Menopause Specialist

Lena Speck Hopkins, MD

OB/Gyn & Medical Spa located in Harlingen, TX

Menopause can have a significant impact on your quality of life and your intimate relationships. If you suffer from uncomfortable hot flashes, painful intercourse, insomnia, or depression, Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, can help you find relief. If you live in the community of Harlingen, Texas, don’t wait to learn more about how Dr. Speck Hopkins can help feel more like yourself again with a variety of treatment options. Call the office today, or schedule an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

When a woman hasn’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, she has entered menopause. Most women experience natural menopause in their late 40s to early 50s, but some women begin menopause earlier. If you have your ovaries surgically removed for any reason, you will immediately enter menopause.

During menopause, the production of estrogen and progesterone, the main hormones involved in fertility, decline significantly. Lower levels of these hormones are thought to contribute to the symptoms many women experience during menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause symptoms vary greatly among women. You might have severe symptoms that continue for several years, or you may have mild symptoms or none at all.

Common menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Headaches
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Decreased libido
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm

Many women also experience cognitive symptoms, such as poor concentration or memory problems.

How are menopausal symptoms treated?

Dr. Speck Hopkins has the expertise to help you manage your menopausal symptoms effectively, so they don’t interfere with your quality of life. Following a consultation, which includes a comprehensive medical exam and detailed health history and diagnostics such as blood and urine tests, Dr. Speck Hopkins will design a menopause management plan tailored to meet your individual needs.

Your plan may include the following treatment options:

  • Sottopelle® pellet therapy
  • Bioidentical hormone management
  • Pure Encapsulations prescription nutritional supplements
  • B-12 injection therapy
  • Nutritional and lifestyle changes
  • Exercise programs
  • Medications to address insomnia, depression, or anxiety

Dr. Speck Hopkins believes in educating women about their choices regarding hormone replacement therapy and other types of menopause treatment, so they can make an empowered choice about their health care.

Can menopause affect my health?

Menopause is a natural process, but it does increase your risk for some conditions such as heart disease and osteoporosis. Regular health checkups and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise are the best way to ensure that you enjoy robust wellness during and after menopause.

If you’re suffering from debilitating symptoms and you need a compassionate physician with the skills to address them safely, call Lena Speck Hopkins, MD, today, or schedule a consultation online.