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Menopause Specialist

Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine

OBGYN and Aesthetics located in St. Augustine, FL

All women experience menopause. It’s a natural part of life, but uncontrolled menopause symptoms shouldn’t affect your overall quality of life. Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida, and provider Sherri Maetozo, MD, support you in the transition to menopause and helps you manage any symptoms. Are you suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness? Call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine today or make your first appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause refers to the “pausing” or ending of your menstrual cycle. Different women experience menopause at varying times, but most women start experiencing menopause symptoms around their 40s or 50s.

Menopause is just another stage of life for women, but sometimes the emotionally and physically upsetting symptoms can affect a woman’s happiness. However, many symptoms of menopause are treatable with the help of medication, therapies, and other treatments.

What are the common symptoms of menopause?

Hot flashes are the most well-known symptom of menopause. In fact, over 75% of women experience hot flashes during menopause. However, menopause can also produce a variety of symptoms, which include:

  • Weight gain
  • Lower libido
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Slower metabolism
  • Thin hair
  • Dry skin

For some women, these symptoms are just minor annoyances and can be addressed through moderate lifestyle changes. However, for other women, these symptoms may cause further health complications.

How should you take care of your body after menopause?

It’s important to adjust how you take care of your body after menopause so you can maintain your optimal health. You might hear that some of your friends your age complain about common health complications:

  • Heart problems
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Lower libido
  • Heart disease
  • Brittle bones
  • Urinary incontinence

Osteoporosis is another common problem during menopause. Estrogen helps keep your bones healthy, so when it plummets with menopause you’re more likely to suffer from osteoporosis problems like bone loss, brittle bones, and bone breaks. One out of two women over the age of 50 break a bone due to osteoporosis.

The practitioners at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine can help you avoid preventable health problems by coaching you on how to live a healthy lifestyle. After menopause, you may need to adjust your diet and exercise routine to maintain a healthy weight and avoid heart and other health issues. Additionally, you might need to take calcium supplements to prevent bone fractures.

Don’t be afraid to bring up medical issues like vaginal dryness, lower libido, and urinary incontinence during your next appointment with Dr. Maetozo. These disorders are treatable and open communication with your healthcare provider helps you solve these issues sooner rather than later.

How is menopause treated?

Menopause can’t be cured, but there are plenty of treatment options that can reduce the symptoms and even lessen the health risks associated with menopause. Some treatments focus on individual symptoms, like vaginal lubricants or estrogen-based creams to reduce dryness and pain during intercourse. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) offers relief for a broader array of symptoms by supplementing the body’s natural hormones. Bioidentical as well as synthetic hormones and other medications also may be useful in reducing some menopause-related health risks. HRT can be administered with patches, pills, pellets, and other natural and synthetic treatment options. Your dedicated provider at Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine will work with you to figure out the best treatment option.

Is HRT safe?

Today’s HRT uses bioidentical hormones with the same chemical structure as naturally-produced hormones, for significantly lower risk of side effects.

Are you experiencing discomfort due to menopause symptoms? Don’t let embarrassment get in the way of you addressing your symptoms. Call Maetozo Total Women’s Care of Saint Augustine or book your first appointment online today.