Menopause Specialist

De Castro & Basit, MDs

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetics located in Hanford, CA

Though the average age for the onset of menopause is 51, this life transition can take many years and result in several debilitating symptoms before you’re officially done with your period. Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit at De Castro & Basit, MDs, in Hanford, California, take a holistic approach to helping women through the physical and emotional changes of menopause. The doctors offer medical and aesthetic treatments to alleviate symptoms and help you feel your best. For expert help managing menopause, call the office or use the online booking system to schedule an appointment.

Menopause Q & A

What can I expect during menopause?

Perimenopause (before) and menopause describe the changes that signify the end of your childbearing years. Your body experiences hormonal fluctuations as your ovaries make less estrogen and eventually stop producing eggs, causing a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms.

The symptoms are often unpleasant and can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. During perimenopause and menopause, you may experience:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Breast tenderness
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain and slower metabolism
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex
  • Low libido
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Memory problems
  • Urinary incontinence

Every woman experiences menopause differently, so symptoms may be mild, come and go, or seem intolerable at times.

What treatments are available for menopausal symptoms?

Treatments depend on your symptoms. In some cases, you may be able to manage symptoms with lifestyle changes, diet, and exercise. In other cases, your doctor may recommend medications or hormone supplements to put your body back in balance.

Additionally, for vaginal dryness, painful sex, and mild urinary incontinence, the doctors at De Castro & Basit, MDs offer MonaLisa Touch® nonsurgical laser treatments.

What is the MonaLisa Touch laser treatment?

The MonaLisa Touch laser treatment system is a medical laser technology that addresses some of the most common symptoms of menopause and vaginal atrophy. Controlled heat from the fractional CO2 laser safely heats vaginal tissue, prompting your body to develop new collagen.

As a result, this painless treatment that takes just five minutes in the doctor’s office revitalizes tissue and helps reduce symptoms like:

  • Vaginal dryness and irritation
  • Painful sex
  • Mild urinary incontinence
  • Loss of elasticity in vaginal tissue

Energy from the laser actually helps tighten vaginal tissue so intercourse is more comfortable again. Most women need just 1-3 MonaLisa Touch treatments to notice an improvement. Drs. De Castro and Basit create a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

Learn more about successful ways to manage menopause symptoms from the knowledgeable medical team at De Castro & Basit, MDs. Call to schedule a consultation or use the online booking system.