Are You Feeling Like a Hot Mess?

“I’m a hot mess.”  That’s what a recent patient said to me when I asked about her perimenopausal symptoms. She continued,  “I even have a whole stack of t-shirts beside my bed.  That way I can take off my soaked t-shirt and put on a fresh one during the night!  I’m...

Menopause 101: Top 5 Symptoms

 Let’s review some of the main points we have covered so far. The average age of menopause is age 51, but can occur between the ages of 45-64. Menopause marks the time in a woman’s life where she goes from a reproductive state to a non-reproductive state – meaning she...

The Truth about Hormone Therapy

The Truth about Hormone Therapy There is a lot of misinformation out there and women are searching for reliable sources of information.  I’ve made this quick quiz to check out YOUR knowledge about Hormone Therapy (HT). True or False;       Estrogen therapy causes...

Is it Depression or Perimenopause? Or Both?

As you remember, Christy was suffering from symptoms of depression and was feeling “lost”.  She turned to me, a board-certified Ob/Gyn, to help clarify what was going on with her and recommend possible treatment. When Christy returned for her lab follow-up, I asked a...

Why Does Menopause Happen?

I’m asked every day… “Dr. Hoppe, why do I have to go through menopause?”  The answer is every woman will – if she lives to the average of 51, with the range of approximately 42 – 58 years of age.  It’s a natural transition from a reproductive stage of life to a...

Vaginal Dryness, Heart Disease & HRT

 Q: Dr. Diana – I’m using vaginal estradiol for my vaginal dryness – like you recommended! But, do I also need to use Progesterone to protect my uterus? Great question!  The answer depends on what type of vagina treatment you are using.  If it is a form of vaginal...

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