Menopause is something that all women are going to have to face at some point or another. It’s a natural biological phenomenon, and nobody should be ashamed of it. This doesn’t mean that it’s easy, however. Menopause comes with a number of emotional and physical symptoms. It’s common for women to experience not only hot flashes, but skin issues, aches and pains, and sexual dysfunction as they go through menopause. Between that and the emotional highs and lows, menopause can be quite disruptive for many women, and hard for some to accept.
You don’t have to go through menopause without help. Your gynecologist can help you get through the process until you’re on the other side. Let’s look into some of the ways that your doctor can assist you through menopause.
1. Lifestyle Advice
If you’re against medication and procedures, you can also ask your gynecologist for advice regarding lifestyle changes to help you through menopause. For example, you may want to talk to them about the different types of clothing you should wear to bed, the temperatures of the showers you take, and even dietary changes that can make menopause a bit more bearable. These types of changes may seem minor, but together they can make a big difference.
You may not think of your gynecologist as the doctor with whom you can discuss antidepressants. However, gynecologists can potentially prescribe antidepressants to treat the symptoms of menopause; and if you’re not comfortable with that, they can give you recommendations that you can pursue with a psychiatrist.
3. Hormone Replacement Therapy
Of course, many people going through menopause speak with their gynecologists about hormone replacement therapy. While not every gynecologist will move immediately to HRT, it’s a valid treatment plan for some. The hormonal changes that come with menopause can have hugely negative effects. HRT can fight off these symptoms. Again, it’s not for everyone, but it is a valid option.
4. Blood Pressure Medications
Some people suffering from menopause benefit from blood pressure medications, as they can help with hot flashes, night sweats, and a rapid heartbeat. Again, it’s not an option for everyone, but it can work for some.
According to Medical News Today, gynecologists go through four years of medical school and a four-year obstetrics-gynecology residency program. They’re knowledgeable, and here to help you!