Perimenopause and menopause

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 21 at 4:58 PM

Perimenopause and menopause are natural biological processes that every women will go through at some point in their life.

Perimenopause is the time before a woman hits menopause which some people go through six months before to anywhere up to 10 years before menopause. They are not medical illnesses.

Perimenopause and menopause share the same symptoms of hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain, decreased libido or sex drive and dryness in certain parts of the body.

The average age of menopause is 51.

If you are experiencing symptoms you believe might be related to perimenopause or menopause, Dr. Armity Simon recommends speaking to your doctor.

Dr. Simon said there are many ways to get through menopause and perimenopause. Treatments vary from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy.

Many women do hormone replacement therapy or go on birth control to help control levels of estrogen and testosterone in your body. Sometimes changes in diet might be the answer.

A few years back studies came out claiming women on estrogen or progesterone had an increased risk for breast cancer but Dr. Simon said those effects are minimal.

Using testosterone or estrogen can give women increased energy and keep them feeling well during perimenopause and menopause.

Some people who start on a treatment during perimenopause might eventually be able to ween off hormone replacement when they hit menopause.

It is important to be checked periodically to make sure you are not at risk for other problems while you are being treated.

Dr. Simon insists that women don't have to suffer through the stages of perimenopause and menopause. Your doctor can formulate a treatment specifically for an individual to alleviate symptoms.

Dr. Simon is one of a handful of OB/GYNs in North Scottsdale that can claim years of experience in the delivery room, the office and the operating room for all aspects of women’s health. Experience counts in all aspects of our lives, especially in the quality of care provided to you as a patient.

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