Beth Israel OB-GYN

Menopause & Osteoporosis

Menopause is an important time of transition in a woman's life - but it does not have to be a negative one. Our physicians are dedicated to helping women manage menopause while maintaining or improving their quality of life.

While some women go through this transition relatively symptom-free, others may experience symptoms other than the expected loss of estrogen and testosterone. Such symptoms may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of concentration
  • Mood changes (eg. depression, etc.)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Joint pain

In addition, estrogen loss may lead to a decrease in bone mass (osteopenia or osteoporosis), which increases the risk of hip, spine and other fractures. Estrogen loss may also lead to age-related macular degeneration - a leading cause of blindness - and colorectal cancer. These consequences of estrogen loss coupled with the increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and other medical disorders highlight the importance of proper care for women in menopause.

With so many treatments available and so many strategies directed at preventing disease, the choices can be overwhelming. To help you, our physicians offer the most current management strategies, which include:

  • Bone density tests (DEXA scans) Used to accurately determine the degree of bone loss and the patient’s resulting risk for osteoporosis and fractures.
  • Colorectal and cardiac screening
  • Urogynecologic evaluation For urinary tract symptoms and incontinence.
  • Safe and effective medications to alleviate typical symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc.

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