Menopause Specialist

Damon Cobb Ob/Gyn

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Poway, CA

Menopause is often called the “change of life,” but many women see this transition in a negative light. Menopause doesn’t need to equal misery, though. At Damon Cobb OB/GYN in Poway, California, the dedicated and compassionate staff aim to make this phase as comfortable as possible. For help dealing with the side effects of menopause, call the office or use the online scheduler to make your appointment today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the end of menstruation and fertility. While menopause is a normal and natural transition, it can be an uncomfortable and frustrating time for many women. But, menopause doesn't have to be a time of suffering if you work with an experienced physician at Damon Cobb OB/GYN. Menopause symptoms are very manageable, so don't despair.

What are the signs that I'm starting menopause?

At some point in your 40s or 50s (and possibly in your 30s), you may start noticing the following signs of perimenopause, the transition into menopause:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes and chills
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal tissue shrinkage
  • Painful intercourse
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Hair loss

Everyone experiences perimenopause symptoms differently, so you may have just a few symptoms or no major discomfort at all.

When am I officially through menopause?

If you haven't had your period for 12 consecutive months, and there's no other cause for it (for example, medication that stops your periods), you're medically considered menopausal. The average age for women in North America to reach menopause is 51.

How can I manage my menopause symptoms?

Menopause management is very individual. Not everyone suffers from symptoms serious enough to need help, but if you're dealing with symptoms that disrupt your life, it makes sense to take advantage of the excellent treatments available today. One of the menopause specialists at Damon Cobb OB/GYN can suggest a symptom management plan just for you.

Many women benefit from one or more of the following:

  • Antidepressant medications: for mood-related menopause symptoms
  • Hormone replacement therapy: for all menopause symptoms
  • Vaginal estrogen: for symptoms like dryness and tissue atrophy
  • Brisdelle®: FDA-approved medication for hot flashes and night sweats
  • Osphena®: FDA-approved medication for painful intercourse due to menopausal changes

Your doctor might also recommend lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthier diet and exercising more. With the right symptom management plan in effect, you can expect a major reduction in symptoms.

Need to confirm that you’re entering menopause, or looking for symptom relief? Damon Cobb OB/GYN is ready to help. Book online or by phone today.