Menopause Specialist

Patricia Nevils, M.D. -  - OBGYN

Vibrant Woman Health Center

Patricia Nevils, M.D.

OBGYN located in Lafayette, LA

Menopause is an inevitable part of aging and you shouldn’t have to navigate this major change on your own. At Vibrant Woman Health Center, OB/GYN Patricia Nevils, MD, provides women in Lafayette, Louisiana, with compassionate, expert support to address the symptoms and health changes that occur with this stage of life. If you’re in perimenopause or menopause, call the office or book online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

For menopause to be diagnosed, you should have been period-free for 12 straight months. With menopause, you start producing lower levels of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. Prior to that, you’re transitioning to menopause (perimenopause) and may experience many of the well-known symptoms that accompany the change in hormone status.

When does menopause occur?

The average age of menopause in the United States is 52, but you may have symptoms from the changes in your hormones beginning in your 40s. Women who have a hysterectomy or who have undergone cancer treatment may experience menopause earlier.

What symptoms are associated with menopause?

The symptoms of menopause actually occur with perimenopause, which occurs about four years prior to the onset of actual menopause. Some women may have longer or shorter perimenopausal periods.  These symptoms include:

  • Thinning, dry vaginal tissue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Painful intercourse and changes in libido
  • Moodiness and cognitive troubles
  • Irregular uterine bleeding

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and they’re seriously interfering with your quality of life, Dr. Nevils may be able to help. Call the office to find out more and have your menopause managed effectively.

What health concerns change once a woman has passed through menopause?

Once you’ve gone through menopause, the decrease in female sex hormones can affect your health status. You’re at a higher risk for heart disease and osteoporosis after menopause. Plus, you may face urinary incontinence, weight gain, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Nevils can help you manage your health so you avoid these perils and live your best life.

How is menopause treated?

Menopause is not an illness to be treated. It’s a completely natural stage of life. Dr. Nevils can help you manage your health during this stage and decrease the severity of symptoms.

Lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and regular physical activity can make menopause symptoms more tolerable. Plus, these lifestyle changes put you at lower risk of the health challenges that occur in postmenopause, such as low bone density and heart disease.

Dr. Nevils may also recommend natural hormone replacement therapy to boost your hormone levels and minimize perimenopause symptoms. She tests your hormone levels and customizes doses of hormones, including estrogen, that are inserted as pellets just under your skin. These pellets release a low dose of hormone levels consistently throughout the day to keep you feeling more like yourself again.

Dr. Nevins may also offer progesterone to help ease your menopause symptoms, reduce irregular bleeding, and lessen uterine cancer risks.

If you’re heading toward menopause, it’s more important than ever to get the right care and management of your health. Call the office or schedule online.