Welcome to DiscovHER Health, where women’s well-being takes center stage. Serving the communities of DC, Maryland, and Virginia, we specialize in compassionate care for your most intimate concerns. Menopause is a common condition we expertly navigate, ensuring your journey through this transformative phase is supported every step of the way.
Menopause marks a significant point, occurring 12 months after a woman’s last period. In the years leading up to this, known as the menopausal transition or perimenopause, changes in monthly cycles, hot flashes, and various symptoms may arise.
The menopausal transition usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55, lasting approximately seven years but potentially extending to 14. Various lifestyle factors, including smoking, age, and race, can influence its duration. Throughout perimenopause, the body undergoes fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels, affecting energy utilization, fat cells, and overall well-being.
Each woman’s experience is unique. Changes in bone or heart health, body shape, and physical function may occur, highlighting the individuality of this transformative phase.
Experiencing symptoms common during menopause? Our expert team at DiscovHER Health will guide you. By asking about your age, symptoms, and family history, we can determine if the menopausal transition is causing your concerns. In some cases, blood tests may be recommended to rule out other causes.
True menopause, distinct from the transition, occurs one year after a woman’s final menstrual period. For those not seeking pregnancy, continuing birth control for a full 12 months post-last period is advisable. Surgical interventions like a hysterectomy or ovaries removal trigger immediate menopausal symptoms.
Postmenopause, women enter a phase vulnerable to heart disease and osteoporosis. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, physical activity, and sufficient calcium intake, is crucial during this period.
As hormone levels change, various symptoms may arise. Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding caffeine or using a portable fan, can address mild symptoms. While some women may not require treatment, others may face more severe symptoms that warrant treatment.
For some, symptoms may include aches, pains, headaches, and heart palpitations. Regular check-ups with your doctor are essential to manage unpredictable symptoms.
Navigating menopausal symptoms is personal and can be complex. Discuss your symptoms, family and medical history, and preferences with our team at DiscovHER Health. Annual check-ins ensure your treatment plan aligns with your evolving needs.
Explore options to manage hot flashes, sleep problems, and sex-related concerns during the menopausal transition with DiscovHER Health—your trusted partner in women’s health.
Jenna Perkins is a board certified Women’s Health and Gender Related Nurse Practitioner with extensive knowledge and experience in Urogynecology, Pelvic Pain, Sexual Health, and complex Gynecology. She is founder of DiscovHER Health, Northern Virginia’s premier destination for women’s healthcare and expertly curated products.
We are located in Alexandria, Virginia and serve patients from all over the Mid-Atlantic including Washington DC, Alexandria, Baltimore, and Chevy Chase