At the time of perimenopause (the years leading up to the end of menstruation and the first few years after periods stop) is a period when intense symptoms may result from extreme swings in female hormonal levels.
Symptoms in the perimenopause/menopause period
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- vaginal dryness
- change in libido (sex drive)
- urinary frequency/urgency
- mood swings
- difficulty sleeping
- memory problems.
Individual counseling will help determine if hormones and if so which type are most appropriate.
A few years ago, women became afraid of estrogen, after a study called the WHI was published and found some risks in estrogen users. These risks were over exaggerated. Ongoing scientific evidence supports multiple health benefits of estrogen therapy in many women.
Estrogen therapy may be offered as pills, patches, skin gels or intravaginal rings.
Our oriental medicine staff also offer alternative herbal and acupuncture therapies to treat menopausal symptoms.