Menopause Specialist

Rebirth Health Center

Gender Center & OBGYN Clinic located in Salt Lake City, UT

At Rebirth OB/GYN in Salt Lake City, menopause is celebrated and viewed as a natural transition in your life that helps you grow and learn. However, the symptoms that you develop when you go through your life transition can affect your quality of life. Rixt Luikenaar, MD, FACOG, can help you manage the symptoms with postmenopausal hormone replacement. For a consultation, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

You officially reach menopause when you go 12 months without menstruating. For most women, menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of fertility. However, some women go through what’s referred to as surgical menopause when they have their ovaries removed either for gynecological purposes or for gender affirmation surgical therapy.

Before you reach menopause, you go through what’s referred to as perimenopause when your hormone levels begin to decrease. During this transitional period, you may experience irregularities in your menstrual cycle and some of the symptoms often associated with menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause symptoms develop due to changes in your hormonal levels and may vary in both type and severity. Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low libido

While some women breeze through menopause without skipping a beat, many find the symptoms that come with the natural transition difficult to bear. Dr. Luikenaar is a women’s health expert and can provide treatments to help relieve your symptoms.

What are the treatments for menopause?

You can’t stop menopause, but Dr. Luikenaar offers postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy to help provide relief from your symptoms. She develops a personalized treatment plan based on the types of symptoms you’re experiencing, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history.

For treatment of your menopause symptoms, Dr. Luikenaar offers many hormone therapy options, including bioidentical pellet hormone therapy. Custom-made to meet your specific hormonal needs, these pellets are placed under your skin to optimize your levels.

Dr. Luikenaar understands very well how shifts in your hormone levels can affect your mood and also offers treatment for depression and anxiety.

Is hormone replacement therapy safe?

Many women have concerns about hormone replacement therapy due to heart disease and cancer risk. However, Dr. Luikenaar doesn’t recommend postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy to women with a history of breast cancer or heart disease, and to further reduce your risk, she only prescribes the smallest dose needed to relieve your symptoms and only for the shortest period of time.

Menopause is a natural part of every woman’s life. To get help managing the symptoms caused by your hormonal changes, call Rebirth OB/GYN today or request an appointment online.