Claudia Machado Cooke, MD, FACP, MPH  |  Health Through Understanding

Menopausal Syndrome
Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Mood Swings & Abdominal Bloating

Formally defined by the cessation of menstrual periods, menopause represents the typical loss of estrogen-producing ovarian follicles. While the average age of menopause is 51.4 years, it may start at age 40 for 5% of women, and after 55 years for another 5% of women. The menopausal transition begins with varying menstrual cycle length experienced in perimenopause, to skipped periods, to complete menopause with one year from last period.

Hot flashes, nightsweats, sleep disturbance, mood swings, joint pains, vaginal dryness, diminished libido, and impaired balance are just some of the symptoms which may develop with the menopause. Antidepressants and hormonal preparations are the mainstay of conventional therapy for the alleviation of symptoms.

Dr. Cooke takes each woman’s given menopausal symptoms and particular concerns into account in designing a menopausal support regime. Bio-identical hormone therapy is often recommended but only after a complete due-diligence of potential pitfalls or contraindications. Herbal formulae, detoxifying diet strategies, Alpha-Stim microcurrent, supplements and acupuncture have all proven valuable at various times to her menopausal patients.