Menopause

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Bradenton, FL

Menopause is a natural part of the aging process, but the symptoms this change of life causes can be difficult to live with. West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology in Bradenton, Florida, offers comprehensive medical management for women going through menopause to alleviate symptoms and improve health. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology

What is Menopause?

Medically, you are in menopause when you’ve gone 12 months without your period, marking the end of your fertility. Most women in the United States reach menopause in their 50s. However, you may start to experience the symptoms associated with menopause well before, referred to as perimenopause, sometime in your 40s.

You can’t stop menopause, but the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology can provide treatment to reduce the physical and emotional symptoms that accompany this life change so you can go back to enjoying the things you love to do.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

Menopause symptoms vary from woman to woman, both in severity and type. Your mother’s menopausal symptoms may provide some clues as to what you might expect.

Common symptoms you may experience include:

  • Irregularity in menstruation
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness


Fluctuations in your hormone levels, namely estrogen, cause these symptoms. Decreasing estrogen levels may also affect other elements of your health, including an increased risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, urinary incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.

What Can I Do to Relieve My Symptoms?

Treatment for menopausal symptoms depends on the severity and your personal health. As an advanced OB/GYN practice, the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology offers a number of treatment options to relieve your symptoms and improve health.

Common treatment options include:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Estrogen suppositories
  • Antidepressants
  • Gabapentin, an anti-seizure medication that reduces hot flashes
  • Clonidine, a medication for blood pressure that treats hot flashes


Many women have concerns about using hormone therapy for the management of menopausal symptoms due to potential health risk. However, the team at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology only recommends hormone treatment after a thorough review of your personal and family health history. The team also uses the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time to minimize your risk.

Due to the additional health risks that accompany menopause, the team also talks to you about making healthy food choices and the importance of regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of heart disease. The team may also recommend supplements to improve bone health.

For advanced treatment options to improve the symptoms menopause causes, call the women’s health experts at West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.

What we offer

Obstetric & Gynecological Services