursuits. This should be a time of excitement, renewal, and wellness, without having to weather disruptive symptoms of menopause.   

Begin a path toward relief today by booking a visit using the online scheduling tool or calling to check appointment availability.