Don't face menopause alone — find a specialist to help navigate your physical and hormonal changes
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Finding a perimenopause and menopause specialist can be a daunting task. How do you know you'll be satisfied? What if you don't agree with your doctor? With all the trash floating around the Internet, where do you even begin to look for one? Keep in mind this may not be the doctor that delivered your babies.
First, check the Menopause Doctor Directory on shmirshky.com. It has a list of doctors recommended by YOU-satisfied patients-and finding one is as easy as typing in your zip code. If you can't find a doctor close enough in our directory, ask your friends or family if they have any recommendations, ask a doctor that you know excels in his or her field, use local media like magazines or message boards, or check the practitioners at the North American Menopause Society. The great thing about doctors is that if you're unsatisfied, no divorce papers are needed to go on to the next one!
Because every woman's body is different, experiences in perimenopause and menopause vary.The approaches to treatment are as different as ice cream flavors and even if rocky road works for close friends and family, you may be more of a neapolitan kind of gal. Depending on your menopause symptoms, doctors will recommend different methods.
The most important thing to remember when entering this stage in your life is that you know your body best and you have the final say.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a very popular measure that women take for relief from common symptoms. Bioidentical hormones have the same makeup as the body's natural hormones. There has been a lot of discussion on HRT in recent years, and you should research all the options with your specialist before making a decision.
Some women would rather adhere to natural remedies, such as soy products. Soy products contain isoflavones that may be beneficial for symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and night sweats. Their effectiveness is not 100% proven, but some women do attest to their soothing qualities.
The intensity and duration of symptoms vary from person to person. For some women, these symptoms go away over time without treatment, and other women need to take a more proactive approach. There are several options available to women and with the help of a specialist; you can find the right one. Unfortunately, there won't be any billboards telling you which exit to take, but once you program your personal GPS, you'll be living the menopausal dream in no time!
About the Author:
Ellen Sarver Dolgen (aka "E") is the author of Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness, a cut-to-the-chase book filled with crucial information and hilarious and heartfelt stories about perimenopause and menopause.
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