Menopause

Amy Bruner, MD -  - Gynecologist

Amy Bruner, MD

Gynecologist located in Beaverton, OR

While some women sail through menopause with ease, others are plagued with life-altering side effects. Most women fall somewhere in between, requiring different levels of care to help them lead happy, healthy lives long after their reproductive years. To that end, Amy Bruner, MD, of Portland, Oregon, offers comprehensive menopause solutions that address sexual health and quality-of-life concerns. To explore your options in menopause solutions, call or request an appointment using the online scheduler.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the inevitable journey that every woman makes from her reproductive years to her post-reproductive years. Most women begin this transition in their mid to late 40s, during a period known as perimenopause. During this time, your ovaries begin to wind down egg production, which also means that your estrogen and progesterone levels drop at the same time.

Once you’ve no longer had your period for 12 months in a row, which typically happens in your early 50s, you’ve officially begun menopause.

While saying goodbye to your menstrual cycle can be a great relief, the drop in your reproductive hormone levels may bring on a host of equally, if not greater, quality-of-life issues.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman experiences menopause differently. The lucky ones pass through menopause smoothly with no serious side effects, while others struggle with symptoms, such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and painful sex
  • Incontinence
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes

 

The severity and duration of these symptoms vary from one woman to the next. The bottom line is that if you’re experiencing prolonged symptoms that are interfering with your life, you should make an appointment with Dr. Bruner to find relief.

What are the treatments for menopause?

It used to be that women suffered the side effects of menopause silently or symptoms were simply treated using techniques that masked the problem. Thanks to new technology and better science, Dr. Bruner is able to offer long-lasting solutions that restore your quality of life. These treatments include:

Hormone therapy

Since your menopause issues are largely created by the drop in your reproductive hormones, Dr. Bruner turns to hormone replacement therapy to offset the deficit.

MonaLisa Touch®

Dr. Bruner is pleased to offer this state-of-the-art laser system that addresses your sexual health, as well as issues with stress incontinence. The noninvasive MonaLisa Touch restores vaginal health by strengthening the soft tissue in your vagina, which helps with dryness and painful sex, as well as support for your bladder.

In addition to these protocols, Dr. Bruner recommends a holistic approach that includes lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise that go a long way toward maintaining your health during your post-reproductive years.

If your journey through menopause is rough, call Amy Bruner, MD, of Portland, Oregon, for help. Or fill out the online form to request an appointment.