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Menopause Specialist

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Women's Health Choice

Francine A. Olds, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Virginia Beach, VA

Menopause is a natural process, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept uncomfortable symptoms as an inevitable part of growing older. At Women's Health Choice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Francine Olds, MD, offers comprehensive care to women navigating menopause. Schedule your one-on-one visit today online or over the phone.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the transition out of your reproductive years. The process technically begins one full year after you’ve had your last period, which usually occurs in a woman’s late 40s to mid-50s. However, many women encounter symptoms years before they stop menstruating, a period known as perimenopause. 

Women who have surgery to remove their ovaries will immediately go into menopause. The symptoms are similar, and treatment can help you as your body adjusts. 

How do I know if I am in menopause?

Every woman has a unique experience of menopause, and your journey will differ from that of friends and even close relatives. Some of the signs you are entering menopause include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irritability
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Depression
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Joint or muscle aches

Some women only experience a few mild symptoms. For others, the transition into menopause can be incredibly disruptive. 

For many women, menopause comes at a time when life is filled with obligations. Trying to balance work, the needs of adult children, caring for aging parents, and planning for retirement is difficult enough without feeling uncomfortable in your own skin. There is no need to live with uncomfortable symptoms when there are safe and effective treatments available.  

What are some treatments for menopause?

Many of the symptoms of menopause are brought on by decreasing estrogen production. The primary treatment is hormone replacement therapy. This is a process of administering synthetic hormones to supplement the hormones your body produces naturally. 

It can take a period of trial and error to find the right hormone replacement treatment plan. You should notice improvements within a few months of beginning therapy. 

There are other options that can treat specific issues like headaches, vaginal dryness, and depression. Lifestyle modifications can go a long way toward relieving symptoms. Taking steps like getting more exercise and improving your nutrition can yield impressive results. 

Dr. Olds works with you to find the right treatment path for your unique set of needs. That process begins with a phone call or a visit to the online booking page, so don’t delay.