Menopause – Symptoms & Coping Techniques

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Menopause is different for every woman. Some experience uncomfortable symptoms while others have few discomforts.

Here are some helpful tips on coping with menopausal symptoms:

Hot Flashes:
Common triggers include stress, alchohol, spicy foods, caffeine, cigarette smoke & heat. Daily exercise can help, walking, swimming, dancing & bicycling are all good choices. Deep slow abdominal breathing (6-9 per minute) is also helpful.

Insomnia:
Keeping rooms cool at night will help prevent night sweats. Avoid sleeping pills if possible, a warm shower at bedtime and eating milk products during the night can help.

The Dreaded Mood Swings, fears & Depression:
Practicing self-calming skills such as yoga, meditation or slow, deep breathing. Find a creative outlet that fosters a sense of achievement

Painful Intercourse:
Vaginal water-based moisturizing lotions or lubricants can help during intercourse. Have you heard about the FDA Approved ‘Mona Lisa Touch‘ Laser For Vaginal Dryness Caused By Vaginal Atrophy? Talk to your Doctor and see if this is the right choice for you.

Osteoporosis:

Calcium can slow bone loss and may decrease fractures. Consume 1,500 milligrams of calcium a day. Good sources of calcium are calcium supplements such as Tums; fruit juices and breads; low-fat dairy products; green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach greens; almonds; and soy milk.Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and stimulates bone formation. Consume 800 to 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3 a day to up to 2,000 IU daily.Eat foods low in sodium, low in animal protein and low in caffeine.  Bone mass is built before menopause as a result of exercise, diet and genetics. Exercises that increase bone mass make the muscles work against gravity. Walking and muscle-building exercises may reduce bone loss and fractures and improve balance.

Heart Disease:

Eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, including soy food can help. Limit your salt intake, cholesterol and fat, especially animal fat.  Maintain a healthy weight, follow your healthcare providers instructions for controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol.

For more information, Visit Dr. Margie Corney

Endometrial Ablation – Stop the Heavy Periods – For Good!

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For many women, the thought of another heavy flow menstrual cycle can drag you down. How many times do you think, “Why can’t there just be a switch to turn off the faucet?” Well, there can be that very thing.

Novasure or endometrial ablation is a procedure that is done in the office. This is really a simple procedure that has relatively few side effects or complications.  With endometrial ablation, we are treating the symptom of heavy bleeding with a procedure that will obtain over 50% amenorrhea. That simplky means NO MORE PERIODS.

It usually takes years and years of hormone imbalance, fibroids, endometriosis or adenomyosis, or a myriad of other conditions that leads to this heavy bleeding. In this case, there is NOTHING that we can do that will make the problem go away except for hormone therapy, such as high dose birth control pills, or surgical evaluation.

Years ago, this would have treated with a hysterectomy. Back in the day, this would have been a 3 day stay at the hospital, 6 weeks or more off from surgery, and a long painful recovery. Thank the good Lord, we now have the technology that has revolutionized women’s health. We can actually do a procedure that will remove the lining of the uterus in a very minimal fashion. The procedure, either one, will take less than 10 minutes. The good news, it can be done in the office OR at the hospital!

So, if you or someone you love, has a problem of disruptive or heavy menstrual cycles, you have options. You can either see your gynecologist about this OR, better yet, you can schedule your appointment with Dr. Corney and we can discuss your personal situation and the options that are available to you.