Menopause Specialist

Coleman Primary Care -  - Primary Care

Coleman Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Sterling, VA

Menopause may be inevitable, but putting up with the unpleasant and distressing symptoms it sometimes causes doesn’t have to be. If you’re struggling with menopause, visit Linda Coleman, MD, and her team at Coleman Primary Care in Sterling, Virginia. They offer effective treatments and beneficial therapies for a range of menopausal problems, designing a personalized care plan for every patient. Call Coleman Primary Care or book an appointment online today to get started.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a process women go through in their 40s and 50s, when their reproductive capability comes to an end.

As you get older, your body naturally produces less of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormones regulate ovulation and your monthly cycle, and by your late 30s or early 40s, they’ll be steadily decreasing to a point where you begin to notice changes.

This time is called perimenopause, and you might first become aware of it when your periods start to become irregular. They may become more frequent, then start missing a month here and there, and eventually stop altogether. After a year of not having any periods, you’re in menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Your experience of menopause and the symptoms you have during this time can vary enormously. You may have few or many symptoms, and they may be mild or severe. Some symptoms might improve over time, while others get worse. The types of symptoms you may experience include:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Problems sleeping

The team at Coleman Primary Care has a great deal of experience helping women through menopause, and can create a personalized treatment plan that deals effectively and sensitively with your unique set of symptoms.

How are menopausal symptoms treated?

Menopause is a natural part of life for women, so there’s nothing you can do to avoid going through it. However, you can make the experience far more comfortable and less of a burden with help from the team at Coleman Primary Care.

Taking care of your health and well-being is an essential aspect of going through menopause. If you’re overweight, are a smoker or heavy drinker, or have a substance abuse problem, these can all have a negative influence on your health and your ability to cope with menopause.

The team at Coleman Primary Care can support you in making changes that have a significant impact on your well-being and ensure your menopausal years go as smoothly as possible. They can help with:

  • Medically supervised weight loss
  • Smoking cessation
  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise programs
  • Stress reduction

Bioedentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective treatment for some of the side effects of menopause that many women find is a real help. You need to be a suitable candidate to take BHRT, which you can discuss with the team at Coleman Primary Care.

There are also medications containing estrogen that you can use if vaginal atrophy is a particular problem. If you can’t or don’t want to use hormones, the team also provides cutting-edge vaginal rejuvenation using ThermiVa® radiofrequency technology.

To find out how to minimize the effect of menopause on your life, call Coleman Primary Care or book an appointment online today.