Life Doesn’t End When Your Cycle Stops
What is Menopause?
The end of your menstrual cycles, usually 12 months after your last menstrual period, is defined as menopause.
In the United States, the average age one experiences menopause is 51 but can happen around the age of 40-50. While menopause is a natural part of aging, menopausal stage symptoms may affect one’s quality of life. (source: Mayo Clinic).
Some factors that cause menopause are the following:
- Natural decline of reproductive hormones
- Primary ovarian insufficiency
- Chemotherapy and radiation therapy
What are the Symptoms of Menopause?
According to Mayo Clinic, some common symptoms of menopause are mood changes, hot flashes, sleep problems, and vaginal dryness, among others. The symptoms are not the same for every woman, and factors such as lifestyle, health conditions, and hormone imbalance, may influence how one experiences menopause.
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain & slowed metabolism
- Mood changes, anxiety, and/or depression
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of libido
- Joint stiffness, aches, & pains
- Recurring UTIs
- Reduced muscle mass
- And many more
Even with these changes, there are better ways to deal with menopause. Schedule a consultation with our medical professionals today. We can provide easy access to medication that can help with the uncomfortable symptoms you’re dealing with.
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Female Sexual Dysfunction
It is estimated that 40 percent of women in the United States have sexual concerns and 12 percent report distressing sexual problems including low sexual desire (Libido) and inability to reach orgasm. Sharzad Green, Pharm. D. offers private consultations to address sexual dysfunction in females.
If you answer yes to 3 or more of the following questions, you may be suffering from Female Sexual Interest/Arousal/Orgasmic disorder:
Reduced or no interest in sexual activity
Reduced or no sexual/erotic thoughts or fantasies
Stopped initiation of sexual activity, and are you typically unreceptive to a partner’s attempts to initiate
Unreceptive to a partner’s attempts to initiate sexual activities
Reduced or no sexual excitement/pleasure during sexual activity in almost all or all sexual encounters
Reduced or no sexual interest/arousal in response to any internal or external sexual/erotic cues (eg, written, verbal, visual)
Marked delay in, marked infrequency of or absence of orgasm
Reduced or absent genital or nongenital sensations during sexual activity in almost all or all sexual encounters
Reduced intensity of orgasmic sensations
Pain during vaginal penetration
Pelvic pain during vaginal penetration attempts or vaginal intercourse
Fear and/or anxiety of pain associated with vaginal penetration attempts or vaginal intercourse
Marked tensing or tightening of the pelvic floor muscles during attempted vaginal penetration
Factors that may affect a woman’s sexual function:
- Menopause (surgical, chemically induced or natural)
- Gynecologic issues
- Pelvic floor or bladder dysfunction
- Medication and substance effects
- Relationship factors
- Fatigue and stress
- Psychiatric and neurologic disease
- Other medical conditions
Hormone Therapy for Women
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Consultation
Sharzad Green, Pharm.D. is a pharmacist at Community Clinical Pharmacy who specializes in Natural or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (B-HRT). Sharzad has been passionate about working with men and women who need help balancing their hormones to optimum levels and coaching them on vitamins and supplements for over 20 years. Dr. Green received her B.S. and Pharm.D. from the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She has vast experience in community pharmacy, nursing home and long term care pharmacy and compounding. Thousands of men and women have benefited from private consultations with Dr. Green, where she reviews and assesses a patient’s hormonal status and works with their practitioners offering B-HRT, as well as non-hormonal approaches, and other strategies for improving their quality of life.
During a typical hormone consultation, Sharzad reviews your past medical history, family history, current and medical conditions, risk factors for developing different diseases and your medications as well as OTC products. In addition to discussing B-HRT, she offers non-hormonal approaches which may help alleviate your symptoms.