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10 Essential Questions Menopausal Women Should Ask Their Doctor

Eighty percent of women in the menopausal transition have symptoms, 25% have severe symptoms, 77% don't even realize it's menopause, 50% don’t see a doctor and 50% are not talking to their doctor about menopause. 

Why are so many women not talking to their doctor (often a Gynecologist) about menopause?

Is it fear or purely lack of knowledge about what they are experiencing in their bodies? 

According to the experts, many women are embarrassed to bring up the subject because it is deeply personal, some are afraid that if they do, their doctor will suggest that they go on hormone therapy and some women worry about side effects and what they have read. Additionally, some may not know that they are in the menopausal transition and some may have no idea as to what to ask and where to begin. 

 A note on being embarrassed, menopause is normal and a natural part of a woman’s aging journey, but you should not have to suffer with your symptoms and worst suffer in silence. 

 You deserve to be heard and get the help you may need. So for you, I hope this list can help you start the conversation with your provider. 

If you are in the 50% who do not discuss menopause with your doctor, a quick tip, to prepare yourself for a conversation with your doctor, talk to your mom, sister, friends, or other close and trusted allies. These conversations can help you to feel better and more confident when talking to your doctor. 

Here are a few questions for you to consider asking. Select the ones that apply to you the most. 

1. Is there a test to determine if my symptoms are related to the menopausal transition (i.e., perimenopause, menopause, post-menopause) or something else? 

2. How can I alleviate my hot flashes and night sweats? 

3. What can I do to improve my sleep? 

4. What can I do to slow or lose the weight gain around my midsection (affectionately called belly fat)?

5. What can I do to relieve vaginal dryness that causes painful sex ?

6. What can I do to boost my libido as my sex drive has diminished?

7. Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right for me given my symptoms and if so, what are some of the advantages and disadvantages?  

8. Are there any natural ways that I can try to alleviate my symptoms?  If they are not effective, what other options do I have that do not include a lot of side effects?

9. Do you recommend any natural modalities (e.g. mindfulness meditation practices) or products such as supplements?  

10. How long before I start feeling like myself again? 

If you are having symptoms related to sexual health function such as low libido, vaginal dryness, or painful sex, abandon any bashfulness or embarrassment because your sexual health is part of your overall health. Additionally, these issues could adversely affect your relationship with your intimate partner and put it at risk. 

To maintain your overall health and well-being and get the treatment you need, you must speak to your doctor or a trained or certified menopause coach about what you are experiencing. Even if you speak to your doctor, many women find that they need the support of a coach to implement some lifestyle changes that can create a better foundation for them to navigate their menopause transition.

Whatever you choose to do, seek help and do not suffer in silence.

In Good Health,


DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to provide medical advice. The purpose is to provide education and a broader understanding to my readers. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. I do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any prescription medications or pharmaceutical drugs.


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