Menopause Specialist

Rudolf Novak, MD, FRCSC, ARDMS -  - OB/GYN

Rudolf Novak, MD, FRCSC, ARDMS

OB/GYN located in Thunder Bay, ON

The average woman experiences menopause in her 40s or 50s. If you’re entering the menopause stage, Dr. Rudolf Novak helps make this transition easier at his practice in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With knowledge about hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle guidance, and various other modalities, he minimizes the uncomfortable side effects of menopause. Ask your provider to refer you to Dr. Novak.

Menopause Q & A

Am I in menopause?

Menopause typically happens gradually during a period called perimenopause, when menstruation may become unpredictable — either occurring more or less frequently with more or less flow.

As your hormone levels fluctuate during the months or years leading up to menopause, you may notice other side effects, such as weight gain, mood changes, or sleep disturbances. Once you’ve gone a full year without a period, you’ve likely entered menopause.

What can I expect during menopause?

Menopause marks the end of your reproductive years. It’s when menstruation and egg release stop. A sharp drop in reproductive hormones like estrogen also occurs and affects you biologically and emotionally.

The decline in estrogen may cause you to experience the following:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Incontinence

Is there anything that makes menopause easier?

Dr. Novak helps you manage the symptoms of menopause when they interfere with your daily life or cause discomfort. He provides hormone replacement therapy, medication, laser therapy, and self-care guidance.

Hormone replacement therapy

The decrease in estrogen contributes to many changes during menopause. Hormone replacement therapy makes this transition much easier. Dr. Novak can prescribe you estrogen in pill, patch, cream, or oral form to help ease hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Laser therapy

If you suffer from vaginal dryness or pain during intimate moments, you may benefit from the MonaLisa® Touch laser procedure. This laser treatment rejuvenates your vaginal tissues, improving lubrication and functionality.


Physical activity, a balanced diet, stress-relieving activities, and other self-care strategies improve your quality of life. Dr. Novak recommends techniques to help you moderate menopause symptoms and prevent health problems.

For medical guidance to navigate the menopause experience, ask your provider to refer you to Dr. Novak.