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Red Hot Mama Event: Understanding Menopause

Local Gynecologist, Dr. Jeff Fahy of Premier Women’s Health to Discuss Menopause and Tips to Enhance Quality of Life

JeffFahyMDBAY MINETTE, Ala. (December 3, 2015) – It’s cold outside but many women are feeling the heat at irregular times as a result of menopause. To help, Dr. Jeff Fahy with Premier Women’s Health is hosting the Red Hot Mama Event: Understanding Menopause on January 12, 2016. 

All Red Hot Mamas, or those soon to be there, are invited to attend the community outreach event sponsored by Infirmary Health on Tuesday evening, January 12 at the Infirmary Eastern Shore Medical Complex main lobby (located across the street from Home Depot). Fahy, a Yale-trained and board certified gynecologist and pelvic surgeon, will discuss what menopause is, the various symptoms that women encounter, treatment for these symptoms – specifically hormone replacement therapy(HRT), and will even offer advice for women’s families on how to get through this time. Doors open at 6 pm for registration and dinner and the event begins at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Fahy’s presentation.

According to Fahy, “each woman with menopausal symptoms has a unique story,” so he customizes his treatment with respect to each patient’s system complex, medical history, and current state of health. The majority of women who have not yet had surgery go through menopause around age 50 while younger women can be rendered menopausal by surgery for other conditions. Additionally, some women have had a hysterectomy while others have not. (Photo: Dr. Jeff Fahy)

The main form of treatment for menopause is hormone replacement therapy, which comes in a variety of forms including troches, pills, injections, patches and bio identical pellets. The different versions treat different symptoms but all are designed to improve the quality of life of those going through menopause and are tailored to the individual patient’s needs.

“Each patient is unique and it’s important that we tailor hormone replacement therapy to the individual and try to maximize the benefit of HRT while minimizing any side effects,” Fahy said.

He will discuss these topics more in-depth at the talk while also answering specific questions. In addition, Dr. Fahy will talk about skin care changes that occur during menopause, providing information on skincare services available through his offices with Jessica Thompson Licensed Aesthetician, Licensed Laser Technician, PCA Certified Skin Care, Premier Women’s Skin Care Center.   

A delicious dinner will be served for all attendees with reservations. There is no charge to attend however reservations are required and can be made by calling 251.937.2380.  For more information, call 251.937.2380 or visit www.drfahy.com.

About Premier Women’s Health, Dr. Jeff Fahy, M.D.

Premier Women’s Health is a gynecological practice dedicated to providing comprehensive care through preventive and corrective therapies as well as experienced diagnosis and treatment of related issues with minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical interventions. Premier Women’s Health is led by Dr. Jeff Fahy, a Yale University-trained and board certified gynecologist and pelvic surgeon selected as one of America’s Top GYN doctors by the Consumer Research Council. He specializes in the treatment and surgical intervention of pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, benign pelvic masses and pelvic pain.

With three South Alabama locations, the practice also offers women at all stages of life a wide range of individualized therapies including laser skin care services provided by a licensed esthetician, medical weight loss and effective hormone treatments, including bio-identical hormone pellet therapy. For more information, call 251.937.2380 or visit www.drfahy.com.

Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Fact Sheet

·      Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

·      An estimated 6,000 US women reach menopause every day (over 2 million per year).

·      In 2000, there were an estimated 45.6 million postmenopausal women in the United States. About 40 million of them were older than age 51, the average age of natural menopause in the Western world. 

“Hormone Replacement Therapy: Knowledge and Use in the United States.” CDC, 2001

·      With the decrease in estrogen due to menopause, a woman’s risk for osteoporosis becomes greater because you lose more bone than your body can replace. In general, women 30 to 50 years of age need 1,000 mg of calcium each day. Women older than 50 years of age need 1,200 mg of calcium each day. (American Academy of Family Physicians)

·      Hormone replacement treatment (HRT) in the form of pellets has been around since the 1940s. Fahy has been using this form of treatment in his office since 1997. Fahy specializes in hormone replacement treatment with implantable hormone pellets.  This treatment approach has helped many women who were unable to achieve symptomatic relief with more conventional HRT such as a pill, patches, creams, or injections.

·      Almost half of all postmenopausal women in the U.S. reported having ever used hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Pills were the most often used HRT preparation.

·      Approximately 45 percent of women 40-60 years of age reported receiving counseling from a physician about the pros and cons associated with using HRT after menopause.

·      Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) means manmade hormones that are the same as the hormones the body makes. (womenshealth.gov)

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