Reaching the menopause milestone in life is marked with many different emotions and obstacles to overcome. Here at Southern Women's Specialists, our gynecologists have over 40 years combined experience treating every aspect of the process.

If you are going through menopause, click the link below to schedule your consult today and see how we can make the process much more pleasant for you


Menopause brings many changes to your life, but those changes don't have to be harmful or negative if you have the right care. It's possible to minimize unpleasant symptoms and maximize your well being with the help of the team at Southern Women's Health Gynecology and Urogynecology in Fairhope, Alabama. You can put problems like hot flashes and night sweats behind you and regulate your hormones now. Call, or book your appointment online and get your life back with the help of the expert providers.

When does menopause start?

It's different for each woman, but most women start having symptoms of menopause in their late 40’s or early 50’s. The initial stage of menopause, perimenopause, is the time when a woman starts showing some menopausal symptoms but still has at least sporadic menstrual periods.

Perimenopause can last anywhere from a few months to 3-4 years. Full menopause occurs when the ovaries are no longer producing eggs and a woman hasn't had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months in the absence of health problems affecting menstruation.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

There are several menopause symptoms. Most women experience some or all of the following:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Occasional racing heart
  • Irritability
  • Erratic mood
  • Decrease in libido or loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sore breasts

While these symptoms are very unpleasant, there are effective treatment tools available today. Southern Women's Specialists Gynecology and Urogynecology is ready to create a customized menopause management plan for you. The doctors understand that menopause can be a challenging time in a woman's life, and she's here to help make the transition as easy as possible.

What are the options in menopause treatment?

Medical support can make this period of your life much more comfortable and enjoyable. Your doctor can recommend lifestyle adjustments that may help alleviate menopause symptoms.

You can also opt for hormone therapy. This option requires the use of either a standard oral hormone replacement regimen, or bioidentical hormone replacements in the form of injectable pellets.

An oral hormone replacement regimen or bioidentical hormone replacements replace the hormones that are severely depleted in the body. This can relieve most menopause symptoms and can help you feel like yourself again.

You'll usually continue hormone replacement for anywhere from a few months to several years. The team will periodically evaluate your situation to determine whether your hormone levels have balanced enough to no longer require hormone replacement.

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