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Menopause Management

Lynnell P. Gardner MD PC and Michael F. Hamant MD PC

Gynecology & Family Medicine located in Tucson, AZ

Changing hormone levels can cause many difficult symptoms during and after the transition to menopause, but gynecologist Lynnell P. Gardner, MD, can help. She offers menopause management services at her shared private practice, Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., in Tucson, Arizona. To learn how you can manage your menopause symptoms, call or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Management Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a normal part of life that occurs when you haven’t had a period for at least 12 months. This marks the permanent end to your menstrual cycle and means you can no longer get pregnant. 

The average age for menopause to occur in the United States is 52. However, the months and years leading up to menopause involve rising and falling hormone levels that cause symptoms and noticeable changes in your body. This period is called perimenopause, and it’s what most women are referring to when they talk about going through menopause. 

What are common menopause symptoms?

As you transition to menopause, changes in your hormone levels can disrupt your menstrual cycle and cause symptoms. Common symptoms that women experience during and after menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal itching
  • Irregular periods
  • Problems sleeping (insomnia)
  • Mood changes
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Increased urinary tract infections
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Pain during sex
  • Weight gain

Just because these symptoms are common doesn’t mean you need to suffer through them. Many menopause symptoms interfere with your quality of life, affect your personal routine, and impact romantic relationships. Fortunately, Dr. Gardner can help. She creates a plan to manage your unique menopause symptoms. 

How are menopause symptoms treated?

First, Dr. Gardner reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. She spends as much time as you need to discuss your symptoms and concerns. Then, she develops a personalized treatment plan for your specific menopause symptoms. 

Depending on your needs, your menopause management plan may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Changes to your diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Meditation or yoga

Dr. Gardner also offers MonaLisa Touch® nonsurgical laser treatment for vaginal dryness and atrophy. This painless and minimally invasive treatment stimulates collagen production and blood flow in your vagina. The result is increased vaginal lubrication and tone, which leads to more enjoyable sex for women with symptoms of vaginal atrophy. 

To find relief from your menopause symptoms, call the office of Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., or book an appointment online today.