Over the years we’ve fielded scores of questions
from women regarding the perimenopausal transition and menopause. The information
one woman needs varies considerably from the next, as there is such a wide spectrum
of changes women undergo.
Because we understand this variation of experience, we try to anticipate our readers’
and patients’ questions and share our thoughts on matters with you. Each one
of us is unique, but with years of counseling women about
menopause behind us, we see common threads. Your questions have prompted
us to ask many of our own, and we all learn from this exchange! Here are some of
hormone tests all returned “normal,” so why don’t I feel
2) My doctor says I’m
not menopausal. So now what?
What is post-menopausal bleeding, and how does it differ from the irregular
bleeding common in perimenopause?
4) I recently stopped estrogen replacement —
why am I losing so much hair?
how hot is a hot flash?
6) How can I
help my husband understand what I’m going through?
Are herbal alternatives safe to use for menopausal symptoms?
Can menopause be delayed?
9) Can I
delay menopause to preserve my fertility?
Can hormone replacement therapy (HRT) stop menopause from happening?
11) If my
periods stop during chemotherapy, am I in menopause?
12) How do I
prevent growing facial hair in menopause?
menopausal hair loss permanent?
14) If I’m on
birth control Pills in perimenopause, will I go through menopause?
15) Will I ever
sex in menopause again?
16) Is there any way to
predict when I’ll go through menopause?
17) Is there a
difference between hot flashes and night sweats?
How long does menopause last?
16) Is there any way to predict when I’ll go through menopause?
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17) Is there a difference between hot flashes and night sweats?
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