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Many Women Don’t Talk To Their Doctors About Menopause—But They Should!

While menopause can have a significant impact on a woman’s physical, mental, and sexual health, one third of women never discuss these health concerns with their doctors, according to a recent survey. The WebMD/ Healthy Women-sponsored survey also found that about 75 percent of perimenopausal and menopausal women are experiencing six or more menopause-related symptoms. The most prevalent of these reported symptoms were:

  • Heavy or extended menstrual bleeding
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular periods
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary urgency
  • Brain fog

Concerns about mental health symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and poor body image, were also cited by about 25 percent of menopausal women, while sexual health symptoms were deemed concerning by about 30 percent. Additionally, about 60 percent of menopausal and postmenopausal women described their sexual libido as low or very low as a result of menopause-related symptoms.

There is no valid reason to reject medical care for Menopause

Although menopause and its symptoms are a natural phase of life, this shouldn’t serve as a reason to ignore its health impacts and reject potential medical help that could alleviate the symptoms. This is especially true with regard to women who have to contend with multiple symptoms at once. In short, why needlessly suffer discomfort and other problems relating to menopause when your doctor may be able to reduce the severity of symptoms and otherwise maintain and even enhance overall health during this life change?

Consider a Holistic approach to address Menopause

Women confronting menopause in the Naples, Florida area can find symptom relief through a holistic approach that addresses a woman’s total health rather than just specific symptoms and conditions. Internal medicine specialist Dr. Diane Brzezinski offers such an approach at her Naples-based practice. Dr. B is intimately familiar with all aspects of menopause and the physiological and psychological impacts it can have on women. Dr. B treats the whole patient rather than the symptoms, and uses education and healthy living practices in conjunction with traditional treatment remedies to holistically address menopause by how it is specifically affecting the patient.   

The Holistic approach may include Hormone Therapy

With the mid-life decrease in estrogen causing many of the menopause-related symptoms, Dr. B may suggest estrogen replacement via hormone pellet therapy as part of her holistic approach. Hormone pellet therapy releases all-natural bio-identical estrogen and testosterone into the patient’s body to balance normal hormone levels only as needed. The sustained, only-as-needed hormone release offered by pellet therapy ensures continuous hormonal balance that cannot be achieved by traditional oral and transdermal hormone treatments.  

Hormone pellet therapy benefits reported by Dr. B’s patients include:

  • Restored sleep patterns
  • Bone density maintenance
  • Improvements in sex drive and sexual performance
  • Relief from depression, anxiety, mood swings, and irritability
  • Easing of mood swings
  • Enhanced energy and mental clarity
  • Increase in muscle strength

If you’ve been reluctant to talk to your doctor about menopause-related issues, consider a consultation with Dr. B to learn more about her holistic approach to address menopause issues and to see if hormone pellet therapy might be a suitable option for you. Dr. B draws not only from her extensive training and experience as a medical practitioner, but also from her own experience with menopause symptoms—which were not alleviated by traditional synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy made a huge difference in Dr. B’s life, and she is determined to help others find relief from their menopause symptoms as well.

You can contact Dr. B’s Naples-based Internal Medicine practice today through our easy online form, or by calling (239) 261-9990.