What is Menopause?
Menopause, a naturally occurring life transition, begins when a woman stops ovulating and having a monthly period. The appearance of this stage is specifically triggered by a lack of the reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. In general, Drs. De Castro and Basit consider a woman to be menopausal when she hasn’t had a period for at least one year. However, symptoms and changes associated with this issue may begin much earlier.
When Does Menopause Begin?
Though it begins at different times for different women, it commonly starts after the age of 45. In fact, the average age of onset in the United States is 51. Menopause that starts before the age of 40 is considered premature, and Drs. De Castro and Basit encourage women with these symptoms to make an appointment for an evaluation.
What Symptoms Are Common During Menopause?
Prior to menopause, women may experience changes in their menstrual cycles. These changes include the emergence of periods that are heavier, lighter, or less frequent than normal. Once a woman reaches menopause, she may experience a number of symptoms, including:
- Hair loss from the scalp
- Hot flashes
- Increased hair growth on the face
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
How Can Drs. De Castro and Basit Help Me?
At their practice in Hanford, California, Drs. De Castro and Basit provide MonaLisa Touch laser treatments to women struggling with this condition. This medical laser uses technology that can address some of the most common symptoms of menopause and vaginal atrophy. During treatments, controlled energy from the fractional CO2 laser safely heats vaginal tissue, prompting your body to develop new collagen.
This painless treatment takes just five minutes and effectively revitalizes vaginal tissue, helping reduce symptoms like:
- Loss of elasticity in vaginal tissue
- Mild urinary incontinence
- Painful sex
- Vaginal dryness and irritation
Energy from the laser actually helps tighten vaginal tissue as well, promoting greater enjoyment from intercourse. Most women need just 1-3 MonaLisa Touch treatments to notice an improvement. When you visit our center, Drs. De Castro and Basit can create a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
Request an Appointment In Hanford, California
If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, Drs. De Castro and Basit can help. To find out if MonaLisa Touch treatments are right for you, call (559) 582-9100 or fill out the form below to request an appointment at our practice in Hanford.