Menopause Specialist

Central Oregon OB/GYN

OBGYNs located in Bend, OR

Nearly one-quarter of menopausal women say physical symptoms significantly affect their daily lives, but you don’t have to resign yourself to these unwanted emotional and physical effects. Central Oregon OB/GYN physicians John Murphy, MD, FACOG and Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG can help you feel more like yourself with safe and effective hormonal and non-hormonal treatments for menopausal symptoms. Call to learn more about modern menopause treatment today.

Menopause Q&A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time when a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. She stops getting her period and can no longer become pregnant.

Women don’t experience “the change” overnight. Perimenopause begins a few years before menopause. During perimenopause, a woman’s period becomes irregular. It may be lighter or heavier than usual and come more or less frequently.

Perimenopause lasts several years for many women. Because your menstrual cycle is unpredictable during perimenopause, it’s important to take extra precautions if you don’t want to become pregnant.

After you stop having your period for a year, you’ve officially reached menopause. Fifty is the average age for menopause, but it can happen anytime between ages 40 - 58.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

As specific hormones levels drop during menopause, women experience many physical and emotional changes, including:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss in bone density
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble focusing
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness

How are menopause symptoms treated?

At Central Oregon OB/GYN, Dr. Murphy and Dr. LeGrand don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for women living with menopause. They consider your age, symptoms, lifestyle, and overall health before recommending the following treatments:

Hormone therapy

If menopause changes severely impact your life, you may consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Hormone therapy replaces the estrogen and progesterone that drops during menopause to reduce emotional and physical symptoms.

Hormone therapy is available in pills, patches, and other forms, and you may continue to have periods during HRT.

Non-hormonal treatment

Some women are unable to take hormones because of existing health issues. Prescription medication, dietary modifications, natural stress relief techniques, and products to improve vaginal comfort are safe and effective options.

For many women, hormonal and non-hormonal treatments also help reduce the emotional and physical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Birth control pills regulate the menstrual cycle to ease mood changes, and prescription antidepressants can help with fatigue, sadness, and sleep problems.

In this country, the average lifespan is around 84, meaning most women spend approximately 40% of their lives in menopause. You can choose how you want to feel during menopause. You can put up with unpleasant symptoms or take steps to combat them and feel wonderful.

Call to schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN knowledgeable about all menopause treatments today.