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Menopause Specialist

Interior Women's Health -  - Board Certified OB-GYNS, Midwives & Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Interior Women's Health

Board Certified OB-GYNS, Midwives & Advanced Nurse Practitioners located in Fairbanks, AK

Menopause is a normal biological process. However, many women struggle with the symptoms that come with the “change of life.” Dedicated to providing comprehensive women’s health care throughout every stage of life, Karl Baurick, MD, FACOG, and Doris Heilman, MD, FACOG, at Interior Women's Health offer many treatments to help women manage their menopause symptoms so they can continue to enjoy their active lifestyle. For management of your menopause, contact the office in Fairbanks, Alaska, by phone or online today.

Menopause Q&A

What is menopause?

Menopause marks the time in a woman’s life when she’s no longer able to get pregnant. You reach menopause when you’ve gone 12 months in a row without your period. On average, women in the United States reach menopause by age 50-51.

Though menopause has a set start date, you may experience symptoms associated with menopause well before you stop menstruating altogether. During this time period, called perimenopause, your body’s production of estrogen fluctuates.

Perimenopause may start in your 30s or 40s. However, most women begin the transition to menopause in their mid to late 40s. 

What are menopause symptoms?

Though menopause symptoms are well-known, the type and severity of your symptoms may vary. Some women breeze through menopause without skipping a beat, while others may experience severe symptoms that disrupt daily life. 

Some of the most common menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness

In addition to the physical symptoms you experience, the change in your hormone levels also increases your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease and osteoporosis. 

Even if you’re not experiencing severe, life-altering menopausal symptoms, you need ongoing medical care and management of your menopause to optimize health and wellness. 

What can I expect during a menopause consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive and compassionate consultation when you come to see the team at Interior Women's Health for the management of your menopause. During your consultation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, gynecological history, and medical history.

They also conduct a physical and pelvic exam and may run lab work to assess hormone levels and determine the best treatment options. 

What measures ease the symptoms of menopause?

You can’t stop menopause. However, the team at Interior Women's Health offers many innovative treatments to help you manage your symptoms. 

Treatment options may include:

  • BioTe® hormone pellets
  • Traditional hormone therapy
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Exercise program
  • Nutritional supplements
  • MonaLisa Touch®  
  • Clonidine for hot flashes
  • Gabapentin for hot flashes
  • Low-dose antidepressant

The goal of your treatment plan is to alleviate your menopause symptoms and optimize health and wellness. 

For comprehensive menopause management from a team that encourages you to take a proactive role in your health, call Interior Women's Health or use the online scheduling tool to book your menopause consultation.