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Understanding Menopause

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

As women, our hormones are constantly changing. And as we age, we start produce less of the sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When the production of these hormones begins to slow, perimenopause can be the first sign that menopause is approaching.

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause can occur years before menopause officially starts. According to WebMD, perimenopause can last an average of 4 years before menopause begins. Most women notice perimenopause in their 40's.

Common Symptoms:

  • Changes in libido

  • Hot flashes

  • Weight gain

  • Irregular cycles

  • Mood swings

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

Menopause vs. Perimenopause

Menopause does not begin until you have gone a full year without a menstrual cycle. At this point estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone has decreased enough to cease the cycle. Most women enter into menopause in their 50's.

Common Symptoms:

  • Hot flashes

  • Low libido

  • Low energy

  • Vaginal dryness

  • Painful intercourse

  • Insomnia

  • Weight gain/Difficulty losing weight

  • Hair loss or thinning

  • Decreased skin elasticity

What now?

The first step with patients who feel like they have perimenopause or menopause is to get up-to-date blood work. After the blood work is received, an initial appointment is scheduled.

At your initial appointment a full health history is taken and treatment options are discussed.

If you feel like you are in perimenopause or menopause, and want help managing your symptoms, book your free 15 minute consultation here.

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