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Menopause is inevitable in every woman’s life. The term “menopause” describes many changes a woman experiences either just before or after she stops having a period, marking the end of her ability to have children. Our team helps women over 35 ease into this natural progression with greater ease.

When you work with us, you’ll learn the latest science in menopause treatments, and self-care strategies to managing your symptoms. Based on your medical history and lifestyle, we’ll help you choose from hormone and non-hormone therapies to improve physical symptoms, mood, metabolism, digestion, and stress.

Telemedicine Option

We are offering telemedicine (phone) appointments for menopause concerns. You’ll meet by phone with our member of our clinical team. Call us at 763-587-7000.

Menopause Symptoms

Menopause usually occurs after age of 45. However some women experience hormonal changes several years before the start of “true” menopause, defined by the absence of your period for a year. While menopause-related changes vary woman to woman, here are some common symptoms.

  • Changes in your period
  • Breast tenderness
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Trouble sleeping, or insomnia
  • Mood swings or irritability
  • Increased anxiety
  • Trouble focusing
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful sex
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Frequent need to use the bathroom

There are many non-hormonal therapies to help relieve menopause symptoms. Based on your lifestyle and medical history, we’ll help you sort through those that are a good fit for you.

Therapies might include one or more of these:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutrition
  • Complementary therapies
  • Sleep & mood management strategies
  • Non-hormonal prescription medications
  • Vaginal lubricants

Wondering if hormone therapies are for you? Have concerns about the safety and effectiveness of hormones? Get your questions answered and learn the latest science about this popular approach to relieving menopause symptoms.

Many women choose to use a low dose of estrogen or progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone) hormone therapy, which can help to relieve hot flashes and/or night sweats, trouble sleeping, vaginal dryness and mood swings.

Hormone therapy may reduce your risk osteoporosis and other conditions linked with a decrease in estrogen, such as colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

What you eat during this time in your life can make a difference in the symptoms you experience. Learn to use food as medicine to manage hormonal changes during menopause. Work with our registered dietician to:

  • Avoid or manage menopausal weight gain
  • Navigate hormonal changes with a healthy diet
  • Weight loss after age 50
  • Lifestyle strategies for incontinence and bladder concerns

Some menopause therapies may not be a good fit for you. Pre-existing conditions may make it unsafe for some women. Hormone therapy does not prevent heart disease and it can increase the risk of blood clots. Prolonged use may also increase the risk of breast cancer.

Our providers will see you at our clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, and Crystal.

If you are pre-menopause or in menopause, talk with your provider about options that are a good fit for you.

Make a list of the questions or concerns you have about menopause and treatment options before your appointment with your provider. At your visit, we’ll do our best to help sort through your options.

  • What are my treatment options? We offer non-hormonal and hormonal options, or a combination thereof.
  • Do you offer non-traditional (alternative) therapies? Yes, we do. Talk to your provider about your interests.
  • What non-hormonal options are available to me? The good news is that you have a lot of choice. Non-hormonal options range from lifestyle changes and nutrition, to exercise, over-the-counter medicines and lubricants.
  • What are the side effects? Depending on the the therapy, there may be side effects. Talk with your provider to learn more.
  • Are they effective? Many women find symptom relief with menopause treatment. Every woman is different, which is why it’s a good idea to find a good fit for you by experimenting with a number of options.
  • Are they safe? Menopause treatments are generally safe. That said, depending on your medical history, some treatments are not appropriate for every woman. Talk with your provider about your risk.
  • How much do they cost? Cost varies according to treatment option. Talk with you provider and your insurance company to better understand potential costs.
  • Are therapies are covered by insurance? Some therapies are covered by insurance while others are not. We encourage you to check with your insurance company.
  • Do you offer osteoporosis screening? Menopause-related changes in hormone levels can impact bone health, leading to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones have lost minerals, especially calcium. This condition causes the bones to become weak, brittle and susceptible to breaking. The US Preventive Task Force recommends that women who weigh less than 154 pounds should be screened for osteoporosis beginning at age 60. Women who do not fit these parameters should begin regular screenings at age 65.If you’re experiencing pre-menopause or menopausal changes, talk with your provider about an osteoporosis screening. We will connect you to a helpful resource.
Non-hormonal Therapies for Menopause

There are many non-hormonal therapies to help relieve menopause symptoms. Based on your lifestyle and medical history, we’ll help you sort through those that are a good fit for you.

Therapies might include one or more of these:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Nutrition
  • Complementary therapies
  • Sleep & mood management strategies
  • Non-hormonal prescription medications
  • Vaginal lubricants
Hormone Therapy for Menopause

Wondering if hormone therapies are for you? Have concerns about the safety and effectiveness of hormones? Get your questions answered and learn the latest science about this popular approach to relieving menopause symptoms.

Many women choose to use a low dose of estrogen or progestin (a synthetic form of progesterone) hormone therapy, which can help to relieve hot flashes and/or night sweats, trouble sleeping, vaginal dryness and mood swings.

Hormone therapy may reduce your risk osteoporosis and other conditions linked with a decrease in estrogen, such as colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutrition for Menopause

What you eat during this time in your life can make a difference in the symptoms you experience. Learn to use food as medicine to manage hormonal changes during menopause. Work with our registered dietician to:

  • Avoid or manage menopausal weight gain
  • Navigate hormonal changes with a healthy diet
  • Weight loss after age 50
  • Lifestyle strategies for incontinence and bladder concerns
Understanding Risks

Some menopause therapies may not be a good fit for you. Pre-existing conditions may make it unsafe for some women. Hormone therapy does not prevent heart disease and it can increase the risk of blood clots. Prolonged use may also increase the risk of breast cancer.

Where We See You

Our providers will see you at our clinics in Maple Grove, Blaine, Plymouth, and Crystal.

What You Can Expect

If you are pre-menopause or in menopause, talk with your provider about options that are a good fit for you.

Make a list of the questions or concerns you have about menopause and treatment options before your appointment with your provider. At your visit, we’ll do our best to help sort through your options.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor
  • What are my treatment options? We offer non-hormonal and hormonal options, or a combination thereof.
  • Do you offer non-traditional (alternative) therapies? Yes, we do. Talk to your provider about your interests.
  • What non-hormonal options are available to me? The good news is that you have a lot of choice. Non-hormonal options range from lifestyle changes and nutrition, to exercise, over-the-counter medicines and lubricants.
  • What are the side effects? Depending on the the therapy, there may be side effects. Talk with your provider to learn more.
  • Are they effective? Many women find symptom relief with menopause treatment. Every woman is different, which is why it’s a good idea to find a good fit for you by experimenting with a number of options.
  • Are they safe? Menopause treatments are generally safe. That said, depending on your medical history, some treatments are not appropriate for every woman. Talk with your provider about your risk.
  • How much do they cost? Cost varies according to treatment option. Talk with you provider and your insurance company to better understand potential costs.
  • Are therapies are covered by insurance? Some therapies are covered by insurance while others are not. We encourage you to check with your insurance company.
  • Do you offer osteoporosis screening? Menopause-related changes in hormone levels can impact bone health, leading to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones have lost minerals, especially calcium. This condition causes the bones to become weak, brittle and susceptible to breaking. The US Preventive Task Force recommends that women who weigh less than 154 pounds should be screened for osteoporosis beginning at age 60. Women who do not fit these parameters should begin regular screenings at age 65.If you’re experiencing pre-menopause or menopausal changes, talk with your provider about an osteoporosis screening. We will connect you to a helpful resource.

Our team is committed to helping you be and stay healthy.
Call 763-587-7000 or book online today.

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