Menopause Specialist

Estelle Archer, MD

Gynecologists located in Amarillo, TX

If menopause drains your energy and causes hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or other unpleasant symptoms, you don’t have to suffer through it. At her self-titled practice in Amarillo, Texas, Estelle Archer, MD, FACOG, offers numerous menopause treatments that can restore your quality of life. Call her office to learn more, or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she stops getting a period. You’ve reached menopause if you haven’t had a period in 12 months, and 52 is the average age of menopause in the U.S. Perimenopause is the transitional period to menopause. It may last about four years and begin in your mid- to late-40s.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

During menopause and perimenopause, you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Hot flashes, chills, or night sweats
  • Changes in periods
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair on your head
  • Increased facial hair
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue

Often, decreases in estrogen associated with age cause menopause symptoms. You might experience menopause after a hysterectomy, which is the removal of your uterus, or if you’ve had your ovaries removed. Radiation or chemotherapy can also induce menopause in women.

Possible complications associated with menopause include osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and an increase in heart disease risk due to low estrogen.

How are menopause symptoms treated?

If symptoms associated with menopause are uncomfortable and hinder your quality of life, some simple solutions are within reach. Dr. Archer lets you know which treatment best matches your needs. She may recommend:

MonaLisa Touch®

MonaLisa Touch emits laser energy to vaginal tissue, to rejuvenate it and reduce vaginal dryness.

Hormone therapy

Some women benefit from taking oral estrogen, or estrogen plus progestin if you still have your uterus, to ease menopause symptoms.

Vaginal estrogen

Vaginal estrogen is available as a cream, ring, or tablet. You apply it directly the area near your vagina, as it releases a small amount of estrogen into vaginal tissue.

Other medications

Certain medications may help relieve menopause symptoms, especially hot flashes. Examples include low-dose antidepressants and some seizure or high blood pressure medications. Dr. Archer may recommend osteoporosis medications as well.

Natural remedies

Natural remedies may also help relieve symptoms associated with menopause. You can try lubricants to ease vaginal dryness, eating a well-balanced diet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and yoga, acupuncture, or relaxation techniques.

When you’re ready to reduce or eliminate menopause symptoms, call Dr. Archer’s office today, or book an appointment online.