Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta

OB-GYN located in Suwanee, GA

Perimenopause Specialist

The years leading up to menopause can cause major changes in a woman’s body. If you suspect hormone changes during this period, known as perimenopause, contact OB/GYN Ana Cha of Women’s Health Specialist of North Atlanta. She helps women in Suwanee, Georgia, and surrounding areas navigate the uncomfortable symptoms that can occur. Call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment and experience a smooth transition into menopause.

Perimenopause Q & A

When does perimenopause start?

The transition to menopause, or perimenopause, begins several years prior to the cessation of your menstrual cycle. Usually, it occurs in your 40s, but it can start in your 30s or even earlier. It can last anywhere from a few months to 10 years. The average length of perimenopause is six years. You know you’ve fully transitioned to menopause when you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period.

Perimenopause only occurs with natural menopause. If you have surgical or drug-related menopause, you won’t have as long of a transition.

What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

Symptoms of perimenopause occur due to changing hormone levels, specifically a decline in estrogen as well as other hormones. You can experience any number of the following symptoms during perimenopause:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Mood swings and memory problems
  • Irregular periods and worsened premenstrual syndrome
  • Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse

Urinary problems, such as increased urgency and leaking, may also occur. These symptoms and your age may be enough to diagnose perimenopause, but Dr. Cha may order a blood test to check your hormone levels.

Can I get pregnant during perimenopause?

It’s still possible to get pregnant during perimenopause. You should use some form of birth control if you want to prevent pregnancy. Your fertility levels do drop, but the potential exists up until menopause sets in.

What are the treatments for perimenopause?

Dr. Cha performs salivary and blood testing to evaluate your hormone levels and determine if she can help ease your symptoms with hormone replacement therapy. Estrogen declines as you enter perimenopause, which can cause your symptoms, but these tests can reveal crucial information about other deficiencies, excesses, and daily patterns. Salivary and blood testing can evaluate the sex hormones of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone as well as the main adrenal hormones of DHEA and cortisol.

By balancing any hormone irregularities, Dr. Cha can help lessen your symptoms or make them disappear altogether. Hormone replacement therapy is particularly helpful in relieving vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta also offers MonaLisa Touch® vaginal laser therapy, a life-changing treatment that combats menopausal discomforts including dryness, urinary incontinence, and burning. The laser stimulates collagen production so the tissue of the vaginal wall strengthens and rehydrates to bring you relief.

Dr. Cha also offers integrative medicine support to hormone and MonaLisa Touch therapy to help you manage the transition to menopause. Diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes are included as part of your individualized treatment plan.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of perimenopause, establish a relationship with Dr. Cha at Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta so she can help you through this sometimes challenging stage of your life with her holistic approach. Call the office or use the convenient online booking agent to make an appointment today.

Accepted Insurances

This is a just a list of some of the insurances accepted at Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta. Please call our office to confirm that we accept your plan.

Aetna
Anthem
BCBS
Cigna
Coventry
Humana
Multiplan
PHCS
Tricare
UMR
United Healthcare
Testimonials

Words from our patients

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    "Very comforting, friendly, and caring place. The service is absolutely top notch. Dr. Cha is very personable, friendly and highly competent. Highly recommend!"

    Sysamone M.
  • Healthgrades

    "Dr. Cha is a wonderful, caring and fun person. Had hysterectomy with her and everything went very well. Her office is clean and neat, the staffs are sweet and great."

    Verified Patient
  • Healthgrades

    "I went to Dr. Cha's office to have the Mona Lisa procedure. Dr. Cha and her entire staff are amazing! The staff was extremely professional... Highly recommend!"

    Eleahnore W.
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    "Dr. Ann Cha made me feel very comfortable and so relaxed. I will definitely be coming in for any future procedures."

    Debbie L.
  • Healthgrades

    "I am so glad that I found Dr. Cha's office. She and all of her staff were very professional and caring. They really take the time to get to know their patients."

    Marilyn T.
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    "I recently completed the 3-step Mona Lisa procedure. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the team and what an amazing experience it was...."

    Verified Patient
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    "Her staff has always been awesome... I would recommend Dr. Cha's office to anyone looking for a reliable OB/Gyn you can trust."

    Samuel P.
Location
Women's Health Specialist of North Atlanta
3890 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite 320
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 470-203-6142
Fax: 470-395-4889
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470-203-6142