Menopause Specialist

Medical Care for Women, PC

Andrea D. Olanescu, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Astoria, NY

Every woman experiences menopause; it’s a natural part of aging. At Medical Care for Women PC, Andrea Olanescu, MD, helps women living in Astoria, New York, transition smoothly through menopause and reduce the discomfort that often comes with this new phase of their lives. To learn more about menopause symptom treatment, get in touch with the team today by phone or online and book an appointment.

Menopause Q&A

What are menopause and perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the transitional period in a women’s life that leads to menopause. Perimenopause often takes place over several years and ends when your ovaries stop releasing eggs.

You’ll know you’ve hit menopause when your period stops completely (and permanently). In most cases, you’ll be able to tell when you haven’t had your period in 12 months.

On average, women reach the menopausal state around 45 years old, though the average in the United States is 52.

What are the common symptoms of menopause?

Menopause comes with a wide range of symptoms. The primary symptom is a series of hormonal changes that can cause any of the following:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep issues
  • Dizziness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sex drive fluctuations
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Period cycle changes
  • Concentration problems
  • Metabolism changes and weight gain

All of these symptoms can significantly impact our daily lives, such as hot flashes at your workplace, vaginal dryness in your personal life, and hormonal changes severe enough to cause osteoporosis.

How are menopausal symptoms treated?

There’s nothing you can do to prevent menopause, though Dr. Olanescu can do her best to make it easier to live with its symptoms. In fact, treatment at Medical Care for Women can significantly reduce your chances of developing a disease as a result of your menopausal symptoms.

Dr. Olanescu uses some of the following techniques to make menopause more comfortable and risk-free:

Estrogen therapy

Estrogen therapy can assist in reducing the frequency of your hot flashes and prevent dangerous bone loss. Dr. Olanescu can prescribe estrogen in the form of vaginal tablets, suppositories, creams, and rings. This can also help with vaginal dryness and incontinence.

Medications for hot flashes

Dr. Olanescu can prescribe low-dose antidepressants, patches, anti-seizure medications, and more to help with hot flashes.

Osteoporosis medications

If your menopausal symptoms have put you at risk of contracting osteoporosis, Dr. Olanescu might recommend a series of hormone therapy, vitamin supplements, and medication to reduce your chances. 

Dr. Olanescu is here to make this life-changing transition as comfortable and seamless as possible. She always makes sure that you never feel alone as you go through this transition. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about how you can safely take the next step.