Menopause Specialist

Mark P. Schumacher, MD

Medical Aesthetics Specialist & OBGYN located in Reno, NV

Menopause is a natural life transition, but it can come with hot flashes, mood swings, and other unpleasant symptoms. Skilled OB/GYN Mark Schumacher, MD, helps women in and around Reno, Nevada, cope with menopause symptoms. If you suffer from menopause symptoms and are considering treatments, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call to book an appointment today.

Menopause

What is menopause?

Menopause is the stage in life when you stop getting your menstrual periods and can no longer get pregnant. You have officially reached menopause after it has been a full year since your last menstrual period.

Although menopause signals the end of your menstrual cycles, the transition to menopause, called perimenopause, is a process that can last up to several years. During this time your hormone levels fluctuate, possibly causing difficult symptoms.

Dr. Schumacher works with you to develop a plan to manage your menopause symptoms and maintain a healthy, active life.

At what age does menopause happen?

The average age to reach menopause is 52 in the United States, but the typical range extends from ages 45 to 58. The age your mother went through menopause may help you estimate when to expect it yourself.

Certain factors can cause you to start menopause earlier than most women, such as:

  • Never having children
  • Smoking
  • Medical treatments such as chemotherapy
  • Having had your ovaries removed
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency

Perimenopause typically starts in your mid to late 40s. The average amount of time to transition through perimenopause is four years.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

During perimenopause, you may experience these common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal itching
  • Painful intercourse
  • Decreased sex drive (libido)
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
  • Mood changes
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin

After menopause, your ovaries produce much less estrogen, causing hormone levels to decrease. Low levels of hormones can increase your risk of several health problems, such as:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heart disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Weight gain

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or complications of menopause, Dr. Schumacher can help.

What does treatment of menopause symptoms entail?

Dr. Schumacher begins with a comprehensive physical exam and review of your medical history. He asks questions about the type and severity of your menopause symptoms and then recommends the best treatment plan for your unique needs.

Depending on your situation, treatment may include hormone replacement therapy with synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to balance your hormone levels or MonaLisa Touchâ„¢ nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation to treat incontinence, vaginal dryness, and discomfort due to vaginal atrophy.

To learn more about relieving menopause symptoms, call the office of Mark Schumacher, MD.