Menopause Specialist

Julia Chowdhury, MD, FACOG -  - Board Certified OB/GYN

Center for Women's Healthcare

Julia Chowdhury, MD, FACOG

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Plano, TX

For numerous women, menopause can come with many uncomfortable symptoms and physical changes. At her practice, Dr. Chowdhury helps patients throughout Plano, TX and the surrounding Dallas area get the treatment they require to manage menopause symptoms such as mood fluctuations, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. She will offer many suggestions and tips depending on the patient's age, stage of menopause and health situation. Natural remedies will be offered first but if the need arises, she can offer a variety of hormonal therapy.

Menopause Q & A

What is Menopause?

Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s evolution through life which transpires when she has stopped making eggs which are functional. At birth, women have roughly 1 to 3 million functioning ovum, or eggs, and this number goes down to roughly 400,000 by the time she enters puberty. At menopause, women typically have less than 10,000 functioning ovum. While some are lost during ovulation, much more are lost in atresia. As menopause gets nearer, the ovum a woman produces become resistant to follicle-stimulating hormones or FSH. The ovaries radically decrease the creation of estrogen as well. Testosterone production also drops off. These fluctuations frequently cause the unpleasant symptoms related to menopause.

What are the Symptoms of Menopause?

The symptoms or indications of menopause typically vary from woman to woman and some may not experience any signs at all. The most frequently experienced symptoms usually include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood Fluctuations
  • Night Sweats
  • Hot Flashes
  • Vaginal Dryness

What Treatments Are Available to Reduce Symptoms?

When menopausal symptoms are serious enough to inhibit everyday life there are several treatment options available to assist the woman with minimizing or alleviating symptoms.  Treatments include:

  • Lifestyle changes- diet and exercise changes can assist to keep women in optimum overall health. Avoiding symptom triggers such as spicy foods and caffeine at night can also assist with hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Alternative Therapies- Meditation, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques can be very beneficial. Herbal remedies have also proven to be effective for quite a few women. Before taking at of these medications or participating in any therapies, women should talk to the doctor.
  • Prescription Medications- Hormone replacement therapy is a frequently prescribed medical treatment for menopause. Estrogen and progesterone are provided to women who have a uterus. For women without one, estrogen alone is employed. Only a doctor can prescribe hormones. Other medications are available if a woman does not wish to utilize hormones.

Insurance Information

We accept most major insurances but please note, we do NOT accept the following: Medicaid, Medicare, Molina, Amerigroup, Superior Health, CHIP Perinate, or Parkland

If you have any questions regarding insurance benefits, please give our office a call.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Choice Health Plan
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Cigna
Golden Rule
Texas Women's Health Program
UMR
UnitedHealthcare