As a woman ages, she will likely begin to think more and more about menopause. Like it or not, menopause affects every woman as her ovaries stop producing eggs and produce less estrogen. Often menopause occurs at some point between the age of 40 and 50, although it could be earlier or later. A woman may experience several symptoms during this transitional time, such as hot flashes, sweating, irregular periods, depression, irritability or anxiety, decrease in sex drive, and headaches. A woman’s chances for osteoporosis also increase and she may notice physical changes in the pelvic area.
More and more frequently, women are asking about hormone replacement therapy to help manage the changes that the body is experiencing. This treatment, known as HRT, can help a woman decrease some of the emotional and physical side effects of menopause. It often works because the HRT plan is customized to a woman’s exact needs thanks to blood testing which confirms current hormone levels.
HRT works by balancing the amount of progesterone and estrogen in a woman’s body, which helps to alleviate some of the effects of menopause. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine has been helping patients manage the journey through menopause for many years. Rather than suffer through it, Dr. Jenkins says that HRT can make patients more comfortable physically while also improving emotional side effects as well. Patients often report seeing improvement in symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irritability, insomnia, and aches and pains.
If you are beginning to experience symptoms of menopause, it’s important to speak with your doctor. Dr. Jenkins and his entire team understand that this can be a confusing and apprehensive time of life, but it doesn’t have to be. The first step is to understand the changes your body is going through, consider your lifestyle and personal preferences in regards to medications, and educate yourself about hormone replacement therapy. Call today to learn more about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.