The transition into menopause varies widely amongst women and symptoms can range from mildly bothersome to severely incapacitating. Fortunately, these issues are manageable. From hormone therapy to lifestyle shifts, Dr. Tobie Beckerman can guide you toward effective treatment. She’d love to get to know you and your needs in a customized appointment at Beckerman Women’s Health, serving women in Washington, DC, Potomac, Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg and surrounding cities in Montgomery County, MD. Call our office today to learn more.

Menopause Management & Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause is a natural phase of life, but for many women, the accompanying hormonal changes cause symptoms that negatively affect their quality of life. These symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood changes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sleep problems
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain
How can I manage my menopause symptoms?

There are many things that can be done to look and feel your best from menopause and beyond. Dr. Beckerman customizes treatment plans based on your specific needs, symptoms, and overall health. Possible treatment options include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy-Standard FDA approved, or compounded formulations
  • A healthy diet with specific food recommendations and regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Non-hormonal medications and supplements
  • MonaLisa Touch, for vaginal tissue rejuvenation, painful intercourse, and urinary problems
  • Discussion of Libido issues with targeted treatment
  • Vaginal preparations for reduced vaginal dryness
What is hormone replacement therapy?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is considered the most effective treatment for menopause symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal dryness. It works by replacing lost hormones, typically estrogen and/or progesterone. HRT isn’t for everyone, so talk to Dr. Beckerman to find out if it’s the best option for you. She’ll help you weigh the potential risks and benefits, educate you on the true facts and dispel fear and media myths often skewing a patients ability to make a comfortable decision.

How can I maintain a healthy weight after menopause?

A healthy lifestyle, lifetime food modifications without total restriction of favorite foods, and proper medical treatment can help keep your wellness and weight in check after menopause. Important nutrients include:

  • Calcium: milk products, legumes, dark green vegetables, and canned fish
  • Iron: meat, eggs, leafy greens, and fortified grain products
  • Fiber: legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetable
  • Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants
  • Omega 3 and /or Omega 7

If you aren’t able to meet your nutritional needs through food alone, Dr. Beckerman may recommend supplements. In addition to a healthy diet, aim for moderate exercise most days, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.

How can MonaLisa Touch help with menopause?

MonaLisa Touch is a minimally invasive, office, laser therapy that can help relieve numerous symptoms related to menopause by restoring pelvic tissue and function. It’s especially helpful for reducing vaginal dryness or burning, urinary incontinence, and pain during or after intercourse. To get support regarding your menopause symptoms, call Beckerman Women’s Health today.