Menopausal Problems Specialist

Yuri Prikoupenko, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Surgical and Office Gynecology

Yuri Prikoupenko, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Rockville, MD

When you're dealing with menopause, it's critical that you find an experienced gynecologist who can guide you through this life-changing journey. Dr. Yuri practices gynecology in Rockville, Maryland. He and his staff are always available to address your concerns and educate you on menopause topics. Women in Rockville, Germantown, or the Greater Washington, DC area who are approaching or experiencing menopause can call or book an appointment online with Dr. Yuri Prikoupenko.

Menopausal Problems Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a time in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing estrogen, and she ceases to be able to bear children. As a result, women experience a range of physical and emotional changes.

In most cases, menopausal symptoms, including the end of menstrual periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, mild depression, loss of energy and similar condition are considered natural life-changing events.

Although menopause leads to the same basic hormonal changes, symptoms -- and how a woman copes with these changes -- varies from one person to another.

No two women experience menopause the same way. Subsequently, the best way to approach menopause is to obtain information on what to expect and which symptoms are considered normal. That will help you recognize complications and menopausal problems that require medical attention.

The average age of the onset of menopause is 51, but symptoms may begin as early as 47. Usually, a simple blood test that measures the level of follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) is all that's needed to diagnose menopause.

What menopausal problems and complications might I experience?

Several complications and risk factors may develop during menopause, the most common include:

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Pelvic Pain Ovarian Cysts
  • Fibroids and Fibroid Tumors
  • Endometrial Hyperplasia
  • Endometrial Cancer

What causes menopausal problems?

The causes behind menopausal problems often are induced by the hormonal changes taking place in a woman's body. However, factors such as stress, depression, unhealthy lifestyle, and medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious illnesses, may increase the chances of menopausal problems.

The best way to prevent menopausal problems and complications is to allow an experienced gynecologist to monitor and manage your menopause. While Dr. Yuri might not be able to treat all medical conditions resulting from menopause problems, he can recommend a specialist and provide you with helpful resources.

How are menopausal problems evaluated and treated?  

During the evaluation process, Dr. Yuri may utilize several advanced tests and exams, including biopsies, to determine what might cause your menopausal problems.

To diagnose menopausal problems, Dr. Yuri reviews your personal and family health history. Next, he performs a physical exam and may conduct one of the following tests:

  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Transvaginal ultrasound
  • Sonohysterography
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Dilation and curettage (D&C)

After diagnosing your problems, Dr. Yuri explains the most effective treatment options that yield the best results and prevent any further complications. Dr. Yuri can perform most of these treatment options at his gynecology practice, and the most common treatments for menopausal problems include:

  • Hormonal therapy
  • Other medications (antibiotics)
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Hysterectomy

As an experienced gynecologist who has trained other women's health specialists for many years, Dr. Yuri is an expert when it comes to women's health issues.