Ghassan N. Fanous, M.D.
Menopause is a period in a woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive years. If you are experiencing symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, or irregular periods, contact Ghassan Fanous, MD in Odessa, Texas. Dr. Fanous helps women navigate the menopausal years with ease to find relief and comfort in their bodies once again. To have a personalized consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she has gone 12 consecutive months without a period. It is this official mark that signals menopause, the point at which a woman is no longer able to get pregnant.
The menopause transition starts at different ages for all women, but most people begin menopause in their mid to late 40s. In some cases, you may have years or months of menopause symptoms before full-blown menopause, a period called perimenopause.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Symptoms of menopause will vary significantly from one woman to the next, and they depend on factors like your age, your hormone balance, your health, your genetics, and more. Some of the most common signs of menopause include:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Mood swings
- Decreased libido
- Hot flashes
- Weight fluctuations
- Vaginal dryness
As estrogen levels drop, some women also experience bone density loss, which may lead to fractures, weak bones, or a calcium deficiency.
How is menopause treated?
There are numerous treatment methods that Dr. Fanous can use to help you cope with the symptoms of menopause and manage your hormones. He may recommend:
- Medication: for prevention of bone loss and symptoms of hot flashes
- Lifestyle changes: diet and exercise recommendations to help support the menopausal transition
Dr. Fanous also offers MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy, which helps address common physical symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal dryness, irritation, pain, and discomfort during intercourse. This vaginal treatment can help to strengthen and repair tissue, increase lubrication, and help restore vaginal health as you age.
Some women find that the treatment not only relieves discomfort and pain, but it improves sexual sensations and pleasure.
What results can I expect with treatment?
Every woman’s journey through menopause is different, so Dr. Fanous collaborates with you to ensure an effective treatment plan. With the right care, you can minimize your menopause symptoms and enjoy energy, vitality, and good health during and after this transition.
To book a personalized consultation today, call the office or schedule online using the one-click appointment system.