Menopause Specialist

Grube Gynecology

Gynecologists & Women's Health located in Frackville, PA & Pottsville, PA

Although all women go through menopause, each one has a different experience. Some women fly through with few symptoms, while others struggle with severe hot flashes. When you need help with any menopause-related problems, Dr. Timothy Grube and the team at Grube Gynecology are available to help with holistic treatment options ranging from natural bioidentical hormone replacement to today’s most advanced laser therapy for vaginal rejuvenation. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in Frackville, Pennsylvania.

Menopause Q & A

When do you reach menopause?

Menopause takes place over several years, beginning in perimenopause (the three to five years before you reach menopause).

During perimenopause, your hormone levels begin to fluctuate. As a result, most women experience changes in their menstrual cycles, with periods that may be heavier, lighter, longer, or shorter than usual.

When your ovaries stop producing hormones, your periods also stop. You reach menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 months straight.

What symptoms develop during menopause?

The classic menopause symptoms can begin during perimenopause and continue for years after menopause. Some women barely notice their symptoms, while others have such severe hot flashes they can’t sleep.

You may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Low sex drive
  • Frequent urination
  • Urinary tract infections

What other health problems occur during menopause?

Many tissues in your body rely on estrogen to stay healthy. It helps maintain elasticity in your blood vessels and regulates bone metabolism, for example.

When estrogen levels drop at menopause, you have a higher risk of developing:

  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hair loss
  • Dental problems like gum disease

What is vaginal atrophy?

At least half of all women develop vaginal atrophy, which occurs when loss of estrogen affects vaginal blood flow and leads to dry, dehydrated vaginal tissues.

Vaginal atrophy is the reason you may experience painful sex after menopause. It can also cause burning, itching, and bleeding after intercourse.

The team at Grube Gynecology effectively treats vaginal atrophy with bioidentical hormone replacement to restore normal hormone levels.

Another treatment option is gentle laser therapy with MonaLisa Touch®, which rejuvenates vaginal tissues by boosting the production of substances that improve tissue strength and hydration.

How is menopause managed?

The team at Grube Gynecology follows a holistic approach, so they find the best treatment for each patient’s needs. They may help you learn lifestyle changes, recommend supplements, or prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement.

The bioidentical hormone replacement provided at Grube Gynecology, BioTE, is all-natural and made with the same molecular structure as your body’s hormones.

BioTE is administered in pellet form, which is implanted under your skin. Once the small pellet is in place, it continuously releases the amount of hormones you need for three to six months.

When your journey through menopause results in uncomfortable symptoms or health concerns, call Grube Gynecology or book an appointment online.