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Menopause Specialists

East Bay Women's Health

OB-GYNs located in Oakland, CA

Menopause can cause symptoms that range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely frustrating. East Bay Women’s Health Center can offer treatment for menopause symptoms to women in Oakland and Alameda, California, and the surrounding areas.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the natural decline in the reproductive hormones a woman produces and marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle. It usually occurs around ages of 45 to 55 and is defined as no menstrual period for 12 months. Menopause is a natural process in a woman’s cycle and most women remain healthy, vital, and sexual regardless of the change. Some women can experience symptoms associated with menopause that can be disruptive for day-to-day activities.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

In the months or years leading into menopause, and during menopause itself, it is common for some signs and symptoms to be prevalent. These symptoms can include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism

It is common to experience irregularity in menstrual periods, such as lighter or shorter periods or skipping them altogether. Often, menstrual periods will occur every two to four months during perimenopause, especially one to two years before menopause. If any of the symptoms are persistent enough to trouble a patient, or interfere with quality of life, they should not hesitate to seek treatment.

What treatments are available?

Many effective treatments are available. When lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough to calm symptoms, medical professionals can aid in easing the symptoms. Generally, treatments will focus on relieving the signs and symptoms of menopause and preventing or managing any chronic conditions that may occur with aging. East Bay Women’s Health Center is proud to offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Some of the other treatment options include topical lubricants or estrogens for vaginal dryness; medications aimed at reducing the severity and frequency of hot flashes; low-dose antidepressants that may decrease menopausal hot flashes or for women who need an antidepressant for a mood disorder. Depending on individual needs, medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis can also be prescribed.

Insurance Providers

Our offices accept many commercial insurance plans. Please contact us for questions about insurance.

Aetna / US Healthcare - non HMO
Blue Cross
Blue Shield of California
Hill Physicians Medical Group
Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Student Resources