Doctors Share Myths & Tips for Treating Menopause

Available for Interviews: 
Dr. Karyn Eilber, Dr. Jennifer Anger, Dr. Victoria Scott

Interview one or all of the “Down There Doctors.” Dr. Eilber, Dr. Anger, and Dr. Scott are a team of urogynecologists and a powerful resource for all things people are generally hesitant to discuss. They are also the authors of the newly released book, A Woman’s Guide to Her Pelvic Floor: What the F*@# Is Going on Down There?

What the Doctors Can Say about
the Latest in Women’s Health:

Myths of Menopause

 1) Hormone replacement therapy is dangerous. The risks are actually very low, and hormones can be very effective in managing symptoms of menopause.

 2) Menopause will affect one’s memory and mood. Although hot flashes and symptoms of menopause can impact one’s mood, menopause does not cause depression. Similarly, memory loss can occur with aging, but not menopause.

 3) Menopause will cause weight gain. With aging, our metabolism slows down, and exercise and good eating habits are needed to maintain a healthy weight. Weight gain is not inevitable with menopause.

 4) There is no relief for hot flashes. There are many ways that hot flashes can be relieved. The most time-tested treatment is an estrogen replacement, which effectively manages hot flashes. However, a non-hormone prescription medication, fesolinetant, was recently FDA-approved for managing hot flashes.

 5) Menopause will ruin my sex life. Low libido often occurs with aging and, like weight gain or memory loss, coincides with menopause. However, menopause does not mean that one sex life is over. Women who wish to maintain a healthy, sex life definitely will. Sometimes additional help is needed, such as a vaginal lubricant or vaginal estrogen. It should be noted that many women feel that their sex life is better after menopause, because they no longer have to worry about becoming pregnant, and they no longer have many of the stressors that they did before menopause.

Treating Menopausal Symptoms

While caring for women over many years (and being women physicians ourselves), we have noticed that many women often put their own needs on the backburner due to family and work obligations. To maximize a woman’s time when discussing menopause with her doctor, here are a few things women should consider when dealing with menopausal symptoms: 

    1. Hormone Therapy. Hormone therapy is best when started within the first ten years after menopause. After that, the benefits of hormone therapy decrease, and the risk of things like stroke increases. 
    2. Supplements. Best supplements for menopause:
      • Black cohosh: several studies have found that it helps with hot flushes (just don’t take it if you have liver problems)
      • Flaxseed oil also has evidence that it helps with night sweats 
      • Calcium: women over 51 need 1,200 mg a day to help with bone loss
      • Vitamin D at 600 IU per day also good for bone loss
    3. Acupuncture. A recent study showed that after 5 weeks of acupuncture, symptoms of hot flushes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and skin and hair problems improved
    4. Keep Cool. Carry a personal fan or water spritzer. As soon as you feel a hot flush coming on, aim the fan or spray water right on your face, and it can stop that heat right in its tracks.

What one woman experiences during menopause is likely very different from another woman–and what works for one woman may not work for another. Treatment should be aimed at a woman’s individual symptoms. 

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Interview: Dr. Karyn Eilber, Dr. Victoria Scott, Dr. Jennifer Anger

Dr. Eilber, Dr. Anger, and Dr. Scott are the “Down There Doctors,” who are a team of urogynecologists and are a powerful resource for all things people are generally hesitant to talk about. They are also the authors of the newly released book, A Woman’s Guide to Her Pelvic Floor: Watt the F*@# Is Going on Down There?

They are urogynecologists committed to improving women’s lives by providing education and treatment for pelvic health problems. They are moms, wives, wellness experts, and surgeons who are passionate about using evidence-based medicine, holistic approaches, and our combined 50 years of experience to motivate and empower women with knowledge and control over what is going on down there!

The Down There Doctors wrote this book because they felt it was long overdue and felt women shouldn’t have to figure out many difficult things on their own.

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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