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Menopause Specialist

Westchester Women’s Medical Healthcare

OBGYNs located in Mount Vernon, NY & Spring Valley, NY

Menopause can be a breeze for some women, and a turbulent storm with harsh winds bringing unpredictable symptoms for others. At Westchester Women’s Medical Healthcare, OB/GYN Sheila D. Pongnon, MD, and Arlie Massillon, PA, help women through menopause. The providers have ample experience simmering down the anarchic symptoms of menopause and improving general wellness before, during, and after this transitional phase of life. From hormone therapy to lifestyle changes, the medical group is here to help you achieve blissful hormonal balance. Call either office in Mount Vernon or Spring Valley, New York, today or book online.


What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural transitional phase of life that marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility. If you haven’t menstruated for over 12 months, you’re going through menopause.

Menopause usually starts around or after age 50, but for some women, it can begin earlier. Menopause can be induced by a hysterectomy if the surgical procedure involves removing the ovaries where a woman’s reproductive hormones are produced. 

Menopause can start prematurely due to certain autoimmune diseases and medical conditions, such as primary ovarian sufficiency, which occurs when the ovaries don’t produce sufficient reproductive hormones. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, can also induce early menopause.

Menopause is a natural biological phase of every woman’s life, but for some women, the symptoms can negatively impact their quality of life. 

Menopause symptoms are associated with a reduction in the production of important female reproductive hormones, such as progesterone and estrogen.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Perimenopause refers to the period of time (months or years) leading up to menopause, when many women start experiencing symptoms and irregular menstruation.

Each woman experiences menopause in her own way. Some of the most common menopausal symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Urinary incontinence

Many women also experience slow metabolism and weight gain.

Why should I see a gynecologist during menopause?

The medical guidance and support of a qualified gynecologist during menopause can provide you with specialized care and valuable education before, during, and after menopause. 

You can ask questions and discuss your intimate concerns and sexual wellness. You can also receive treatments to give you relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Regular preventive care and gynecology visits are important through all phases of life, especially during menopause — a time of hormonal and physiological changes.

Restoring your hormonal balance with the right medical care is beneficial for your health since lower estrogen production during menopause heightens your risk for osteoporosis and other health problems.

For quality menopause treatments from a compassionate female provider, click or call to schedule your menopause consultation.

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