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Khanh Perrin, MD

Integrative Functional Medicine Physician located in Beverly Hills, CA

Perimenopause And Menopause Specialist

Each woman reaches perimenopause and menopause in her own time, and each has her own experience with the classic symptoms that come along with the drop in estrogen. Dr. Khanh Perrin has extensive experience helping women prevent hot flashes, low sex drive, and the full range of menopause symptoms using bioidentical hormone treatment. If you have any questions about hormone therapy or menopause, call her office, PerrinMD in Beverly Hills, California, or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.

Perimenopause and Menopause Q & A

by Khanh Perrin, MD

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause begins in the eight to 10 years before you reach menopause. During this time, the amount of estrogen produced by your ovaries begins to fluctuate, then estrogen levels begin to drop steadily in a year or two before your period stops.

Some women continue to have normal menstrual cycles during perimenopause, while others experience changes. Their periods may be longer or shorter than normal, the flow may change, or they may begin to skip periods.

When do you reach menopause?

You reach menopause when your ovaries stop making estrogen. When that happens, eggs aren’t released every month and you stop having menstrual periods. You officially enter menopause after you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Each woman reaches menopause on her own timing, but the average age is 51.

What symptoms occur in perimenopause and menopause?

The symptoms most women associated with menopause can begin during perimenopause and continue for years after they reach menopause. You may experience:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Mood changes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Low sex drive
  • Weight gain and loss of muscle
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Thinning hair

What other symptoms develop following menopause?

Estrogen affects more than your menstrual cycles. It helps keep the vaginal lining elastic and it maintains normal blood flow and lubrication in the vagina. Estrogen also helps preserve bone mass and promotes the production of collagen in your skin.

After menopause, it’s common for women to experience:

  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Osteoporosis

How is menopause treated?

You can relieve all the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, and prevent chronic health problems like osteoporosis and urinary incontinence, by replacing estrogen. Dr. Perrin recommends restoring normal levels of estrogen with bioidentical hormones.

Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as those naturally produced by your body. As a result, they interact in the same way and produce the same results as your own estrogen.

Dr. Perrin prescribes bioidentical hormones made from plants. Since they come from a natural source and they’re functionally identical to natural estrogen, you can safely take bioidentical hormones over the long run to prevent menopause symptoms and maintain your health.

8530 Wilshire Blvd, 250
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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