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Menopause Management Specialists

Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Inner Richmond & Lakeside neighborhoods, San Francisco, CA

Experiencing perimenopause or menopause poses unique challenges to patients primarily in their late 40s and early 50s. This may include hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, headaches, sleep disturbances, mood changes and weight gain. Board-certified physicians Monica Hannon, MD, FACOG and Ziyad Hannon, MD, FACOG can help ensure perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms do not impact your quality of life. Schedule online or call either San Francisco office location to schedule a consultation right away.

Menopause Management Q & A

Why do I need menopause management?

Menopause management is a way to address all of the uncomfortable and embarrassing issues that your body undergoes as your fertile window closes. You may benefit from menopause management if you regularly experience:

  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Urinary incontinence 
  • Vaginal dryness 
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Recurrent vaginitis or urinary tract infections 

Non-hormonal and hormonal treatment options are available to try.

How does an OB/GYN treat menopause symptoms?

The expert OB/GYNs at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility gather information about all of your symptoms and, if needed, run lab tests to evaluate your hormone levels. In many cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is helpful for resolving menopause-related symptoms. Your personalized HRT plan may include:

  • Oral hormone medications
  • Skin patches
  • Skin creams or ointments

But HRT isn’t for everyone, and sometimes you need alternative treatments in addition to hormone replacement therapy. Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility proudly offers nonhormonal management of menopausal symptoms, too. Your OB/GYN may recommend:

  • Dietary supplements, such as calcium and vitamin D
  • SSRIs and Gabapentin which have been shown to help with hot flashes
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Kegel exercises 
  • Physical activity 

For women with specific complaints of vaginal symptoms related to menopausal changes (such as painful sex), we offer treatment with vaginal estrogen cream, ring, or tablets.  Patients may also benefit from a trial of other-the-counter vaginal lubricants and vaginal moisturizers.  

Your dedicated OB/GYN at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility helps you find the right type of treatment for your symptoms and your lifestyle.  

How long will I need menopause management?

You may need to start menopause management during perimenopause if you’re experiencing symptoms. Perimenopause, which can last for years before menopause, can begin sometime in your mid-to-late 40s (sometimes sooner). 

You can incorporate nonhormonal menopause management solutions into your life for as long as you need. However, if you symptoms warrant hormone replacement therapy, the OB/GYNs at Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility generally recommend undergoing treatment for the shortest duration of time at the lowest dose to control your symptoms (generally no longer than five years). 

If you’re struggling with menopause symptoms, contact Lakeside Obstetrics, Gynecology & Fertility to get started on treatment. You can schedule an exam at either San Francisco office online or by phone.