You Have "Peri" What?: An Important Caveat
Before I go any further in this series, I wanted to take some time to address an important issue which is certain to come up sooner or later. That is, I am very aware that no matter how well prepared you are when you enter your physician’s office, it is still not guaranteed that he or she will actually listen to you.
Ironically, however, this is exactly why you should be well prepared. If you do not receive the kind of attention and care you need from your physician, you must be willing to seek another opinion. I am also very aware this is probably not very good news for you to hear.
I distinctly remember how frustrated I felt during my own years of perimenopause as I slogged from one physician to another trying to get help. It was not only frustrating, but it greatly increased my stress level which was already off the charts with crazy mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, and breasts so tender from estrogen dominance, I could hardly walk across the room. In fact, I was so stressed out and frustrated with it all that eventually I just gave up -- which is exactly what I don’t want you to do.
Looking back, I realize now that had I remained diligent and determined, I would have eventually found a doctor who would listen to me, and try to help me. As it turned out, I did eventually stumble across bioidentical progesterone which ultimately proved to be exactly what I needed. However, I could have avoided an abundance of stress and despair had I just simply refused to give up.
But that was then, and this is now, and a lot has changed since I was in perimenopause nearly 15 years ago. Today, many physicians are beginning to pay attention and take notice of the problems women face when they seek help for their perimenopause symptoms. So there is no reason for you to make the same mistakes I made. Be wise and learn from me. Believe me when I tell you, if you remain vigilant, you will get answers and the help you need for your perimenopause symptoms.
To be continued…
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.