How To Deal With Menopause Symptoms

Menopause is when a woman’s periods stop occurring. It’s a natural part of aging. It usually occurs between 45 and 55 years old. 

Accompanying it are a couple of symptoms caused by the drop of hormones in the body that can be tricky to manage. That’s why, up next, we’ll talk about some common symptoms and how to deal with them. 

Hot Flashes

Generally characterized by sweating and reddened or pink skin, hot flashes usually happen when women’s estrogen levels are dwindling. Sometimes they’re accompanied by a sense of tension or anxiety. In addition, hot flashes that occur during sleep may greatly deteriorate sleep schedules, causing mood swings and overall fatigue. 

Treating Hot Flashes

  • Try to identify things that trigger hot flashes like caffeine, alcohol, or hot drinks. 
  • Regulate the temperature when indoors to accommodate your temperature changes. 
  • Keep a change of clothes by your bed so you can change easily if you wake up sweaty.

Vaginal Dryness

Hormonal changes have a lot of consequences on your body. One of them is that it makes your vagina dryer and thinner. Luckily, here are a few solutions to mitigate this problem.

Treating Vaginal Dryness

  • Non-prescription, water-based lubricants help a lot with dryness in the area. 
  • Ask your doctor about prescription pills or lubricants for a more thorough treatment. 

Reduced Sex Drive

While often related to stress, tiredness, and even relationship issues, loss of libido or sex drive is a common problem directly linked to reduced hormone levels. Understanding that sex drives vary is very important since there’s no “normal libido”. 

But if your lack of sex drive has been straining your relationship, or it’s affecting you personally, then it’s a good idea to seek a medical opinion and try some hormone therapy.

How To Treat Reduced Sex Drive

Pellet hormone replacement therapy, one of the latest advancements in the hormone therapy world, has become one of the most effective treatments available. 

This treatment is revolutionary for the way hormones are delivered to your body. Using pellets composed of organic plant materials containing estradiol, they’re inserted painlessly inthe hip area. Once inside your body, the pellets release the exact amount of hormones needed to take the levels up to what younger adults would produce. 

Get The Best in Women’s Healthcare

At Costcare, we offer revolutionary treatments for women like pellet hormone replacement therapy. We’re very proud to count on a team of medical experts that will guide you through the process.

At Costcare, we care about women’s health in Missoula. So don’t wait any longer and book an appointment with us. Remember, you deserve it! 


Direct Primary Care vs. Traditional Health Models

Over the years, health insurance plans have become increasingly frustrating and confusing. Patients without insurance and even those that are insured but can’t keep paying absurdly high monthly premiums turn to direct primary care as a better alternative to access medical care.

Direct primary care works as an arrangement made directly between a healthcare provider and a patient. With insurance providers out of the loop, patients and providers alike can rest assured they won’t be obliged to fill out cumbersome insurance claims.  

Without this hassle, it is easy to seewhy more and more Americans are beginning to use direct primary care as a healthcare model. It’s simple and affordable. 

Next up, we’ll measure direct primary care against traditional healthcare models so you can make a more well-informed decision about what’s best for you and your loved ones. 

Traditional Health Models

  • Impersonal: Traditional practices tend to be  less personal. More often than not, relationships with patients are harder to develop because of the volume of people the physician sees, making you feel like just another number on the doctor’s list.
  • Third-party interference: Insurance companies and even the government meddle with the care provided by the physician, effectively leaving you at the hands of non-medical professionals.
  • Hidden charges: Traditional medical models do not show you what you’re paying for. As a result, many people who would prefer to pay out-of-pocket seek care elsewhere.

Direct Primary Care 

  • Personal: DPC practices are usually quite small in numbers. While traditional practices rack up over 2000 patients, a direct primary care clinic has a limit of between 400 and 600 patients. This results in a more patient-oriented practice.
  • Autonomous: DPC provides you with healthcare provided by medical professionals. Your health is in the right hands. 
  • Fee transparency: With DPC, you get what you pay for. The membership fees are as clear as day, and there’ll never be any hidden charges. 

What’s Better For Me?

If you’re still undecided, we’ll help you. With Direct Primary Care, you save money to focus on what matters most: your health. At Costcare, you’ll receive premium healthcare delivered by the best medical professionals in our direct primary care clinics. So don’t wait any longer and get what’s best for you and your loved ones!


Laser Hair Removal: A Complete Guide

Picture this. You have gone over 4 weeks without shaving—no stubble in sight. Your legs are as smooth as can be, and you’ve stopped worrying about razors, ingrown hairs, and all the issues that come with shaving. 

Sounds great, right? Well, this could be you! Laser hair removal makes shaving and all its inconveniences nothing but a bad memory. With just a couple of 20 minutes sessions, unwanted hair will be gone at least 9-12 months, if not longer.  

Up next, we’ll answer a few of the most common questions regarding the process. By the end of it, you’ll know if laser hair removal is for you. But, just a heads up: it probably will be! 

How It Works

Laser hair removal has made many strides forward. Today it is a very practical, painless, and quick process that just works! 

It all starts and ends with the laser. The laser looks out for melanin in your skin, which is usually found at the base of your hair follicles. Once it’s located, the laser goes for the hair follicle root, which houses your hair stem cells. There, the laser converts its light to heat and destroys it completely. The hair dies and eventually falls out. 

How Many Sessions You’ll Need?

There are many laser hair removal technologies available. But if you prioritize efficiency and excellent results, you’ll probably want to use Icon MaxR laser systems. 

When dealing with MaxR laser systems, you’ll probably need 2-4 20 minute sessions that, when taken in context, are insignificant compared to the countless hours you’ve spent shaving through your life.

How Long Do Results Last?

The hair removal process is not permanent since hair growth is a hormonal process. However, if done correctly, the treatment can last from 9 to 12 months, if not longer.

Is It Worth It?

If you consider all the money spent on shaving products, having 2 to 4 sessions done once a year seems like the smarter investment. 

When You Look Better, You Feel Better

Laser hair removal is, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding procedures you can go through to look your best! 

At CostCare, we care about you. That’s why we offer the best laser hair removal in Missoula. We have top-of-the-line equipment like the Icon MaxR and the best professionals. Look and feel more confident with our laser hair removal in Missoula. Contact us and get a free consultation!