Menopause

Trinity Women's Health

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Murrieta, CA

Hot flashes, insomnia, and night sweats are all uncomfortable symptoms that may occur when you enter menopause, a new and exciting stage of your life. The all-female OB/GYN team at Trinity Women’s Health in Murrieta, California help you manage symptoms and adjust to the changes of menopause with supportive therapies. Contact Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, or Dr. Nerissa C. Safie today by phone or the online booking form.

Menopause Q & A

Trinity Women's Health

What is menopause?

Menopause marks the end of your fertility and the end of your menstrual cycle. It officially begins after you’ve gone 12 months in a row without having a period.

Menopause is preceded by a stage called perimenopause, during which you may experience irregular or spotty periods. You can also begin having the classic symptoms of menopause during the perimenopausal stage.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause is a natural stage of your life, and you may not have any symptoms at all. However, the hormonal fluctuations that accompany menopause may cause symptoms, such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Disinterest in sex
  • Painful sex
  • Incontinence
  • Irritability or anxiety

Why am I in menopause?

Your monthly menstrual cycle is triggered when your ovaries release estrogen. As you age, your levels of hormones such as estrogen and progestin decline. Without the signals that estrogen sends, your periods gradually stop.

Can I get pregnant if I’m in menopause?

During the perimenopausal period, your periods are erratic, and it may be difficult to become pregnant. However, it is possible. You should continue to use protection if you don’t want to have children.

After you’ve gone 12 months without a period and are officially menopausal, you are not able to become pregnant. However, your Trinity OB/GYN specialist should verify that you are postmenopausal before you discontinue birth control.

How do OB/GYN doctors treat menopause?

If you are suffering symptoms resulting from the hormonal fluctuations of menopause, Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie can recommend numerous solutions. Some options may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — pills or patches that replace decreased estrogen, progesterone and progestin
  • Vaginal estrogen — topical cream to alleviate dryness and painful sex
  • Gabapentin or clonidine — control night sweats and hot flashes
  • Antidepressants — alleviate moodiness and depression
  • Vitamin D and calcium — maintain bone density

Hormone replacement therapy may not be an option for you if you have specific health risks, including heart or liver disease. Your Trinity OB/GYN lets you know if you’re a good candidate for HRT.

If you’d like to explore your options for alleviating the symptoms associated with menopause, contact the all-female team at Trinity Women’s Health. You can reach Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie by phone or online booking form.