How are menopause symptoms treated?
Dr. Krinsky and his team treat menopause symptoms using various methods, such as:
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Krinsky may recommend hormone replacement therapy to increase low hormone levels within your body. He may recommend estrogen-only therapy if you’ve had a hysterectomy, or estrogen plus progestin if you still have a uterus. Hormone replacement helps prevent bone loss, hot flashes, and other menopause symptoms.
If you experience vaginal dryness during or after menopause, Dr. Krinsky may recommend you apply estrogen products directly to your vagina in the form of vaginal creams, rings, or tablets. Doing so releases small amounts of estrogen into the vaginal tissue to relieve dryness, urinary symptoms, and painful intercourse.
Low-Dose Antidepressant Medications
If you’re unable to take estrogen for health reasons, Dr. Krinsky may recommend low-dose antidepressant medications to relieve menopause symptoms like hot flashes and mood changes.
Taking anti-seizure medications may help reduce hot flashes in women who aren’t good candidates for estrogen therapy. Dr. Krinsky will help you decide what, if any, medications are a good match for you.
If you have low bone density due to menopause-related hormone imbalance, Dr. Krinsky may recommend osteoporosis medication or other supplements to strengthen your bones and reduce the risk of fractures.
Alternative Medicine and Lifestyle Remedies
Dr. Krinsky believes in treating gynecological conditions as naturally as possible and may recommend alternative medicine or lifestyle remedies instead of or in addition to hormone therapy. He may suggest you:
Get more sleep
Use relaxation techniques such as meditation
Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
Avoid tobacco smoke
Utilize acupuncture or hypnosis
When you’re ready to ease symptoms of menopause and resume normal daily activities, call Dr. Krinsky’s office or book an appointment online today.