Menopause Specialist

Park Avenue Women's Center

OB-GYNs located in Yorkville, Upper East Side, New York, NY

Menopause marks a woman’s inevitable passage from her childbearing years into her nonreproductive years. While some women make this transition with ease, others are plagued by life-altering symptoms due to the change in their body chemistries. The team of OB/GYNS at Park Avenue Women’s Center, including Dr. Gila Leiter, Dr. Shari Leipzig, and Dr. Douglas Moss, provides women in the New York City area with the tools they need to enjoy their later years. If menopause is disrupting your life, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Menopause Q & A

Park Avenue Women's Center

What is menopause?

Menopause is your body’s journey out of its reproductive years when your ovaries cease to produce eggs and your estrogen production diminishes. You’re considered to be through menopause when you haven’t had your period for 12 months.

Most women begin this journey in their late 40s with perimenopause and reach full menopause at an average age of 51.


What are the symptoms of menopause?

While the main feature of menopause is the cessation of egg production, it’s the drop in estrogen that leads to the most common symptoms of menopause, including:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep issues
  • Vaginal atrophy or dryness
  • Depression
  • Incontinence problems
  • Bone density loss, or osteoporosis
  • Hair loss
  • Thinning tissue


Every woman experiences menopause differently, so the severity and duration of these symptoms vary widely from one woman to the next.


How is menopause treated?

The OB/GYNs at Park Avenue Women’s Center take a holistic and tailored approach to treating your menopause symptoms, which includes:

  • Patient education
  • Nutrition and exercise guidance
  • Hormone replacement therapy, if necessary
  • Topical hormonal therapy
  • MonaLisa Touch® for vaginal dryness and atrophy
  • Sleep disorder therapies


With an emphasis on education, your doctor shows you how making a few lifestyle changes can minimize adverse systemic effects and maximize your quality of life. For example, diet and exercise are effective in keeping the symptoms of menopause at bay, or at least to a minimum, and help keep you healthy and active during this time.

The team also provides valuable screening tools for osteoporosis to assess any bone loss and take steps to slow it down. The team at Park Avenue Women’s Center offers bone densitometry, or DEXA, with state-of-the-art equipment and can also evaluate and treat bone loss using medication as well as holistic approaches such as dietary and exercise recommendations.

Some of the undertreated symptoms of menopause are mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings, as well as sleep disruption. At Park Avenue Women’s Center, the OB/GYNs understand that menopause can exact both a physical and mental toll, and they provide depression screening in addition to anxiety and stress-management tools.

Don’t let the menopause symptoms hamper your ability to enjoy life during your later years. Call the office or use online scheduling to book an appointment today.