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Perimenopausal / Menopause

Obstetrics & Gynecology Li Fan MD, INC -  - Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology Li Fan MD, INC

Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, CA

If you’re in menopause and need relief from hot flashes, insomnia, depression, or anxiety, contact Dr. Li Fan at Obstetrics & Gynecology Li Fan MD, INC in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, California. Dr. Li Fan walks you through the physical and hormonal changes the body undergoes and offers personalized holistic solutions to all your menopausal problems.

If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, painful with sexual intercourse or are having episodes of postmenopausal bleeding then seek care to help address these concerns. 

Visit the clinic or book an appointment online with Dr. Li Fan to discuss an option suitable for your individual needs.

Perimenopausal / Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a transition period in a woman’s life that signals the end of her reproductive capabilities. It’s marked by the permanent cessation of monthly menstrual bleeding.

Every woman will experience menopause, and the process involves a gradual decline in hormonal levels accompanied by many bodily changes.

How do I know if I’ve reached menopause?

You’ve reached menopause if your last period was 12 months previous or have undergone surgical removal of both ovaries because of a medical condition or cancer. Women in the United States experience menopause between the ages of 40 and 58, with the average age being 51.

To date, no simple test can confirm the diagnosis of menopause. Dr.Fan will discuss your history, complete a physical examination, and order laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis of menopause.

Does every woman experience the same symptoms of menopause?  

The journey is different for each woman as she transitions from perimenopause to menopause. So, the symptoms are also varied. The most common symptoms are:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Recurring UTI and incontinence
  • Osteoporosis/osteopenia (weak bones)

How can I get relief from menopause symptoms?

There are many hormones and other prescription medications available for treating bothersome menopause symptoms. With her expertise in bringing in menopause relief, Dr. Fan can customize a treatment plan that will make you feel good again and improve your quality of life. Some of her common treatment modalities include:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Bioidentical hormone therapy
  • Other prescription medications

Is hormone therapy safe?

Hormone therapy is an acceptable option for women who are within 10 years of menopause, experience moderate to severe symptoms, or women up to age 59.

The treatment is individualized based on symptoms and associated medical conditions. For vaginal dryness, topical estrogen is the safest and most effective option. Dr. Fan offers complete menopause relief along with osteoporosis screening.

What is bioidentical hormone therapy?

Bioidentical hormone therapy uses hormones that are derived from natural product to restore your body's hormonal balance. 

If you are seeking relief from troublesome menopause symptoms, call or click to schedule an appointment online today.