Night sweats and other unpleasant symptoms of Menopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods. The years leading up to this point are called perimenopause, or “around menopause.” Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years that began in puberty. It can take up to 10 years before one actually becomes menopausal and after that, the symptoms may lessen but may not completely disappear.

Although not completely without risks, hormone replacement with estrogen continues to be the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms. For women who have breast cancer or have a strong family history of breast cancer, there are non-hormonal medications available that can help.

Some women only notice symptoms such as vaginal dryness and pain or discomfort with during intercourse. Using vaginal estrogen such as Estrace or Premarin cream prescribed by a physician may be helpful. Coconut oil, Vitamin E and glycerin have been known to help with these symptoms as well. For some women, especially those who are not able to use hormones or prefer not to use estrogen, there is a non-surgical option that can strengthen, rebuild vaginal wall collagen and improve sexual health.

Check in with the doctors at Annanadale OBGYN to learn about the latest solution to vaginal dryness and discomfort symptoms.

Author
Dr. Anna Le A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Anna Le received her Medical Doctor degree in 1998 from George Washington University. Dr. Le completed an OB/GYN residency at Howard University in 2003. Dr. Le is the founder of Annandale OBGYN. She began her practice in 2003. Dr. Le offers comprehensive care for women throughout their lifetime, from pregnancy and childbirth to the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause, and urinary incontinence. Dr. Le specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic procedures including laparoscopy, endometrial ablation and hysteroscopic Essure procedures. She also practices the full scope of office gynecology including management of abnormal pap smears, adolescent medicine, hormone therapy, birth control, abnormal bleeding , sexual dysfunction, diagnostic ultrasound for obstetric and gynecologic disorders.

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