Expert Care & Support for the Stages of Menopause
Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation. It represents a transition into a new phase in life, and can impact a woman’s health and well-being.
Board-certified gynecologists, certified nurse midwives and women’s behavioral health specialists at University Hospitals offer expert care, education and support for women throughout all stages of menopause, including:
- Perimenopause: The transitional period when estrogen and hormone levels begin to rapidly change and symptoms, such as hot flashes, begin to appear.
- Menopause: The time when menstruation and reproduction function stops.
- Post menopause: The stage after menopause when symptoms or issues may continue or new symptoms could occur.
Certified Menopause Experts
With training and credentialing through the North American Menopause Society, our certified menopause practitioners are experienced in managing menopause symptoms to ease women through this midlife transition.
For women experiencing issues such as loss of libido, vaginal dryness or pain during sex, we offer internationally recognized expertise in female sexual dysfunction, along with novel treatments and therapies, and access to clinical trials.
We have the experience and expertise to help women in every stage of menopause.
Multidisciplinary Approach to Menopausal Care
University Hospitals streamlines the process of exploring menopause symptoms and treatment options with our Menopause Clinic, one of only a handful of dedicated programs across the nation. The program offers a multidisciplinary approach to individualized menopause care, featuring:
- Treatment of symptoms, such as hot flashes, with hormonal and non-hormonal therapies
- Education and support groups
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Therapy for sexual and vulvovaginal concerns
Care During Every Stage of Menopause
During perimenopause, our team offers general health screenings, assistance with contraceptive selection and routine gynecologic examinations. In addition, we provide assistance with perimenopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness, perimenopause fatigue, mood changes and menstrual irregularities for women approaching menopause.
Symptoms of perimenopause may continue throughout menopause. Our team is here to help you through any symptoms or difficulties. We understand what you’re experiencing and can provide helpful solutions to improve your quality of life.
During menopause and post menopause, our specialists continue to provide gynecologic health screenings, help with hormone therapy and alternatives, assistance with sexual health concerns and bone density testing and treatment.
Menopause Treatments Improve Quality of Life
Our team takes a comprehensive approach to care. We work with you to discuss the effectiveness and appropriateness of individual therapies, and determine the best treatment plan for your unique needs and goals.
Treatments may include:
- Hormone treatment for menopause: Before prescribing hormonal treatment for severe hot flashes, we discuss risks and benefits with each patient. While hormonal therapy is not for some patients such as those with a history of breast cancer, local therapy such as vaginal estrogen is safe and effective for most women.
- Menopause medication: Many non-hormonal medications can help with hot flashes and night sweats – or other menopausal symptoms.
- Alternative treatments: We also offer cognitive behavioral therapy to retrain the body to think of hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia in a different way.
- Sexual and vulvovaginal therapies: While most postmenopausal women will have changes in the vagina and vulva at menopause, only 3 percent of women mention this to their healthcare provider. The majority of women will have vaginal dryness and changes in sexual activity. These are normal changes at menopause that can be managed.
Group Education to Better Understand Menopause
We know that the menopause experience often feels isolating and abnormal to many women. University Hospitals is changing that with the only Menopause Discussion Group in the region. At these collaborative, small group meetings led by our team of menopause experts, we discuss a range of topics, such as:
- Changes associated with menopause
- Hormonal and nonhormonal treatment for menopause
- Cancer fears
- Relationship issues
- Sexual function
- Health issues related to midlife transition
Learn More about Menopause Management at University Hospitals
If you or a loved one has questions about menopause management, the menopause experts at University Hospitals can help. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 440-720-3250.