Women are well aware that they will go through a quick and dramatic loss of hormones as they transition into menopause. Toni Harrison, MD, ABAARM, FAARM, at Incredible Health effectively treats women experiencing the effects of menopause using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, low libido, and muscle weakness. To schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in Paradise Valley, Arizona. We are happy to serve our patients in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, and Phoenix, AZ.

Menopause Q&A

When do women reach menopause?

Menopause is often thought of as a period of transition, but it’s in the months leading up to menopause (known as perimenopause) that symptoms usually begin. 

Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 58, but the average age of menopause is 52. Women tend to start experiencing menopausal symptoms beginning in their early 40s, though some women may start experiencing symptoms in their late 30s. 

You’ve officially entered menopause after going 12 consecutive months without having a menstrual period. Women who have been diagnosed with hormonal imbalances and conditions like endometriosis often experience menopause much earlier and have more severe symptoms than women who have fewer issues.

What symptoms develop during menopause?

In the years before (perimenopause), during, and after menopause, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Low sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Urinary incontinence

Some women have few menopause symptoms, while others can’t sleep or concentrate at work due to severe hot flashes. When levels of estrogen drop, the tissues lining your vagina become thin, dry, and fragile, a condition called vaginal atrophy. Estrogen also regulates the health of many tissues throughout your body. As a result, menopause increases your risk of weight gain and developing problems like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

How is menopause treated?

While menopause is a normal part of growth and aging as a woman, there are ways to combat some of the unpleasant symptoms that arise with menopause. Dr. Harrison prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore hormone levels back to their normal range. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as the hormones your body normally produces. As a result, bioidentical hormones are metabolized the same way as your own hormones, which ensures optimal health.

Your bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is administered using tiny pellets. Dr. Harrison implants a pellet under your skin, where it consistently releases small doses of hormones for several months.

If you experience the symptoms associated with menopause, call Incredible Health or click on the online booking tab to schedule an appointment.