Ask Dr. Pat · Menopause

Menopause: Getting It Right

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

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  • Maria Jasmine Freeman March 29, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Dr Pat’s advice is valuable and pertinent; much of it can be practiced indeed. Perimenopause symptoms however can be subduing, especially insomnia. Yoghurt was a great help in my case-worked like a sedative, and often I would ingest 2-3 bowls in a row to calm my crawling nerves and muscle and heart burn( mind you, v recent studies point that it decreases breast cancer risk before menopause). Herbal concoction-like orange blossom and sage ameliorate anxiety and depression, and so does anise drinks. It is great if you persevere with a fiber -rich diet, with soy, sesame, chickpeas, nuts, beans, legumes, and dried fruits, all good sources of plant estrogens, to compensate for ovarian estrogen depletion.
    For weight gain, my experience seems unprecedented in this connection. From a nimble girly figure( 4-6 American size), I was acutely turned into a morbidly obese woman( 14 size), and turned bed ridden, literally, while I was continually vomiting. A little weight gain in your case would thus be a blessing.
    Duration of menopause could exceed a decade, especially the earlier perimenopause starts; so don’t be disappointed at any encounter of its treachery.
    I am not here for discouragement, but for trying to be realistic, as too much optimism backfires; it is essential that a woman knows that her symptoms are only part of the “normal” in menopause.
    Most crucial is mindfulness of menopause and its impact, wherein attempt at adaptation and dealing with each day as feasible should be practiced, without frustration added over its pains!
    Dr Hana Fayyad, pediatrician
    Maria Jasmine Freeman.