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Perimenopause & Menopause

Are you experiencing the ups and downs of perimenopause? You're not alone. Dr. Mohini Prasad is a qualified Women’s Health General Practitioner in The Gap, here to guide you through this transitional phase with compassion, expertise, and personalised care. You can book an appointment online via HotDoc or by calling 07 3300 3799.

What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is a natural transition that marks the journey toward menopause. It's characterised by fluctuating hormone levels, particularly a decrease in estrogen production by the ovaries. This phase typically begins in a woman's 40s but can start earlier for some and last for several years. During perimenopause, you may experience symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, and changes in libido.

Understanding the Difference Between Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause is often confused with menopause, but there's a distinction to be made. While perimenopause is the transitional period leading up to menopause, menopause itself is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months. Once you've gone a full year without a period, you've reached menopause.

Why Does Perimenopause Happen?

Perimenopause occurs as a natural part of the aging process when the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen. This hormonal shift is preparing your body for the eventual cessation of menstruation and the end of fertility.

Diagnosing Perimenopause

You may not always need a formal diagnosis for perimenopause, as many women recognise and manage the symptoms without medical intervention. However, if your symptoms are affecting your quality of life, you may wish to seek guidance from a healthcare provider. Warning signs that warrant medical attention include abnormal bleeding, blood clots, or emotional symptoms that interfere with your daily activities.

Treatment Options for Perimenopause

Dr. Mohini Prasad can recommend various treatment options to alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall well-being. These may include:

• Medication to relieve hot flashes

• Vaginal creams to address discomfort and dryness

• Birth control pills to regulate hormone levels and reduce symptoms

• Contraception advice if required

• Estrogen therapy in various forms, such as creams, patches, or pills

• Antidepressants to manage mood swings and depression

Dr. Mohini Prasad will work closely with you to develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and preferences. Additionally, she can offer guidance on lifestyle adjustments, including diet, exercise, and stress management techniques, to help you navigate perimenopause more smoothly.

Book Your Appointment Today

If you're struggling with perimenopause symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Mohini Prasad for compassionate and comprehensive care. You can conveniently schedule your appointment online via HotDoc or by calling 07 3300 3799. Take the first step toward feeling like yourself again with expert support from Dr. Mohini Prasad.

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