What is menopause treatment?
Menopause treatment is available through our women's healthcare at the Health Services of North Texas (HSNT) in Denton, TX. We are now accepting new patients in our Denton South office for women experiencing the signs of menopause. We have dedicated menopause treatment and alternative therapy options for women over the age of 40 or who have had a hormone and/or gynecological issues (with or without a hysterectomy). In a private treatment room, you can expect to have a discreet discussion about your feminine health history, medical issues, and family medical history. For this initial appointment, we may request a pregnancy test, information on your last several periods for trends in irregularity, a blood hormone test, and any other testing that we think may be appropriate for your care.
Women in menopause experience lower levels of the hormones (like estrogen) that can cause one or many symptoms to arise. Our job at HSNT is to help you manage your symptoms through menopause as effectively as we can. Generally, we can make lifestyle and nutrition change recommendations, but we do have alternative therapies with hormone replacement. The severity of your symptoms will not matter when it comes to receiving care. Contact our women's healthcare team in Denton, TX to begin menopause treatment today.
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Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause can look and feel differently for each woman. As a woman's body naturally ages, hormone levels begin to decline. Some of the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause are:
- Vaginal itchiness and dryness
- Changes in menstrual period
- Rapid changes in body temperature
- Night sweats
- Problems sleeping/insomnia
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss
- Skin irregularities
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Changes in eating habits
- Low energy
- Poor mood
- Libido is lower than normal
- Painful sexual intercourse
There are many symptoms of menopause, and you may experience one or all of them. Please reach out to a trusted physician to help manage your transition through menopause. There are interventions we can try to make this time of "the change" be more comfortable.
Our Menopause treatment options
Our women's healthcare team offers women with menopause testing and treatment with alternative therapies at HSNT. Your provider may recommend a bioidentical hormone replacement treatment through a hormone pill, patch, topical cream or gel, injections, vaginal suppository, or pellet therapy. This means that the hormones you receive may be synthetic but will act as your natural hormones would in your body. Using your blood work, your provider can set your dosage explicitly to what you need.
Depending on the treatment option that you have decided to try, you may need to come in for follow-up visits to make sure your dosage is appropriate. Balancing your hormones can require several blood tests throughout treatment. We can monitor your progress through your hormone levels to see if medication needs an adjustment from being too low or too high. These follow-up appointments can be your time to ask questions, voice your concerns about treatment, or just have a conversation about how you feel with hormonal treatments. If you feel it is not working for you, please let us know how we can make your transition through menopause better.
Menopause treatment FAQs
How is menopause diagnosed?
Most women are aware when menopause is approaching due to the signs and symptoms listed above. However, Health Services of North Texas can take your health history and perform certain tests if you're unsure. These may include a blood test that can confirm your hormone levels. Once we have a menopause diagnosis, we can review your treatment options.
Can I treat menopause symptoms naturally?
You may have seen ads that boast a "natural" remedy for menopause symptoms. The fact is that very few over-the-counter supplements have been studied for their safety or effectiveness. It's best to meet with a medical professional to manage menopause and hormone levels without untested drugs.
How safe is hormone replacement?
Bioidentical hormone replacement is very safe if it's monitored by a doctor. While the hormones are synthetic, they do act the same way as your own natural hormones. Our providers can give you information about the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy so you can make an informed decision on your own. We strive to provide the highest quality care with respect and compassion.
For Guidance Through Menopause
If you are experiencing the first signs of menopause or have tried managing symptoms without the help of a doctor, please call HSNT for women's healthcare in North Texas. Because your body is transitioning to producing and using fewer hormones, it can be a very uncomfortable time period as a woman. Our practitioners can provide you with guidance, hormone testing, and alternative therapies to find you some relief during menopause. Request an appointment at HSNT's Denton South Center location today.