Menopause Specialist

Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women

Gynecologists located in Lawrenceville, GA

Menopause marks the end of your reproductive cycle. Though a normal part of the aging process, the hormonal changes that occur before and during menopause may cause severe symptoms. The team of gynecologists at Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women in Lawrenceville, Georgia, includes menopause experts. They provide personalized menopause treatment specific to your symptoms and preferences. To schedule a menopause consultation, call the office or book online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the last stage of your reproductive cycle. You reach menopause when you go one full year without your period. 

Menopause occurs because your ovaries no longer produce estrogen and progesterone, which are the hormones that control your menstrual cycle.

Though menopause has a definitive start date, the hormonal changes that occur with menopause don’t happen all at once. You may start the transition to menopause several years before your menstrual cycle stops

This transitional period is called perimenopause. Many of the symptoms associated with menopause start during perimenopause. 

What are menopause symptoms?

Menopause symptoms vary in type and severity. Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women divides menopause symptoms into two categories: vasomotor symptoms and genitourinary symptoms.

Vasomotor symptoms

Vasomotor symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms are common and may resolve over time. 

Studies indicate that women may experience vasomotor symptoms for 4-10 years, or more.

Genitourinary symptoms

Genitourinary symptoms include vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, urinary incontinence, urinary urgency, low sex drive, and problems with orgasms. 

Genitourinary symptoms don’t resolve on their own. 

What can I expect during a menopause consultation?

When you visit Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women for a menopause consultation, you can expect a patient-centered evaluation. 

During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical and gynecological history, and the types of medications and supplements you take. They perform a physical and pelvic exam, and run lab work to check your blood hormone levels.

What are menopause treatments?

Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women creates personalized menopause treatment plans based on your symptoms, medical history, and personal preferences.

For vasomotor symptoms, you may benefit from:

  • Bioidentical hormone therapy
  • Vaginal estrogen
  • Gabapentin or clonidine for hot flashes
  • Low-dose antidepressants for hot flashes and mood changes

For genitourinary symptoms, Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women uses MonaLisa Touch®. This advanced laser tool improves vaginal health by stimulating production of blood vessels and collagen, which alleviates your symptoms. 

Your treatment plan may also include lifestyle changes such as diet modification and an exercise program to improve your overall health and wellness. Your provider may also recommend nutritional supplements to maintain or improve bone health.

You can’t stop menopause, but there are many effective treatments that can help you get through the symptoms. Call Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women or book an appointment online today.