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Should I talk to my doctor about perimenopause?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
It's a good idea to talk to your doctor about perimenopause so you know what to expect and can prepare for the future. It also makes sense because you want to make sure what you’re experiencing is in fact the transition into menopause and not something else. Some women do not have any noticeable symptoms, but many women do experience physical changes that impact their day-to-day life. If you fall into this category, you'll want to know what treatments and strategies can help. That's why I suggest getting the conversation going early so that when symptoms arise that need attention, you’re armed with information.

Discuss your perimenopausal symptoms with your doctor as part of your regular checkup. Although perimenopause is a normal process that happens naturally as a woman gets older, some of the symptoms can be troubling. Your doctor can help you understand which symptoms are normal and which may be unusually severe or which might indicate a problem. Many perimenopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, can be helped with medication if necessary.

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