Menopause Specialist

Terese S. Harris, MD

Bioidentical Hormone Specialist & Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA

Menopause may be a natural part of growing older, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept disruptive symptoms as inevitable. Terese Harris, MD, FACOG, offers comprehensive hormone testing and replacement to women in the community of Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, and throughout Orange County. If you’d like to have a hormone workup and receive treatment that relieves menopause symptoms, schedule your one-on-one consultation online or by phone today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a time of transition in a woman’s life that marks the end of her reproductive years. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but it can begin anytime in your 40s or 50s.

The medical community defines the onset of menopause as 12 months after you stop having a menstrual period. Symptoms often begin much earlier, however, and vary from one woman to the next. 

Perimenopause is the period of time leading up to full menopause. For some women, uncomfortable symptoms develop during this stage, which can begin as early as age 35.

What are some common symptoms of menopause?

Every woman has a unique experience of menopause, and your symptoms can differ from those of friends and even close female relatives. Some changes that might indicate the onset of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disruption
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Brain fog
  • Dry skin
  • Thinning hair

Most women experience several symptoms, although some may be far more disruptive than others. 

What can be done to treat menopause?

If symptoms begin to interfere with your normal daily routines, it may be time to consider treatment. Hormone replacement therapy is a great way to restore hormonal balance. 

Dr. Harris begins by discussing your symptoms in detail. She also performs a thorough measurement of your current hormone levels to see where improvements can be made. 

Customized hormone replacement therapy requires careful monitoring and a willingness to make adjustments as needed. Dr. Harris’ unrushed approach and attention to detail are why so many women entrust her with their menopause management needs. 

This should be a time of celebration filled with opportunities to pursue goals and hobbies there wasn’t time for in your 30s and 40s. Don’t let hormonal imbalance derail those pursuits when there is safe and effective treatment available. 

To learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you move through the menopause transition with ease, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.

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