Menopause Specialist

Jennifer C. Brooks, M.D.

Gynecologist located in Fort Worth, TX

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept troublesome symptoms as an inevitable part of growing older. Women in Fort Worth, Texas, have a valuable resource in Jennifer C. Brooks, MD, an OB/GYN who specializes in assisting women through this time of transition. Don’t let menopause symptoms affect your daily quality of life. Call or visit the website to book your personalized consultation today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a transition that every woman goes through as she moves beyond her childbearing years and toward a new phase of life. The process usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55, although some women begin to experience symptoms years earlier. Certain medical issues, including hysterectomy, trigger early menopause.

Once you’ve gone more than a full year without having your period, you are considered to be in menopause. Some women have virtually no unpleasant symptoms, while for others, menopause is a challenging experience.

The good news is that symptoms usually only last around five years and fade as you move beyond menopause. That’s of little comfort, however, when symptoms are at their worst, and you feel as though you have no control over your own body.  

 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

No two women share the exact same experience of menopause. Your symptoms might include a combination of:

 

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Sudden heart racing
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Change in libido
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Bladder control problems

 

There is no need to live with uncomfortable or disruptive symptoms when there are safe and effective treatments that can help.

 

How is menopause treated?

One of the primary means of treating menopause is through hormonal supplementation. Dr. Brooks works closely with you to ensure you’re getting enough supplemental estrogen and progestin to control symptoms while avoiding serious health risks.

Hormone therapy isn’t the right fit for every woman. Other treatments can be used instead of or in conjunction with hormone therapy to ease symptoms. Options include:

 

  • Low-dose antidepressants to balance mood and improve hot flashes
  • Anti-seizure medication to reduce nighttime hot flashes
  • Medications to prevent or improve osteoporosis
  • Nonsurgical Votiva treatments for vaginal symptoms
  • Lifestyle modifications to soothe symptoms, improve sleep, and enhance overall health

 

There are even alternative medicine therapies that soothe symptoms and help you feel more balanced during menopause. Dr. Brooks is happy to create a customized treatment plan that works for your specific needs, and that can shift and grow as those needs change.

The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. Dr. Brooks works in partnership with the women in her care to ease this time of transition, giving you the chance to focus on all that’s ahead of you as you move into a new phase of life. Book an appointment online or by phone to get started.