Menopause

Progressive Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Boardman, OH & Youngstown, OH

When mood swings, hot flashes, and changes in your sleep habits are interfering with a healthy, happy life, you may be approaching menopause. At Progressive Women’s Care in Boardman, Ohio, Joni Canby, DO offers comprehensive, compassionate care to alleviate the worst of your menopause-related symptoms. Dr. Canby’s practice is one of the only ones in the area to offer bioidentical hormone therapy. She is also skilled at using the Mona Lisa Touch laser technology to relieve menopausal vaginal dryness. Find out more about treating menopause symptoms by calling the office or using the online feature to book an appointment.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when menstrual periods stop for a consecutive 12-month period. Perimenopause is the months or years that lead up to menopause where you may experience a wide range of symptoms that relate to fluctuations in estrogen and other reproductive hormones.

Even after you reach your postmenopausal years, you may still experience menopause-related symptoms for several years that make you feel uncomfortable or unwell.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

During menopause and perimenopause, you can experience a wide range of symptoms that interfere with your life. These symptoms can include:

  • Heavy periods
  • Missed periods
  • Mood swings
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Changes in sleep patterns

As a result of hormonal changes, you may also experience vaginal atrophy, a thinning or inflammation of vaginal tissue that causes dryness, burning, and itching and can result in painful sex.

How is menopause diagnosed?

Dr. Canby can review your symptoms and medical history to determine if your issues relate to menopause.

To confirm you’re approaching menopause and rule out other medical conditions, Dr. Canby may request bloodwork to check your hormone levels.

What treatment is available for menopause symptoms?

To ease symptoms of menopause that interfere with your life, Dr. Canby can create a treatment plan based on your needs and your existing health.

Hormone replacement therapy, using synthetic hormones and birth control pills, may be an option for treating hot flashes and mood swings. This treatment may also address heavy bleeding during your menstrual periods.

Progressive Women’s Care is also one of the only practices in the area to offer bio-identical hormones to reduce menopause-related symptoms. This type of therapy uses hormones that are very similar to the hormones your body produces naturally, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

If you can’t tolerate hormone therapies, Dr. Canby can recommend non-hormonal options, including vaginal creams and the Mona Lisa Touch vaginal rejuvenation treatment. This laser technology can stimulate your body’s healing ability, producing new collagen that improves vaginal dryness and irritation and can alleviate pain during sex.

Don’t let menopause symptoms hold you back. Schedule a consultation today using the online booking feature or by calling Progressive Women’s Care today and learn more about the available services to relieve menopausal symptoms.