Menopause Specialist

Steve Yu, MD

OBGYN located in Gaithersburg, MD

Hot flashes may be the butt of aging jokes, but there is nothing funny about annoying symptoms of menopause. Steve Yu, MD, is a board-certified doctor that can help you navigate and mitigate your menopause symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Yu at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, office. Call today or book online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural condition that signals an end to a woman’s reproductive years. The age when menopause occurs varies from woman to woman, although it is considered normal for women over 40 to experience menopause. Menopause usually happens in stages, when the production and release of eggs in the ovaries slow down and ultimately stops. The production and release of eggs for fertilization are connected to the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Once the ovaries stop producing the hormones that begin the chain reaction, the release of the eggs and menstruation also stops.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Hot flashes are probably the most common symptom associated with menopause. Menopause symptoms vary from woman to woman and not all women experience every symptom.

In addition to hot flashes, menopause symptoms can include:

  • Irregular, missed or an absence of menstrual periods
  • Joint pains and muscle aches
  • Chills or night sweats
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Bladder incontinence
  • Problems sleeping
  • Shifts in mood
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Racing heart
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair

Although menopause does not require medical intervention or treatment, if your symptoms are severe, make an appointment with Dr. Yu to discuss treatment options. He can recommend medications to help relieve your symptoms to get you back to feeling like yourself again.

What is uterine prolapse?

Uterine prolapse is a condition that happens when muscles supporting the uterus weaken, causing the uterus to slip out of its usual position and instead sag into the vagina, or birth canal. During menopause, the risk factors for uterine prolapse increase as estrogen levels decrease. Normally, estrogen helps your body produce a protein called collagen that allows tissues in the pelvis to stretch back and forth. During menopause, less collagen makes it more likely that those supportive tissues will weaken or tear, preventing them from properly supporting the uterus.

If you are menopausal and are experiencing pelvic pain, painful sexual intercourse or problems urinating or moving your bowels, you may be suffering from uterine prolapse.

If you are suffering from symptoms of menopause and want to learn more about relieving your symptoms, contact Dr. Yu at his Gaithersburg, Maryland, office. Book your appointment online or call today.