Menopause Specialist

Myles Kobren, M.D. -  - OB/GYN

Myles Kobren, M.D.

OB/GYN located in Nassau County, Syosset, NY & Queens County, Whitestone, NY

Menopause is a natural biological process. But for women, the hormonal transition causes both physical and emotional symptoms. Myles Kobren, MD with offices in Syosset and Whitestone, New York, has guided thousands of women through the hormonal changes. If you need help managing the symptoms caused by menopause, call Dr. Kobren’s office today or book an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she has stopped menstruating and can no longer get pregnant. Clinically, menopause has begun when 12 months have passed since your last period. Menopause usually occurs between the age of 45 and 58.

Some women may go through menopause early. Causes of early menopause include:

  • Smoking
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Removal of ovaries
  • No pregnancies

What is menopausal transition?

The months and years leading up to menopause are referred to as menopausal transition, also sometimes referred to as perimenopause. Women usually start the transitional period in their mid to late 40s. The transition lasts about four years.  

What are the symptoms of menopausal transition?

Symptoms of menopausal transition include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Changes in mood
  • Difficulty sleeping

These symptoms are often equated with menopause, but they actually mark the transition to menopause. These symptoms occur due to the fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels.

How are menopausal transition symptoms managed?

Dr. Kobren can help you manage symptoms caused by the transition to menopause with low-dose birth control pills. These pills help decrease hormonal imbalances, improve the regularity of your periods, and relieve vaginal dryness.

Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants also work to improve vaginal dryness.

What can I expect after menopause?

You may no longer experience your period and the symptoms related to monthly menstruation, but you may continue to experience hot flashes once you’ve hit menopause. Hot flashes can last up to 14 years. Vaginal dryness may also continue during menopause.

If your menopause symptoms disrupt your quality of life, Dr. Kobren may recommend hormone replacement therapy, which is a synthetic replacement for progesterone and estrogen. These prescription medications are available in pill and patch form.

If hormone replacement therapy is necessary for you, Dr. Kobren will work with you to determine the best treatment and dose.

Other treatments used to manage symptoms include:

  • Antidepressants for mood changes and hot flashes
  • Hormonal vaginal cream to improve sexual intercourse
  • Over-the-counter vaginal lubricants and creams

Dr. Kobren has helped many women as they go through menopause. If you’re looking for relief from your symptoms, call the office today or book an appointment online and Dr. Kobren can develop a personalized treatment plan for you.