Menopause

Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Fareesa Khan, MD

Urogynecologist located in St. Louis, MO & Farmington, MO

Menopause marks the official end of a woman’s fertility. In the United States, the average age of menopause is 51, but the process begins several years earlier with perimenopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Trust expert urogynecologist Fareesa G. Khan, MD, to help you navigate this change and manage any uncomfortable symptoms. Women in St. Louis can find her at the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to discuss menopause management.

Menopause Q & A

What defines menopause?

Menopause is diagnosed when you’ve gone a full year since your last period. Menopause is a natural result of aging but can happen earlier in life due to a hysterectomy or cancer treatment.

Menopause marks a point in time when your fertility ends, but perimenopause – the years leading up to menopause – is characterized by irregular periods and changes in hormone levels that cause some of the most unpleasant changes. Perimenopause begins, on average, about four years before the onset of menopause.

What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

Menopause and perimenopause have a number of well-known symptoms. These include:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep problems
  • Brain fog
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Changes in libido 
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Weight gain
  • Painful intercourse

During perimenopause and menopause, your estrogen levels change remarkably, causing these symptoms. However, you don’t have to suffer these symptoms as a side effect of aging. Relief is available at the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.

When should I seek a doctor’s care for menopause?

You benefit from medical support during both perimenopause and menopause. Dr. Khan helps you manage uncomfortable symptoms and deal with the increased risk of certain health problems, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and colon cancer, that comes with the progression through menopause.

What treatments are available to address menopause symptoms?

Dr. Khan uses MonaLisa Touch® laser vaginal therapy as a noninvasive way to address hormone issues such as vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and mild urinary incontinence. The laser treatments stimulate collagen production to enhance the strength and health of your vaginal tissue. Women who experience painful intercourse as they pass through menopause also benefit from MonaLisa Touch.

Hormone therapy also helps with menopause and perimenopause symptoms. Hormone therapy rebalances your hormones to resolve issues such as mood swings, diminished libido, sleep problems, hot flashes, and night sweats. Hormone therapy is administered orally, through injections, in a patch, or as a cream. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with menopause or perimenopause, call the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery or book an appointment online today to learn about your care options.