Menopause Specialist

Pavilion for Women's Health and Wellness

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Miami, FL

When you approach menopause, you experience disruptive symptoms such as hot flashes and moodiness because of the hormonal changes occurring in your body. If you need help managing those symptoms so you can maintain your active and healthy life, contact Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon at Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness in Miami.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the natural change in a woman’s life where your hormone levels decrease, your ovaries stop releasing eggs, and your menstrual cycles stop. The average age of menopause is 51, with most women reaching menopause at 48-55 years, although some women experience premature menopause much earlier.

Perimenopause is the time before your menstrual cycles stop when your body is transitioning to menopause. This is when many women experience changes in their hormone levels, including estrogen and progesterone.

Your period becomes irregular during perimenopause, and you experience many of the disruptive symptoms associated with menopause. You have officially reached menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.  


What are the common symptoms of menopause?

Menopause causes a wide range of symptoms which vary between women and in severity. You may experience none, some, or all of these symptoms -- and others -- as part of your menopause.

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Bone loss (osteoporosis)
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Loss of libido


How is menopause managed?

Dr. Dunkin and Dr. Runyon offer menopause management services with treatment and counseling customized to meet your individual needs.

They encourage all of their patients to make positive lifestyle changes to improve overall health and well-being. That includes following a healthy and balanced diet and exercising regularly. This not only helps you maintain a healthy body weight but can also help reduce menopause-related mood swings and depression.

Dr. Dunkin and Dr. Runyon also offer hormone therapy treatments. Hormonal fluctuation and decline cause many of the disruptive symptoms of menopause, so hormone therapy to replace those hormones and restore your balance helps manage your symptoms.


What is hormone therapy?

Hormone therapy is usually administered with a prescription for a pill or pellet that replaces lost estrogen and progesterone. Your doctor carefully supervises your health, well-being, and hormone levels throughout treatment to ensure your hormone levels normalize and that your symptoms become manageable.

You might also benefit from topical hormone therapy. Estrogen is available in gels, creams, and rings which are applied directly to your vagina to address vaginal dryness. This treatment doesn’t help with other menopausal symptoms.

If you’re concerned about menopause or if the symptoms are disrupting your life, call Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness or schedule a consultation online today.