Menopause — which occurs after full 12 months without a menstrual cycle — happens to all women, with the average age in the United States being 51. Some women experience menopause sooner, due to a hysterectomy or cancer treatment.
Regardless of when you experience menopause, you may have symptoms that disturb your quality of life. These symptoms can begin in your late 30s and 40s and continue for up to 10 years.
You know the symptoms of menopause all too well. They result due to the changes in progesterone and estrogen, your major sex hormones. You may have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, weight gain, and brain fog.
At the Firshein Center, we know how disruptive the “change of life” can be. We want to help women in New York City manage menopause so you still feel youthful, energetic, and strong, and we can approach treatment with a variety of natural therapies.
The symptoms of menopause are brought on by changes in hormone levels. Dr. Richard Firshein conducts a full metabolic assessment when you come in with complaints of menopause symptoms. This helps him determine if you’d benefit from hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy may be offered as pellets inserted under your skin to provide a constant, even dose all day long, or as creams or oral medications. Talk to Dr. Firshein about the version of the therapy that works best for your symptoms and lifestyle.
Dr. Firshein offers additional natural therapies to ease your menopausal symptoms. These complement hormone therapy or may be offered in lieu of it.
Nutritional support can help you manage menopause effectively. Dr. Firshein provides nutraceutical therapy — products such as amino acids and isolated nutrients derived from food. He also can offer supplements, such as vitamin B and calcium. Proper nutrition during menopause goes a long way in helping you manage your symptoms.
Good nutrition and eating habits are important for maintaining a healthy body weight during the transition of menopause. In addition, you need extra minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to support optimal function.
Dr. Firshein can help you understand how to make good choices at the store and when eating out. Avoid highly processed and fatty foods. Instead, focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meats, poultry, and fish. In addition, consuming more non-animal sources of protein, such as beans and nuts, can also benefit your health.
Dr. Firshein also draws from Eastern medicine traditions when helping you manage menopause. He helps you learn mindfulness and relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing practices. In addition, Firshein Center provides acupuncture, which can restore your energy channels to normal so symptoms ease.
Dr. Firshein can coach you on optimal lifestyle habits to support you during menopause. This includes maintaining good sleep hygiene, such as going to bed at the same time every evening and slumbering in a dark, quiet room.
Regular exercise is always important, but it’s particularly during menopause because osteoporosis looms as a greater risk. Weight-bearing activity, including walking, jogging, and strength training, helps you maintain bone mass. Plus, exercise can combat the unwanted weight gain that often accompanies hormonal change.
At the Firshein Center, we want to help you transition through menopause easily and comfortably, using natural approaches to managing symptoms. Call the office or request an appointment on this website to learn how Dr. Firshein can support you.