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Menopause Specialist

Warner Wellness Institute

Christopher A. Warner, MD, FACOG

Board Certified OBGYN & Cosmetic Gynecologist located in Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

While there isn’t anything you can do to prevent menopause, you can certainly take several steps to resolve those unbearable side effects, including hot flashes. Christopher A. Warner, MD, and his specialized team at Warner Wellness Institute offer comprehensive menopause evaluation and treatment services. To get started on your menopause therapy right away, schedule an evaluation with the online booking tool or over the phone.

Menopause Q & A

When does menopause occur?

Menopause is that time in your life when your monthly menstrual cycles come to an end and you can no longer have children. Usually, this stage of life occurs around age 50, although you can certainly begin to go through menopause in your late 40s. 

During perimenopause (the period of time before menopause occurs), it’s normal to start having irregular periods and symptoms associated with menopause. Sometimes these issues can start as early as your late 30s. Medical experts technically define the onset of menopause as going 12 months without having a menstrual period. 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

One of the most notorious symptoms of menopause is recurring hot flashes, when a sensation of overbearing heat comes out of nowhere. And just as quickly as it comes, it fades away and you have the chills. Menopause is also known for causing:

  • Vaginal dryness 
  • Decreased libido (sexual dysfunction)
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Overly dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Mood swings 
  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of breast fullness

Even if you’re perimenopausal or still having occasional periods, you could still potentially become pregnant. Until you’ve been diagnosed with menopause, it’s important to continue talking with Dr. Warner about birth control options if you don’t wish to get pregnant.

Is there treatment for menopause?

Yes. Dr. Warner and the caring team at Warner Wellness Institute know how frustrating it can be to experience all the unbearable symptoms and side effects associated with menopause. 

During your menopause evaluation, the team creates a treatment plan based on your hormone levels and history of symptoms. Common menopause treatments often involve a series of different treatments to see what works best for you, such as:

  • Vaginal estrogen cream
  • Low-dose antidepressants
  • Prescriptions to reduce hot flashes
  • Nutrition and dieting

As a practice committed to the harmonious connection between health, wellness, and the environment, the team can offer alternative treatments to combat the symptoms of menopause. This might involve adding daily supplements and dietary changes. An expert in both western practices of women’s health and functional medicine, Dr. Warner can help create a personalized treatment plan that gives you the best chance of long-term health and wellness. 

Get started on your menopause evaluation and treatment at Warner Wellness Institute right away. Book your appointment through the convenient online booking tool or call the office.