Menopause Specialist

Metropolitan Women's Center

Gigi Hafizi, MD

OB-GYN located in Annandale, VA

Whether you already feel the hot flashes and mood swings or just have questions as you approach menopause, it’s comforting to have a doctor who listens and offers the best treatment for this life transition. At Metropolitan Women’s Center in Annandale, Virginia, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, counsels and treats women on how to best handle their unique menopause experiences. If you need advice or treatment for menopausal symptoms, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Metropolitan Women’s Center today.

Menopause Q&A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural process that culminates at the end of your menstrual cycles. You officially reach menopause after 12 months go by without a menstrual period.

The average age for women to reach menopause in the United States is 51, but it can happen in your 40s or 50s. Premature menopause occurs when your periods stop before age 40, which can occur naturally or as a result of medical conditions or treatments.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Although it's a natural biological process, menopause may create a variety of physical and emotional symptoms. In the months or years approaching menopause, you may experience these common signs and symptoms, some of which continue post-menopause:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Thinning hair
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dry skin
  • Chills

What are complications of menopause?

Menopause increases your risk of certain medical conditions, which is why it’s critical to continue seeing Dr. Hafizi for regular wellness exams throughout this time.

Possible complications of menopause include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weight gain

What is premature ovarian failure?

Premature ovarian failure (POF) happens when your ovaries stop working before you turn 40. This condition is different from premature menopause because you may still have occasional periods with POF. It’s even possible to get pregnant with POF, although most women require fertility treatments to do so.

Missed periods is the first symptom of POF. Later symptoms may resemble natural menopause, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Night sweats
  • Poor concentration
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal dryness

How do you treat premature ovarian failure?

The cause of POF is unknown, but Dr. Hafizi may recommend treatments that help you cope with the symptoms. She may suggest any of the following treatments:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Regular exercise and healthy body weight
  • Calcium and vitamin D supplements
  • Emotional support

How do you treat menopause symptoms?

Dr. Hafizi works with you to develop a menopause treatment plan customized to your specific needs. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, these treatments may include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Bioidentical hormones
  • Alternative therapies
  • Topical creams, lotions, or gels that contain hormones


If you’re looking for help with menopausal symptoms, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.