Long before menopause ever sets in, some women may start gradually experiencing changes in their monthly cycle. This transitional period, known as perimenopause, can mimic the symptoms of menopause and may require professional medical assistance to manage! This is a perfectly natural phenomenon that every woman will experience, just in their own unique way! The NIH estimates that roughly 90% of women experiencing perimenopause symptoms will consult a health professional, so it is perfectly normal to seek help!
Leita Harris, MD, of Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness has years of experience in diagnosing and treating the symptoms or perimenopause. Using her expertise, she can help guide you through this challenging time and find an ideal solution unique to your condition to resolve symptoms.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is the period of changes that occur before you actually enter menopause. This natural transition stage begins marking the end of your reproductive years and can occur as early as your mid-30s and into your 40s.
During perimenopause, your estrogen levels rise and fall in uneven patterns throughout the month. You might start noticing that your periods are becoming shorter, or even longer and that you start experiencing menopause-like symptoms. It’s common to stay in the perimenopause stage for years, long before menopause ever sets in.
How is Perimenopause Diagnosed?
At Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness, Dr. Harris can generally diagnose perimenopause by performing a physical examination, conducting a blood draw to check your hormone levels, and discussing your symptoms with you. Perimenopause can cause any of the following issues:
- Irregular periods
- Sleeping problems
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Urinary incontinence
These perimenopause symptoms may vary from month to month, depending on your hormonal changes. Plus, you’re still fertile during perimenopause, although you might find that it’s harder to get pregnant, which could result in needing fertility treatments.
Treatment Options for Perimenopause Symptoms
Absolutely! Dr. Harris specializes in stabilizing your hormone levels and getting to the root of why you’re experiencing perimenopause symptoms, so she can start working with you on personalized treatment options.
One of the most effective perimenopause treatment solutions is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with SottoPelle® pellets. The breakthrough technology behind SottoPelle BHRT involves implanting pellets underneath your skin. This treatment delivers natural hormones directly to your bloodstream 24/7, so you never have to worry about hormonal fluctuations and the continuing return of severe symptoms.
Dr. Harris also offers bioidentical hormone creams, suppositories, and other formularies that can target specific symptoms (like vaginal dryness). You have so many options available for relief at Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness, you won’t have to worry about living with perimenopause symptoms another day.
Get relief from perimenopausal symptoms by requesting your evaluation at Nurturing You Women’s Health & Wellness today. Request your evaluation with Dr. Harris through the online scheduler, or by calling/texting the office.
Ready to Speak With a Professional About Perimenopause?
If you feel you are experiencing the early stages of Perimenopause or have questions you would like to be answered, the team of specialists at Nurturing You Women’s Health and Wellness is here to help! We have years of experience diagnosing and recognizing early indications of perimenopause and have the advice to help you adjust!