Menopause in Houston, TX
Starting between 40 and 50 years old, women experience the symptoms of menopause. The life stage brings about many physical and emotional changes that can be confusing for women. When self-management and working with a family physician isn’t helping, women in Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy, rely on the expertise of board-certified (gynecological) surgeon, Dr. Farhina Imtiaz of North Cypress Women’s Center.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a natural life stage that begins around age 50 for most women. For many years prior to menopause women may have changes in their hormone levels which can cause symptoms similar to menopause. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. Once a woman stops having periods for one year she is considered to be in menopause. Menopause is accompanied with a dramatic decline in hormone production. This drop in hormone levels causes the many physical and emotional effects of menopause.
Menopause Treatment Benefits
Women who are in perimenopause and menopause experience many symptoms listed below. The severity and range of symptoms varies among women. The most common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause are:
- Weight gain
- Loss of breast volume
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sex drive or libido
- Mental fog and loss of memory
- Problems sleeping
- Thinning hair
- Decreased metabolism
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Frequent and sudden changes in mood
- Irregular periods or absence of periods
- Dry skin
- Urinary urgency and frequent urinary tract infections
The goal of menopause treatment at North Cypress Women’s Center is to minimize the disruptive effects of menopause and to regulate the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Dr. Farhina Imtiaz specializes in hormone replacement therapy, and she works with you to find the right combination of natural bioidentical hormones and supplements that alleviate your symptoms and restore quality of life.
What Areas are Affected by Menopause?
Menopause brings with it both physical and emotional changes, such as:
- Decreased libido and vaginal dryness
- Increased risk for cardiovascular disease, urinary incontinence, and osteoporosis
- Weight gain – especially around the waistline
- Mood changes
- Mental fog and loss of memory
- Fatigue out of proportion with activity level
- Decreased exercise tolerance and loss of normal muscle tone
These conditions affect a woman’s self-esteem and confidence. The reduced self-image is exacerbated by the emotional impact of menopause-related hormonal changes.
How is Menopause Treated?
Certain medications and supplements are proven to effectively address the symptoms of menopause when treatment is managed by an experienced and qualified clinician. As a specialist in women’s health, Dr. Imtiaz recommends combination treatments that are customized to each woman. Your treatment may include one or more of the following:
Menopause Treatment Preparation
The best way to prepare for menopause treatment is to be patient with yourself. You should understand that your symptoms are outside your control. Make a list of changes that you have noticed both physically and emotionally, even if you believe the symptoms are not related to menopause. Bring the list to your consultation appointment.
Menopause Treatment Recovery
Finding the right combination of medications and supplements can take some time. Dr. Imtiaz may prescribe one medication, allow your body to adjust and then add another medication after a few months. By using this approach, she ensures that you do not experience unwanted side effects and that you are only using the minimum amount of medications and supplements.
How Much Does Menopause Treatment Cost in Houston?
Medical insurance should cover most of the medications and supplements that are recommended for menopause treatments. Natural bio-identical hormones are usually not covered by insurance, and you will be billed for these. After your consultation, our patient coordinator will review your treatment plan to determine what portion of the cost is your responsibility. We accept payment by cash, major credit card, and CareCredit® financing.
Is Menopause Treatment Right for Me?
If you are around 40 to 50 years of age and experiencing any of the symptoms associated with perimenopause or menopause, treatment can help you manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life. Treatment will also reduce your risk for developing serious complications.
Menopause can be managed when you entrust your care to Dr. Imtiaz. We recommend that you contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Imtiaz. She will perform a thorough physical examination and discuss your symptoms. If she determines that you are experiencing menopause, she will recommend a course of treatment.
Women in Houston and the surrounding areas of Texas, including Cypress, Sugarland, and Katy, can successfully manage their menopause symptoms with treatment at North Cypress Women’s Center. Our board-certified (gynecological) surgeon, Dr. Farhina Imtiaz, specializes in hormone replacement therapy and other proven methods for menopause treatment.