Menopause Specialist

Capital Women's Care Rockville OBGYN

OBGYNs located in Rockville, MD

For some women, the passage through menopause into their post-reproductive years is uneventful, while for others it’s marked by debilitating symptoms that wreak havoc on their lives. If you fall more toward this second group, there’s much the team at Capital Women's Care Rockville OBGYN, including Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, and Tanya Ghatan, MD, and the rest of the team can do. If you’re in Rockville, Maryland, and you’re suffering through menopause, call the office or schedule an appointment online to get help.

Menopause Q&A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the inevitable journey that every woman makes as she transitions from her reproductive years into her post-reproductive years. Driving this transition is the decrease in estrogen production, the hormone made by your ovaries, which is primarily involved in reproduction.

Most women begin this transition during their late 40s in a period known as perimenopause. This stage is marked by increasingly irregular periods. Once you haven’t had a period for more than 12 months in a row, you’re considered to be through menopause, which usually happens in your early 50s (the average age is 51).

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The symptoms that can accompany menopause differ from one woman to the next, both in terms of variety of symptoms and duration. Some women experience very few, while others are plagued by side effects that can disrupt their lives for years.

The most common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Incontinence
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems

Again, the magnitude and duration of these side effects varies among women, but if your quality of life is suffering as a result of your menopausal symptoms, it’s a good idea to see your provider at Capital Women's Care Rockville OBGYN.

How is menopause treated?

Menopause is an unavoidable process for a woman’s body so there’s no “cure” for it. However, there’s a lot your doctor at Capital Women's Care Rockville OBGYN can do to help you better manage the side effects, including:

  • Hormone therapies
  • Topical estrogen for conditions like vaginal dryness
  • Antidepressants

While there’s no one magic bullet when it comes to menopause, changes in your lifestyle can go a long way toward making your life considerably better, including:

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Pelvic floor exercises (Kegels)
  • Regulating your sleep
  • Relaxation techniques

More often than not, your doctor recommends a combination of treatments in order to tackle your symptoms from every angle. Between medical intervention and lifestyle remedies, you can soften the blow that menopause sometimes deals. 

If menopause is creating an upheaval in your life, don’t suffer in silence. Call CCapital Women's Care Rockville OBGYN, or use the online scheduler, to find out how you can regain your quality of life.