Menopause Specialist

Richard Firshein, D.O. -  - Integrative Medicine

Firshein Center

Richard Firshein, D.O.

Integrative Medicine located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Though some women sail through menopause with nary a bump in the road, others are plagued by moderate-to-severe quality-of-life side effects. At the Firshein Center, Dr. Richard Firshein helps women on the Upper East Side of New York City navigate these tricky hormonal waters, helping them lead happy lives long into the future. To take the teeth out of menopause, call or set up an appointment by using the online scheduling tool.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

A woman’s health and wellbeing are largely governed by her reproductive health, which is made obvious as she journeys through hormonal changes throughout her life. During the final stage, you pass from your reproductive years to your non-reproductive years as your ovaries cease to produce eggs, effectively ending your ability to have children. Along with the cessation of eggs, your ovaries also wind down production of progesterone and estrogen, the two hormones responsible for your more “female” characteristics.

Most women start their journey through menopause in their late 40s and complete it in their early 50s (the average age is 51-52). Once you’ve no longer had your period for 12 months in a row, you’re considered to have transitioned through menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman is affected by the precipitous drop in estrogen and progesterone levels differently. Some women barely notice a difference while others are plagued by life-altering side effects. Most women fall somewhere in between and experience varying degrees of:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning tissue
  • Poor vaginal health (vaginal dryness)
  • Thinning hair
  • Sleep issues
  • Osteoporosis

When it comes to duration, here again, every woman is different, and you may experience only a few months of these symptoms, while others endure years of difficulties.

How is menopause treated?

Since menopause is brought on by a drop in your hormones, Dr. Firshein typically starts there when treating menopause. After a full metabolic assessment, he determines whether you may benefit from hormone replacement therapy.

In addition to hormone replacement therapy, the practice offers complementary treatments that draw from the best practices of Eastern and Western medicine, both of which are designed to restore your quality of life, including:

  • Nutraceutical therapy
  • Supplements
  • Mindfulness and relaxation techniques
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle recommendations

Dr. Firshein understands that every woman is unique, and he tailors a plan that addresses your specific menopause symptoms. With the belief that your life shouldn’t suffer as a result of a drop in your hormone levels, he works with you to maintain your active, healthy lifestyle, which includes your sex life.

There are many ways you can find relief from the effects of menopause if you seek the right help. To get started, call the Firshein Center, or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.