Menopause

Deer Valley OB/GYN

Victor Kissil, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Phoenix, AZ

Menopause is a natural phase of life, but it can bring on a range of uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help. Victor Kissil, DO, of Deer Valley OB/GYN in Phoenix, specializes in assisting women through this time of transition. If you’ve noticed changes and suspect you are in menopause, schedule an appointment today to explore treatment options. You can schedule online, or simply call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the transition out of your childbearing years. It begins 12 months after you’ve had your last period. It normally lasts 6-8 years, although some women experience menopause for as long as 14 years.  

The most common age range for menopause is 45-55 years of age. However, a hysterectomy or the surgical removal of your ovaries can trigger early menopause in a woman of any age.

Every woman has a unique experience during menopause. Some experience few, if any, troubling symptoms, while others find the experience incredibly difficult. Fortunately, there are ways to treat symptoms and give you the ability to enjoy your normal daily routine.

What are some symptoms of menopause?

One of the most common symptoms of menopause is hot flashes, the sudden onset of warmth spreading across your upper body. You might experience sweating and skin flushing at the same time, even when there is no sudden external temperature change or increase in physical exertion.

Additional symptoms of menopause include:

  • Sleep disruptions
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Joint or muscle ache
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Changes in libido
  • Bladder control problems

You might experience several symptoms at varying levels of intensity. Others may come and go as you move through the process of menopause.

What are some treatment options for menopause symptoms?

Hormone therapy is one of the most effective means of managing the symptoms of menopause. Supplemental estrogen helps to restore hormonal balance and relieve many symptoms. Estrogen is available in the form of pills, creams, patches, gels, injections, and vaginal rings. For some women, a combination of estrogen and progestogen is the preferred approach.

Low-dose antidepressants also help manage hot flashes and regulate mood swings in women who experience mental health symptoms during menopause. Certain medications used to treat seizures and high blood pressure are also beneficial in treating menopause symptoms.

Dr. Kissil is a firm believer in the power of customized treatment plans and works with you to determine the best course of action for your symptoms and lifestyle. Your treatment may shift over time as the menopause process moves forward and depending on how your body responds to various treatment options.

When you’re ready to explore menopause treatment, book a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kissil to get started. You can schedule online or by phone and can rest assured that you’ll be in the best of hands.