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Menopause Specialist

Ricarda Benz, MD

Gynecologist & Laser Aesthetic Specialist located in Fullerton, CA

Menopause brings major changes to a woman's life, but those changes don't have to be negative. Symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, and low libido can often be addressed with hormone replacement using biocompatible hormones. Dr. Ricarda Benz, at her practice in Fullerton, California, is a gynecologist and laser aesthetic specialist who helps her menopausal patients feel healthy and happy again. Call the office, or schedule your appointment with our convenient online booking tool.

Menopause Q & A

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the transition period leading up to menopause. The perimenopause period typically lasts four to eight years, but it can be longer or shorter for some women. It usually begins in a woman's 40s, but can begin in the 30s for some women. During perimenopause, the estrogen and progesterone levels produced in the ovaries start to change. Periods become erratic but don't cease completely during perimenopause.

When does perimenopause end?

Perimenopause ends when a woman hasn't had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. At this point, menopause has officially started. Menopause usually starts in the early 50s, and the average age for onset of menopause in the United States is 51.

What are the indicators that you are entering menopause?

During perimenopause and full menopause, many women start to experience the following symptoms.

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Breast tenderness
  • Reduced libido
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Erratic periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

Most women experience at least a few of these signs at the same time, but symptoms often come and go.

How can you get relief for the symptoms of menopause?

There are several treatment options for women who are going through menopause. These can include:

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes like eating healthier, getting more exercise, wearing lighter, layered clothes, and keeping a strictly-enforced sleep schedule may be helpful for many women. When these changes are combined with other treatments, symptom relief can be significant.

Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy can be done in several ways. Options include oral hormones taken daily, injected hormones, and topical hormone creams. Dr. Benz has found that bioidentical hormones -- those closest to the body's own natural hormones -- have an excellent success rate for many of her patients.

Laser therapy with the MonaLisa Touch®

The MonaLisa Touch laser can relieve many of the symptoms connected with menopause. It's often used to alleviate vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, vaginal laxity, and pain during intercourse. MonaLisa Touch laser therapy is done on an outpatient basis and requires no downtime.

Dr. Benz is glad to work with you to design the best solution for your menopausal symptoms. Menopause doesn't have to be a miserable time. It's definitely an adjustment, but it can be as uncomplicated and painless as possible with Dr. Benz's help.

*Individual results may vary.