Chetanna Okasi, MD
OB/GYN located in Columbia, MD & Greenbelt, MD
Every woman reaches menopause sooner or later, though the transitions that occur during this time can present a difficult time for some women. Women in Columbia, Maryland, and the surrounding areas, should see Dr. Chetanna Okasi if they begin to feel their body change as they get older, as it may be a sign of menopause. Treatments such as hormone replacement therapy can be employed to ease the transition into menopause. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy and the other menopausal services offered by Women’s Wellness MD, contact the office today.
Menopause & Hormone Therapy Q & A
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a naturally occurring time in a woman’s life when she no longer experiences menstruation. The ovaries stop producing hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, resulting in a possible change in mood, temperament, and a host of other symptoms.
How Do I Know if I Have Reached Menopause?
When menstruation has stopped for a year or more, women are considered to have entered menopause. Age plays a large factor, as most women experience menopause around 51 years old, though there are a variety of health conditions that can cause women to experience menopause earlier or later. While women should look for signs their periods may have stopped, they should also keep an eye out for the symptoms of menopause.
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
Due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, symptoms can begin far before women have fully entered menopause. Be aware of changes in period length and flow, as well as time in between each period. Women also sometimes experience mood swings, vaginal dryness, trouble focusing, hot flashes, night sweats, and facial hair growth when going through menopause.
While these things are part of the natural process of aging, the staff at Women’s Wellness MD helps ease the transition for those experiencing harsher symptoms. One such method of treatment is the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
How is HRT Used to Treat Menopause?
One method of menopause treatment comes in the form of HRT. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to a variety of different symptoms. HRT is a treatment method used to ease the transition into menopause by supplying low dosages of the hormones your body no longer produces. Estrogen therapy helps reduce instances of hot flashes, while also preventing the loss of bone density.
Treatments come in pills, skin patches, creams, and vaginal rings, so choices can be daunting. Dr. Okasi guides you in the proper direction to make your transition into menopause is as painless as possible.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Dr. Chetanna Okasi and Women's Wellness MD accepts most major insurance plans. If you have any questions, please call our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.