Menopause Specialists

OBGYN Care

OB/GYN located in Houston, TX

Menopause may be a natural occurrence, but it can cause an array of symptoms that take a big toll on a woman’s quality of life. Fortunately, as a leading OBGYN doctor in Houston, Texas, Dr. Sharon Smith offers comprehensive menopause care for women at their practice, OBGYN Care. Dr. Smith and her associates will diagnose and design treatments to help you manage your menopause symptoms and reduce related health risks with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat multiple systemic symptoms.

Menopause Q & A

What causes menopause?

Menopause typically begins in the 40s as the production of estrogen and progesterone decline. Hormonal decline begins earlier, but symptoms related to this decline don’t typically begin until the 40s or even the early 50s for some women. Perimenopause is the entire time from when a woman first starts noticing symptoms until her periods stop. Menopause refers to the time after a woman’s periods have completely stopped. Once a woman has had 12 consecutive months without a period, she’s said to be in menopause.

What symptoms do menopause and perimenopause bring?

Symptoms vary from woman to woman but most women experience at least a few of these symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Very heavy periods (menorrhagia)
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability, sadness, and other mood changes
  • Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Problems concentrating
  • Facial hair growth or thinning hair on the head
  • Fatigue
  • Tender or itchy nipples
  • Weight gain

Not only will symptoms vary from woman to woman, but the degree to which these symptoms affect their daily lives will also vary.

How is menopause treated?

There’s no “cure” for menopause, but there are plenty of options to reduce and relieve symptoms. Treatment options can include:

  • Oral medications: To address sleep problems and hot flashes
  • Vaginal creams and lubricants: To relieve pain during intercourse and reduce the risk of infection
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): With bioidentical hormones to treat symptoms on a systemic level
  • Lifestyle changes : Losing excess weight, eating a healthy diet, and being more physically active.

Because the decline in estrogen can increase the risks of certain diseases including osteoporosis and heart disease, screenings for these and other diseases also may be recommended as part of a menopause treatment plan.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are synthetic (lab-created) hormones that have the same chemical structure as the hormones that are produced naturally by the body.

For many years, HRT relied on chemical hormone “substitutes” that had a different chemical structure. That meant while they were useful in reducing some symptoms, the body wasn’t able to process them or eliminate them in the same way it treats natural hormones. As a result, the synthetic hormones were able to “build up” in the body, increasing the risks of several serious complications.

Because bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as natural hormones, the body processes and eliminates them in the same way, significantly reducing the risk of complications.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At OBGYN Care, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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Aetna
Amerigroup
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Community Health Choice
Humana
Molina Healthcare
PHCS
United Healthcare