Menopause Specialist

Fox Valley Comprehensive Women's Health Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elgin, IL

Menopause is a natural process, but the symptoms may be uncomfortable and alarming for some women. Dr. Rachel Kulsak and Dr. Pamorn Kulsak offer comprehensive and compassionate care during menopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Call Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care in Elgin, Illinois, and make an appointment to receive medical guidance during this life change or book an appointment online.

Menopause

When does menopause occur?

Menopause is when your menstrual cycle ceases, that is, you’ve gone 12 months without a period. The average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51, but anytime after age 40 is considered “normal.”

You may experience menopause at a younger age due to chemotherapy treatments or hysterectomy, as well as other causes.

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause comprises the years leading up to menopause and is characterized by dramatic changes in your hormone production that can cause uncomfortable side effects:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Moodiness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating
  • Vaginal dryness and itching
  • Painful intercourse

You may also experience mild urinary incontinence, changes in your sex drive, insomnia and other symptoms with perimenopause. Women may experience all, some, or none of these symptoms, but they can be quite severe in some cases.

How can I be sure I’m going through menopause?

Your symptoms and family history are clues as to whether you’re going through menopause, and you can usually expect to go through menopause at the same age as your mother. Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak at Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care can confirm if you’re menopausal by running a blood test to check your hormone levels.

What are the treatments for menopause?

Menopause is a natural process that shouldn’t be treated. Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak can help with managing the symptoms of perimenopause with hormone treatments and lifestyle changes.

Hormone therapy involves estrogen and progesterone administered through:

  • Creams
  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Vaginal rings
  • Pellets inserted just under the skin

Not all women are candidates for hormone therapy, but Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak can determine if you are. If you opt for hormone therapy, treatment usually begins before age 60 and is administered for about five years.

Once you’ve gone through menopause, Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak help you manage new health challenges that include an increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression.

To learn more about how to manage the symptoms and health changes that occur during and after menopause, call the office of Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak or book an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary