Dr Melissa Delgado, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Perimenopause and menopause

Perimenopause marks the transitional phase leading up to menopause, a natural biological process that typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55. During this time, the ovaries gradually produce less oestrogen, leading to irregular menstrual cycles and various physical and emotional symptoms. While not all women will require treatment for perimenopause, some may find relief through lifestyle modifications, hormonal therapy, or non-hormonal alternatives.

At Dr. Delgado’s practice, women experiencing perimenopausal symptoms can find expert guidance and tailored treatment plans to manage their symptoms effectively. With a focus on holistic women’s health, Dr. Delgado emphasises personalised care to address each patient’s unique needs and concerns.

Lifestyle modifications play a crucial role in managing perimenopausal symptoms. This includes maintaining a healthy diet rich in nutrients, regular exercise to support overall well-being, managing stress through relaxation techniques or mindfulness practices, and prioritising sufficient sleep each night.

For women experiencing more severe symptoms, hormonal therapy may be recommended. Menopause hormonal therapy (MHT) involves replacing oestrogen and sometimes progesterone to alleviate symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Dr. Delgado ensures that any hormone therapy prescribed is carefully tailored to the individual patient, taking into account their medical history, preferences and risk factors.

However, hormonal therapy may not be suitable for all women due to factors such as personal medical history or increased risk of certain health conditions. In such cases, non-hormonal alternatives may be explored. These can include medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) to manage mood swings and depression, as well as vaginal moisturisers or lubricants to relieve vaginal dryness and discomfort.

Dr. Delgado’s approach to perimenopausal care is comprehensive, focusing on symptom management and promoting overall health and wellbeing. Through regular monitoring and adjustments to treatment plans as needed, patients can expect to navigate the perimenopausal transition with greater ease and comfort.

It’s important for women approaching perimenopause to seek guidance from a qualified healthcare provider like Dr. Delgado. With expertise in women’s health and a commitment to patient-centred care, Dr. Delgado offers the support and resources to help women navigate this significant life stage with confidence and vitality.

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