Menopause Specialist

Melissa G. Drake, M.D. -  - OB-GYN

Melissa G. Drake, M.D.

OB-GYN & Women’s Health Doctor located in Santa Barbara, CA

Menopause marks the passage from your reproductive years to your post-reproductive years. While it sounds simple enough, the complications that can accompany this transition are tough to live with. From hot flashes to night sweats, menopause can be a time of great discomfort for many women. Armed with the latest natural treatments and hormone therapies, Dr. Drake helps women in Santa Barbara, California, regain control over the quality of their lives. To learn how Dr. Drake can help you navigate menopause with ease, call or book an appointment online.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

On a biomechanical level, a woman’s life is a reproductive journey. When you pass through puberty, your body is ready to reproduce. Your physical development and hormone levels are optimized to bring life into the world. At the end of this stage, your body begins to wind down its reproductive functions, and you enter menopause.

The transition usually begins in your mid-40s as your estrogen levels begin to drop, and you produce fewer eggs. By the end, your estrogen levels drop to a point where your ovaries stop producing eggs altogether.

When you’ve stopped having your periods for 12 months in a row, you’ve passed through menopause. The average age when this happens is 51.


What are the symptoms of menopause?

Every woman reacts differently to the inevitable drop in hormones. Some women sail through menopause, barely noticing any change, while other women endure years of side effects. Most women fall somewhere in between and experience any of the following in varying degrees of severity and duration:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating or weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Incontinence


How is menopause treated?

It used to be that women simply grit their teeth and lived with the side effects of menopause. Thanks to the efforts of OB/GYNs like Dr. Drake, women are taking charge of their health and wellness during their older years.

Dr. Drake offers several treatments that address the more disruptive symptoms of menopause, including:

Bioidentical hormones

Dr. Drake offers bioidentical hormones, which chemically mimic your own estrogen. In fact, the hormones are an exact match to the ones you produce naturally.

Hormone replacement therapy

Dr. Drake offers estrogen and progestin hormone replacement therapy to offset the side effects of menopause. The hormones are delivered several ways, including an oral pill, a patch, and a vaginal insert.

Natural treatments

There are a number of natural treatments that help with menopause, from wild yams to lifestyle changes, such as yoga and other relaxation techniques. Depending on your symptoms, Dr. Drake has tools that help you lead a more comfortable and active life without the use of medications.

If you’re plagued by persistent side effects of menopause, call Dr. Melissa Drake to find relief. Or, use the online booking to schedule an appointment.