Menopause Specialist

Michael J. Barnthouse, MD

Gynecologist & Hormone Replacement Specialist located in Kansas City, MO

Every woman embarks on the journey toward menopause at some point, although each individual path brings unique challenges. OB/GYN Michael J. Barnthouse, MD, provides personalized care for women through all stages of menopause at his practice, serving Johnson County, Kansas, and the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area. Whether you’re looking for gynecology services, vaginal rejuvenation, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Barnthouse can help you transition through menopause. To learn more, call his office or book an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that indicates an end to your menstrual cycles and childbearing years. The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, but it can happen anytime in your 40s or 50s.

Although you haven’t officially reached menopause until you go 12 full months without a menstrual period, the years leading up to your last period may involve several changes to your body. This transition is called perimenopause and often involves hormone fluctuations that can trigger the appearance of menopausal symptoms.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

When you reach menopause, your body stops producing estrogen and progesterone. The decline of these hormones and variations in hormone levels during perimenopause may cause you to experience the following symptoms:

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain or discomfort during sex
  • Less interest in sex or difficulty getting aroused
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping

Menopausal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may come on suddenly or gradually. They can be persistent or occur intermittently. No matter what type of symptoms you experience, Dr. Barnthouse works with you to create a treatment plan customized to your individual needs.

What are the complications of menopause?

Even though menopause marks the end of your childbearing years, it’s still crucial to see Dr. Barnthouse for regular exams to avoid potential complications. As your hormone levels decline, you become more susceptible to certain medical conditions that benefit from early diagnosis and treatment.

Menopause may increase your risk of developing the following conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weight gain

What are treatments for menopause?

Dr. Barnthouse practices a comprehensive approach to women’s health and spends time with you to develop a personalized menopause treatment plan that best addresses your needs. He specializes medical treatment with bioidentical hormones.

Depending on your unique circumstances, Dr. Barnthouse may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Vitamin B12 injections for weight loss
  • SottoPelle® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
  • ThermiVa® non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation

If you’re looking for a caring OB/GYN to help you through the changes of menopause, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barnthouse today.