Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes

In Blog, Functional Medicine, Gynecology, Holistic Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Menopause by Dr. Gary Goldman

Hot flashes after menopause can be uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing. Many women are declining effective therapy with estrogens due to appropriate concerns for the potential for adverse health effects from that therapy. A recent publication from the North American Menopause Society has again shown that acupuncture can be an effective therapy for common hot flashes in menopause. 2,500 years of success is a powerful testament! Read more here: http://news.doximity.com/entries/1473841

Hot Flashes from Hell!

In Blog, Gynecology, Menopause by Dr. Gary Goldman

“OMG – not another Hot Flash! Will they ever stop? Please – help me make them stop!” This is the beginning of a very common conversation in my office. Until about 10 years ago, many women used post-menopausal estrogens, which really helped, so this was a less common complaint. Then came the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative in 2003, which pointed out the increased rate of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer in women who used estrogens. While there are valid criticisms of this study, the fact remains that many women have chosen not to use estrogens – and …

Libido: Easy Come, Easy Go.

In Blog, Gynecology, Integrative Medicine, Menopause, Sexuality by Dr. Gary Goldman

“Where did my libido go? I used to be horny, but now, not so much.” This is a very common concern in my office, and is sometimes associated with pregnancy, early parenting, or menopause… and sometimes with any other time of your life. Rodent libido is directly tied to circulating levels of testosterone, both in males and females. But humans are far more complex; testosterone levels in women do not clearly correlate with sex drive. Our brains can directly get us all revved up, or all revved down. Many of my patients are seeking an easy answer, a magic supplement …

Vaginas Aren’t What They Used to Be…

In Blog, Gynecology, Menopause, Sexuality by Dr. Gary Goldman

Between Mother Nature and Father Time, from childbirth to menopause, vaginas are subject to trauma, aging, and dysfunction. Problems can be numerous: vaginal laxity, diminished lubrication, painful intercourse, difficulty in achieving orgasm, decreased orgasm intensity, urinary incontinence, and pouting labia. Our options have been limited and often less than satisfactory. From fair quality over-the-counter lubricants to hormonal therapy with the potential for long-term adverse side effects, from surgical procedures requiring general anesthesia and long, painful recuperation, to Kegel exercises with disappointing results, these options are typically met with an understandable lack of enthusiasm. Finally, we have an ideal option that …