Menopause Specialist

Advanced Menstrual Care Center

Gynecologist located in Towson, MD

Menopause and its symptoms can be unpleasant and even embarrassing. Menopause can also hinder sexual intimacy and your relationship with your partner. If you suffer from vaginal dryness, hot flashes, urinary problems, or pain with intercourse, noninvasive treatment options are available at Advanced Menstrual Care Center in Towson, Maryland. Dr. Tucker uses MonaLisa Touch® for vaginal revitalization and other innovative treatments to restore your quality of life during and after menopause. Call Advanced Menstrual Care Center to learn more or use the online booking tool today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause occurs when a woman stops getting her menstrual period permanently, and perimenopause is the transitional period through menopause. You’ve reached menopause when you haven’t had a period in 12 months. This usually happens in your 40s or 50s, as the average age of menopause in the United States is 51.

Menopause can occur on its own naturally or as the result of surgical removal of both your ovaries.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The following symptoms are associated with perimenopause and menopause in women:

  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood changes
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Chills or night sweats
  • Thinning hair
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Urinary incontinence

During the years leading up to menopause, irregular periods are common. Changes in hormones, especially decrease in estrogen, are responsible for many menopausal symptoms.

Complications associated with menopause may include decreases in sexual sensation and function, osteoporosis, and a higher risk of heart and blood vessels diseases.

How are menopause symptoms treated?

The practitioners at Advanced Menstrual Care Center use the most advanced treatments to relieve menopause symptoms and maximize your quality of life. They might recommend one or more of the following:

MonaLisa Touch Laser

The MonaLisa Touch Laser is a vaginal revitalization treatment that uses CO2 laser energy to stimulate collagen production in vaginal tissue and restore its structure and function. The procedure is noninvasive with no pain and little to no downtime.  The MonaLisa Laser system provides the benefits of estrogen on vaginal and vulvar tissue without the risks or side effects.

Hormone therapy

Ask your practitioner if hormone therapy is right for you, as it helps replace lost estrogen to ease menopausal symptoms. Estrogen therapy is available in various forms. You might take a pill by mouth, use a patch, apply creams or gels to vaginal tissue, or use rings or suppositories to normalize hormone levels.  Estrogen is a hormone that has been associated with strokes, heart attacks, clotting disorders and breast cancer.  Most physicians avoid estrogen hormones in women with a history of breast cancer.

Lifestyle and alternative therapies

Your provider may also recommend healthy lifestyle changes or alternative therapies for menopause symptom relief. Examples include getting more sleep, using water-based lubricants, doing Kegel,s exercises, eating a nutritious diet, not smoking, getting regular exercise, and trying yoga, acupuncture, or dietary supplements (plant estrogens and black cohosh).

You don’t have to live with the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Schedule an appointment with the OB/GYN specialists at Advanced Menstrual Care Center by phone or online today.

We see patients in both Towson, MD and Baltimore, MD. Call now to book your appointment today.