More Treatment Options for Post-menopausal Symptoms

There is a new product on the market called Imvexxy, which was developed to treat the dryness that post-menopausal women develop. Although the medication, estradiol, is not new, the delivery system is. Instead of a cream or tablet, this is a vaginal gel cap. It comes in the standard dose (10 mcg), and a lower …

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September Is Menopause Awareness Month

All women know that at some point in their lives, that lovely phase called “menopause” will be upon them. And based on everything they’ve heard, they will likely expect to experience one or more of these common symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, low sex drive, painful intercourse or depression. What if …

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Is The Mona Lisa Safe?

Recently there was an article in the NY Times which challenged the use of lasers for treating vaginal atrophy and other vaginal changes associated with menopause. The Mona Lisa Touch is an FDA approved device, although the treatment of vaginal atrophy is an off-label use of the laser therapy. The article suggested that the laser …

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What Should Go in the Vagina?

We live in the world of internet health, for good and bad. I admit to turning to the internet for medical advice. A rash on my arm, a strange feeling in my chest, and I turn to Dr. Google. However, in the end, the overwhelming amount of advice and strange ideas usually sends me straight …

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Why You Should Consider MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment for postmenopausal vaginal atrophy, which is the thinning of the walls of the vagina caused by decreased estrogen levels. This can often cause vaginal dryness and burning as well as pain during intercourse.  MonaLisa Touch is a simple procedure that is relatively painless and is performed in 3 sessions …

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9 Benefits of Bioidentical Estrogen

Postmenopausal hormone replacement is more than just resolving hot flashes. Estrogen affects everything from your skin to your brain. This is a great article highlighting some of the important effects of estrogen. If you are postmenopausal and struggling with these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your provider to see if you are a good candidate …

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The Benefits of Starting HRT Early

There is a lot of misinformation out there about postmenopausal hormone replacement, based on old, misinterpreted studies. The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has put out a great informational video about the safety and timing of hormone replacement. They recommend seeking treatment sooner rather than later, as it is safer to start HRT earlier, and …

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Reassuring News About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy or (HRT) is an excellent way to treat menopausal symptoms associated with decreased estrogen which occurs in the Peri-menopausal and Menopausal years. Symptoms of decreased estrogen are hot flashes/night sweats, sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness. HRT can also prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia. Many clinicians are weary about prescribing HRT or are prescribing …

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Transdermal vs. Oral Estrogen for Menopause

For the treatment of menopausal symptoms, I have always preferred using the estrogen patch as opposed to oral estrogen (oral conjugated equine estrogens). With the patch, which allows a continuous delivery of estrogen, you don’t see the same fluctuations of estrogen as you do with the oral pill.  The absorption through the skin bypasses the …

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