Menopause Specialist

Fort Wayne Endocrinology

Endocrinologists & A Private Medical Practice located in Fort Wayne, IN

Every woman has a different experience during menopause, but up to 80% struggle with hot flashes and night sweats. At Fort Wayne Endocrinology, Ashok Kadambi, MD, Desiree Heim, NP-C, and Crystal Webb, NP-C, provide comprehensive care for menopause, including safe and effective bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The compassionate team understands the physical and emotional challenges women face during menopause and creates tailored treatment plans to help them live energetic, healthy lives. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

When does menopause begin?

Menopause begins when estrogen production drops to very low levels, and you stop having menstrual periods. However, your hormones start fluctuating in the years before menopause, a time called perimenopause.

Many women see changes in their menstrual periods during perimenopause. For example, your periods may get irregular, or you may skip periods. Then you reach menopause when you don't have periods for 12 consecutive months.

The timing of menopause differs for each woman. On average, menopause begins at the age of 52, but you can reach menopause any time after the age of 45. About 5% of women enter menopause before 45.

What symptoms occur during menopause?

The classic symptoms of menopause — hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings — can begin during perimenopause and last for many years after your periods stop. 

You may have mild symptoms that are easy to tolerate. Or you could have such severe symptoms that they disrupt your day and prevent you from sleeping.

These classic symptoms eventually disappear, but menopause causes other problems that won't go away without treatment.

Estrogen does more than regulate your reproductive system. It also impacts many other areas of your body, including your brain, bones, and skin. As a result, menopause often causes long-term problems such as:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Memory problems
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

In the years after women reach menopause, they also have a high risk of developing osteoporosis.

How are menopause symptoms treated?

You may be able to cope with hot flashes and night sweats by resorting to everyday solutions like dressing in layers, using a portable fan, and limiting foods and beverages that trigger hot flashes.

But if you have severe symptoms, struggle with problems like vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, or want to prevent chronic problems like osteoporosis, you have only one treatment option: You need to restore normal estrogen levels.

When it’s time to restore your hormonal balance, your provider at Fort Wayne Endocrinology prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. 

Bioidentical hormones are made from plants, and they have the same structure as the natural estrogen your body produces. These hormones are safe and fill the same functions as if your ovaries still produced plenty of estrogen.

Don't keep suffering from menopause symptoms. Call Fort Wayne Endocrinology or book an appointment online today.