Perimenopause, Wait What?

When I turned 40, a friend was constantly asking me, “do you need reading glasses yet?” Actually, I didn’t. And remember feeling that she almost wished I did (we are no longer friends!). But sooner or later, it became harder for me to see the small print in the phone book. Oops. I’m showing my …

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C’mon, Facebook – Own Up and Step Up

Say what you will about Facebook. Whether you are on #teamFB=spawnofsatan or #teamicanlivewithoutoxygenbutnotwithout, the social media giant has had a hold on our society (and lots of others) for years. Despite security breaches that have affected millions of users (and, of late, a democracy or two), the much-maligned behemoth is now facing a new kind …

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Should I be Using an Estrogen Cream?

Estrogen creams are for peri or post-menopausal women experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy. It occurs because of the lower estrogen levels in the blood after menopause. The skin becomes drier and less elastic, causing such symptoms as burning, pain with intercourse, and even urinary incontinence. Estrogen creams work locally, as opposed to hormone replacement therapy …

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More Treatment Options for Post-menopausal Symptoms

There is a new product on the market called Imvexxy, which was developed to treat the dryness that post-menopausal women develop. Although the medication, estradiol, is not new, the delivery system is. Instead of a cream or tablet, this is a vaginal gel cap. It comes in the standard dose (10 mcg), and a lower …

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September Is Menopause Awareness Month

All women know that at some point in their lives, that lovely phase called “menopause” will be upon them. And based on everything they’ve heard, they will likely expect to experience one or more of these common symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, low sex drive, painful intercourse or depression. What if …

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Is The Mona Lisa Safe?

Recently there was an article in the NY Times which challenged the use of lasers for treating vaginal atrophy and other vaginal changes associated with menopause. The Mona Lisa Touch is an FDA approved device, although the treatment of vaginal atrophy is an off-label use of the laser therapy. The article suggested that the laser …

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What Should Go in the Vagina?

We live in the world of internet health, for good and bad. I admit to turning to the internet for medical advice. A rash on my arm, a strange feeling in my chest, and I turn to Dr. Google. However, in the end, the overwhelming amount of advice and strange ideas usually sends me straight …

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Why You Should Consider MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment for postmenopausal vaginal atrophy, which is the thinning of the walls of the vagina caused by decreased estrogen levels. This can often cause vaginal dryness and burning as well as pain during intercourse.  MonaLisa Touch is a simple procedure that is relatively painless and is performed in 3 sessions …

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9 Benefits of Bioidentical Estrogen

Postmenopausal hormone replacement is more than just resolving hot flashes. Estrogen affects everything from your skin to your brain. This is a great article highlighting some of the important effects of estrogen. If you are postmenopausal and struggling with these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your provider to see if you are a good candidate …

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