Menopause services offered on Upper East Side, New York, NY

Menopause is one of life’s major transitional periods for women, which marks the completion of your menstrual cycle. At TārāMD in the Upper East Side area of Manhattan in New York City, Suzanne Fenske, MD, FACOG, provides functional and integrative care to reduce symptoms and make the transition as smooth as it can possibly be. To get help managing the symptoms that come before menopause, call TārāMD or schedule an appointment online today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the phase in your life when you stop ovulating. You also stop producing some of the hormones involved in menstruation and ovulation, like estrogen and progesterone. In fact, menopause influences many hormones in your body aside from sex hormones, like cortisol and thyroid hormones. 

Most women reach menopause in their early fifties, but some reach it earlier or later. TārāMD takes a positive approach to menopause and encourages you to get excited for the transition into your next vibrant phase of life regardless of the age it happens. 

You know you’ve officially reached menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period for at least 12 consecutive months. 

How will I know when menopause is getting close?

Around a decade or so before menopause starts, you enter a phase called perimenopause. This transitional period involves many hormone fluctuations that can be uncomfortable and cause over 34 possible symptoms. 

Your periods become irregular during perimenopause as they gradually reduce in frequency. At the same time, you might get symptoms like:

  • Insomnia
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Skin changes
  • Anxiety

Symptoms that happen as you approach menopause can vary from mild to severe. If your symptoms are disruptive to your life, you can manage them with functional and integrative care. 

How can I reduce the symptoms that come before menopause?

Integrative medicine is a unique yet highly effective approach for managing symptoms of menopause and keeping you comfortable as you enter this new phase. It combines conventional practices like medications and surgery when needed with alternative treatments and lifestyle changes that are all beneficial in their own ways. 

A care plan for menopause symptoms at TārāMD might involve:

  • Nutrition
  • Herbal supplements
  • Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
  • Mind-body tools (e.g., yoga, meditation)
  • Acupuncture

Your personalized medical care, with or without the use of hormones, is based on a combination of your goals, medical history, symptoms, and genetics. 

If you’d like to learn more about menopause and the treatments available to you for its symptoms, call TārāMD or schedule your appointment online.