Menopause Specialist

Regina L. Edmond, MD -  - Gynecologist

Regina L. Edmond, MD

Gynecologist & Obstetrician located in West Hollywood, CA

Menopause is a natural process, and not an illness, but it can cause symptoms that keep you from living a full and comfortable life. Dr. Regina L. Edmond is pleased to provide effective treatments for women experiencing hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other symptoms of menopause. Dr. Edmond sees patients from all over the Los Angeles area at her office in West Hollywood, California.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the time of life in which a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility stop. While it typically occurs naturally after age 45, some medical procedures including hysterectomies and radiation treatments, can bring on early onset menopause. If you haven’t had a period in a year or more, you have officially reached menopause.

What are the symptoms?

Menopause affects women differently, but shifts in hormone levels such as estrogen can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during sex
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Mood swings
  • Increased facial hair
  • Loss of hair on your head

How do I know if I need treatment?

With a thorough physical exam and review of your symptoms along with your family and personal medical histories, Dr. Edmond can determine if your menopause symptoms are severe enough for you to benefit from treatment. Many of the available treatments aim to restore lost estrogen through medications or creams. Prescription estrogen and/or progesterone medications, known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is often effective, but it also brings risks that include an increased chance of certain forms of cancer. Laser therapy can also help by rejuvenating vaginal tissue.

Can lifestyle changes help?

A healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward minimizing menopause symptoms. Effective practices include:

  • Exercising
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Managing stress
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Avoiding alcohol

    Avoiding certain foods and drinks that seem to trigger your hot flash symptoms may also help. Common food culprits include spicy dishes and caffeinated drinks such as coffee.

    To reduce vaginal dryness, consider using a quality vaginal lubricant or moisturizer.

How can MonaLisa® Touch help?

MonaLisa Touch is a laser therapy system that rejuvenates the vaginal area by improving the state of the mucosa lining vaginal walls. This is particularly important after menopause, when vaginal dryness and related pain, especially during intercourse, are common. The minimally invasive procedure takes less than an hour per session, and causes only mild discomfort in the treatment area which lasts a few days. The results can not only improve the state of your vaginal region, but contribute to increased sexual pleasure and self-confidence.

Insurance

Please contact the office for additional information on accepted insurances.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Cigna
SAG-AFTRA
United Healthcare