Menopause Specialist

Rachel E. Hall, MD -  - Board Certified Integrative/Holistic Medicine Physician

Expect Wellness

Rachel E. Hall, MD

Board Certified Integrative/Holistic Medicine Physician & Family Medicine Physician located in Columbia, SC

The transition to the menopausal phase of your life as a woman isn’t always easy. Dr. Rachel Hall is a board-certified integrative/holistic doctor specializing in family medicine, and she can help you get through this time as smoothly as possible. As part of a whole-person philosophy to medical care at Expect Wellness in Columbia, South Carolina, Dr. Hall offers hormone replacement therapies, vaginal rejuvenation, and natural remedies for menopausal symptoms. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Menopause Q & A

What happens during menopause?

Menopause is a normal biological process that every woman goes through as part of aging. It’s the inevitable end of your menstrual cycle that signifies the end of your childbearing years. Women in the United States typically experience menopause during their 40s and 50s, though this change in your life can begin a year or more before you finally reach the end of your menstrual cycles.

Once you’ve gone a full 12 months without a period, you’re considered to be in menopause. The symptoms of menopause are not always pleasant, and some are rather disruptive.

What symptoms commonly occur during menopause?

As your body goes through the time period leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause, you may begin to experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Chills
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Lower sex drive
  • Sleep irregularities
  • Lower energy levels
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin and changes in skin tone
  • Breast changes

The type and frequency of symptoms are different for every woman. If they become disruptive to your life and affect your relationships, Dr. Hall offers natural, effective treatment methods, including pellet hormone replacement therapy and TempSure™ Vitalia vaginal rejuvenation. TempSure Vitalia provides a simple radiofrequency treatment that helps with vaginal dryness, sexual function, and urinary incontinence -- all common issues during and after menopause.

How can I minimize my menopausal symptoms?

Since Dr. Hall takes a whole-person approach to helping you manage and minimize menopause symptoms, she may recommend a variety of treatments. Making nutritional changes, taking natural supplements, and adding regular exercise to your routine may help relieve symptoms. She may also suggest a series of TempSure Vitalia treatments to alleviate vaginal issues. Additionally, pellet hormone replacement therapy is an effective way to manage some of the symptoms and changes related to menopause, by helping to replenish low levels of estrogen.

If you need help managing all the physical, hormonal, and emotional changes that occur as you enter into this stage of your life, it’s important to discuss your concerns with Dr. Hall. She takes a compassionate approach to this sensitive experience and can help relieve your symptoms to restore the quality of your life and relationships. She also determines if you have any other underlying health concerns that could be contributing to your menopausal symptoms.

If you live in Columbia, South Carolina, or nearby, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.