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Panama City, Fla. -

Menopause causes major changes in a woman's life.  The latest advancements in the management of menopause symptoms are helping women feel better during this time.

Dr. Deborah Edgeworth from Coastal OBGYN says menopause symptoms include the following:

  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Skin and hair changes
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Hot flashes 

Dr. Edgeworth says hot flashes are what most women dread the most.

"In a room that's perfectly cool, they suddenly have a flush of heat that goes from their toes to the ends of their hair follicles," she explains.

However, there are medications available that can help women deal with symptoms.  Dr. Edgeworth says one of the latest advancements includes hormone replacement that's not a pill.  She explains that hormone replacement is now available in cream, spray or gel form.

"There are also studies that show medicines other than hormones can help symptoms of menopause.  For example, Zoloft is an anti-depressant that will help hot flashes in 60 to 80 percent of women, whether or not they're depressed," Dr. Edgeworth says.

Bay Medical-Sacred Heart is hosting the Red Hot Mamas Program for women with questions about menopause.

Dr. Edgeworth encourages women to attend, "The great thing about Red Hot Mamas is it's not just an opportunity for a woman to have interaction with a physician to hear about a topic and ask questions, but it's also an opportunity to get women together who are experiencing menopause and share how they're dealing with things."

The next Red Hot Mamas event is Thursday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m.  The event will be held in the Bay Medical Center Medical Office Building Auditorium.  It's free to attend, but you are asked to register by calling 747-6541.