Menopause Treatment

Gail Zimmerman, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Gail Zimmerman, MD

Internal Medicine & Preventative Medicine Specialist located in Bay Head, NJ

Although menopause is a natural part of the aging process for women, the symptoms can be unsettling and disruptive to your daily life. You don’t have to suffer through the symptoms. Gail Zimmerman, MD, in Bay Head, New Jersey, offers comprehensive menopause treatment that you can trust. Live well before, during, and after menopause. To learn about the menopause treatments available, call the office today or book online.

Menopause Treatment

What is menopause?

As you get older, your body’s finite supply of eggs begins to decrease and ovulation slows down and becomes irregular. 

When your egg supply finally phases out, typically between your late 40s and mid-50s, your menstrual cycle stops and your years of fertility come to an end. When you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without a period, you’re in menopause. 

What are the symptoms of menopause?

You can develop signs of menopause long before you’re officially in it. Some of the telltale symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Saggy skin
  • Low sex drive
  • Thinning hair
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Irregular periods
  • Low energy
  • Breast tenderness
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty with bladder control

 

In addition, due to hormone fluctuations, you may find that you’re uncharacteristically moody and temperamental.

What causes menopause?

For the majority of women, menopause is the result of your normal decline in estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that influence your menstrual cycle. There are a few other situations that may force you into menopause, including:

  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Radiation


In rare cases, menopause is due to primary ovarian insufficiency, a condition marked by abnormally low levels of reproductive hormones.

How is menopause treated?

Dr. Zimmerman understands that menopause can be an emotional time and counsels you to determine the best treatment. 

She is a practitioner certified by the North American Menopause Society and has years of experience helping women reduce symptoms and navigate menopause. 

If you decide to move forward with treatment, she helps you determine the options that best suit your goals and symptoms. The first recommendation she makes is lifestyle modifications, such as:

  • Adequate sleep
  • Stress reduction
  • Nutritious diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Smoking cessation
  • Caffeine and alcohol reduction


If lifestyle modifications are not enough, she may suggest additional options, such as:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • Antidepressants
  • Dietary changes
  • Medications for osteoporosis
  • Pills for high blood pressure


Your treatment is highly customized, so talk with Dr. Zimmerman about what you’re feeling and experiencing. 

For comprehensive menopause care that considers your physical and emotional health, call the office or use the online scheduling system.