Menopause is a normal natural transition, but the doctors at Women’s Health of Augusta understand that many times symptoms arise associated with the menopause that require treatment. We offer both traditional and alternative approaches to menopausal symptoms including hormone replacement, bio-identical hormone therapy and various proven natural approaches. We understand that each woman’s menopausal experience is different and the key to success is listening and individualization. For some women the menopausal transition can be difficult, and we want to partner with you to design a program that meets your needs and helps you celebrate this season of life.
The use of hormones is a very individualized decision and can depend on many factors. This is a great area to partner with your doctor to asses your options.
There are many alternative and non medication treatments available that can be tailored to your needs.
In addition to bioidentical hormone therapy, Women's Health of Augusta also offers Hormone Pellets. Please ask your physician for more information.
Like most menopausal symptoms there are a number of options depending on your health history and desires. These include both hormonal and non hormonal options, including the use of vaginal estrogen creams, lubricants, and Osphena - a oral non-estrogen treamtment. We also are proud to now offer MonaLisa Touch® - a non-hormonal in-office laser treatment.
Bone densitometry, also called a bone mineral density (BMD) test is an enhanced X-ray technology that uses low doses of radiation to measure bone loss and to predict your risk of bone fractures. People with osteoporosis – a condition in which deficiencies in calcium cause bones to become thinner, more fragile and prone to breaking – are most at risk of bone fractures.
Several different types of machines can perform bone densitometry, but the most common method is the DexaScan, which uses low doses of X-rays. Typically, these machines are used to scan the lower spine and hip regions. Because the machines give off such low doses of radiation, most experts consider the risk low, especially when compared with the benefits of early identification of osteoporosis.
Women’s Health of Augusta offers the gold standard in BMD testing, the full body DEXA scan.
Bone Density FAQs
There is no special preparation necessary.
This varies depending on your risk factors and the results of any prior BMD tests.
Your doctor will review your results at the time of the scan or at another appointment.