Perimenopause starts about five to 10 years before menopause. Fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels may cause similar physical changes as menopause, such as irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, bloating, joint pain or stiffness, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations and vaginal dryness. Some women experience a number of changes while others have few or no symptoms.
Menopause is a natural part of a woman's life defined as the final menstrual period. With it, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, marking the end of fertility. Some women have only mild symptoms from this and others experience dramatic changes. The good news is you don't have to suffer needlessly.
The Menopause Clinic at Gundersen Health System provides a variety of treatments to help you manage any symptoms, conditions or long-term effects of menopause.
Our team of specialists - led by Jill Davidson, MD, a nationally certified menopause practitioner, is here to help you find safe and effective solutions and get you feeling like yourself again. Dr. Davidson is the only practitioner certified by the North American Menopause Society within 50 miles of La Crosse.
Menopause Clinic services include:
- Evaluation and treatment of menopausal symptoms
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Natural therapies such as vitamins and herbal supplements
- Evaluation and treatment of sexual pain or dysfunction
- Education regarding health screening after menopause
Preparing for your appointment
Please complete the Menopause Health Questionnaire and bring a copy to your appointment. It will help guide your discussion with your healthcare practitioner and ensure all your questions are answered. If you do not have a printer, you can request a copy to complete when you check in for your appointment.
"I had been having menopause issues and weaned myself off of my hormones, as suggested by a physician.
"After I had been off of them for two months, I felt terrible, having six to eight hot flashes a day, sometimes 10. I was lost because I did not know what to do or how to handle this problem.
"Then I found Dr. Davidson. She was so informative about everything. She started me on a new hormone replacement therapy regimen, which so far has been working great. I felt relieved to finally get some answers and to be reassured about these issues.
"So many women could benefit from the Menopause Clinic—from the ones just starting this phase to the ones who are having continuing problems with it."
-Pam Clark, patient