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Menopausal Medicine Specialist

James J. Bendell, MD, PhD -  - OBGYN

The Women's Center

James J. Bendell, MD, PhD

OBGYN located in Lagrange, GA

Many women think of menopause as a dreaded phase of life, but with the advanced solutions and treatments available today, there's no need to feel that way anymore. At The Women’s Center in LaGrange, Georgia, James Bendell, MD, PhD, offers the best in menopausal medicine to help you feel your best throughout this stage of life. Book an appointment online or by phone now.

Menopausal Medicine Q & A

What are the signs I’m starting menopause?

Perimenopause, the period leading up to menopause, typically causes symptoms such as:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Poor libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of vaginal elasticity

You’re officially in menopause after you have 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. The perimenopause period can last for several years, which means that you could experience miserable symptoms for a long time if you don’t reach out for help.

What kind of menopausal medicine services are available?

The Women’s Center offers comprehensive menopausal medicine services, including:

Hormone replacement therapy

Hormone replacement therapy restores optimal hormone levels. At The Women’s Center, Dr. Bendell prescribes hormone replacement in several forms, such as pills, adhesive patches, vaginal or skin creams. With hormone replacement therapy, you can minimize or eliminate many frustrating menopause symptoms.

Many patients ask about bioidentical hormones, but it’s important to understand that bioidentical hormones are largely hype. The various hormone replacement options are all essentially the same, with the main difference being the price. Dr. Bendell prescribes effective hormones with a proven track record, so you don’t have to pay more just for hype.

Medication

Although hormone replacement therapy is usually the most effective type of medication, some other drugs can help with menopause issues, too. Antidepressants or gabapentin may help with hot flashes, for example. Dr. Bendell customizes menopause medications for your specific symptoms and needs.

Organic and behavioral techniques

Organic and behavioral techniques like dressing in layers, improving your sleep routine, and avoiding alcohol or other food or beverages that trigger hot flashes can help. Usually, organic and behavioral techniques are a component of an overall menopausal medicine management plan. 

Cliovana®

Cliovana is a noninvasive treatment that helps with common menopause problems like lack of arousal, painful intercourse, and inability to achieve orgasm. The Cliovana device sends sound waves directly to your clitoral tissue, encouraging new blood vessel development and increased nerve sensitivity. 

You have four 10-minute Cliovana treatments; two during the first week and two in the second week. You might notice improvement after only one session, with even better results as you go. You only need maintenance treatments around once a year to maintain the great benefits of an improved sex life. 

Dr. Bendell personalizes your menopausal medicine care to help you stay comfortable, vibrant, and happy throughout menopause. Book an appointment by calling The Women’s Center or clicking online scheduling now.