Menopause Specialist

Wilkens Mondesir, MD

OB-GYN located in Greenacres, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

Menopause is a time of transition in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years and the beginning of new horizons. For some, menopause presents challenges associated with changing hormonal levels. Dr. Wilkens Mondesir offers comprehensive care for women going through menopause and can help you move through this process with relative ease. If you live in the Greenacres, Florida are and are nearing or entering menopause, schedule an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What happens during menopause?

When you are born, your ovaries contain all of the eggs that you will have for the duration of your life. As you go through your normal ovulation cycle, one or more eggs are released every month.

When your ovaries no longer release eggs, they also stop producing estrogen and progesterone. Those changes trigger the end of your menstrual cycle and the beginning of menopause.

Perimenopause

This is the earliest stage of menopause when hormone production slows, and eggs may be released at unpredictable times.

Menopause

This is the stage when you have not had a period for a full year. Your ovaries no longer release eggs, and estrogen production is meager. That's when menopause symptoms are at their peak.

Postmenopause

This stage marks the end of most menopause symptoms, where the body produces very little estrogen.

What are some symptoms of menopause?

Every woman will experience menopause differently. Most will go through a combination of symptoms that may become more or less pronounced over time.

Some common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Joint pain

What are the treatment options for menopause?

Menopause treatment focuses on improving symptoms. The most common treatment path involves hormone replacement therapy, commonly known as HRT.

Dr. Mondesir can prescribe a supplement that contains a blend of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are sometimes delivered by way of oral medication, or through topical applications using a path or gel.

Researchers have noted an increase in certain conditions for women who pursue HRT. To decide if hormone replacement therapy is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mondesir to discuss the full scope of your current health and the available treatment options.

Some women find relief through alternative treatments, including dietary changes, calcium supplements, and even herbal remedies. Be sure to discuss any of these efforts with your doctor to ensure that your self-care approach is in line with other treatment paths.

While menopause can cause some challenging symptoms, this is also an exciting time of transition in your life. For many women, menopause occurs when their children are grown, career demands have lessened, and there’s more time to devote to the things you love.