Perimenopause Specialist

Larisa Litvinova, MD

Holistic Medicine located in Montclair, NJ

The symptoms you associate with menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats, and moodiness, may actually begin several months or even years before you officially reach menopause, which is a period in your life referred to as perimenopause. Larisa Litvinova, MD, in Montclair, New Jersey, is an internal medicine physician who takes a holistic approach to care and can help you get relief from the hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause with simple lifestyle changes. For comprehensive care from a physician who puts your health first, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Perimenopause Q & A

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the period in your life when your hormone production begins to slow down as you head into menopause. Most women transition into perimenopause sometime in their 40s, although your hormone levels may begin to fluctuate in your 30s. You may remain in this transitional period for 1-10 years, with an average length for most women of about four years.

While in perimenopause, you may experience irregularities in your menstrual cycle, going several months without your period. You don’t officially reach menopause until you’ve gone 12 consecutive months without your period.

What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

In addition to changes in your menstrual cycle, you may also experience a number of symptoms during the transitional phase. You may notice that these symptoms worsen during the last 1-2 years of perimenopause as your estrogen levels dramatically drop.

Symptoms you may experience during perimenopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Concentration problems
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia

Dr. Litvinova specializes in the management of perimenopause and can provide treatments for your hormonal imbalance to relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health.

What treatments can improve my perimenopausal hormonal imbalance?

Your hormones serve as your body’s communication system and tell your cells and organs what to do. Perimenopausal hormonal imbalance can be difficult to live with, but Dr. Litvinova can help you manage your hormones and symptoms naturally.

Your treatment for hormonal imbalance caused by perimenopause may include:

  • Simple lifestyle changes
  • Dietary modifications
  • Supplements
  • Homeopathic medications

If you fail to get relief from your symptoms through these simple changes, Dr. Litvinova also offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to restore your hormone balance naturally. Bioidentical hormones are a more natural form of hormone replacement created from food, including yams and soy. With BHRT, Dr. Litvinova can create a hormone replacement plan that meets your very specific hormonal needs to restore balance and improve health.

Hormonal imbalance from perimenopause can cause symptoms that affect your quality of life and your health. For natural treatment for your symptoms, call Larisa Litvinova, MD, today or request a consultation online.