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Several years ago, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) developed a competency examination to address the need for standards when treating women at menopause at beyond. NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioners (NCMP) help women navigate through the process of menopause, including perimenopause and postmenopause. Clark Professional Pharmacy offers consultations with our in-house certified menopause practitioner, who has helped hundreds of women with hormone imbalance.

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is a phase that all women go through, typically between the ages of 45 to 55, and is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. However, some women may start going through menopause as early as in their 30s or as late as in their 60s. Symptoms include hot flashes, irritability, weight gain, change in sleep patterns, fatigue and hair loss. The process happens gradually and can take years, making it a sometimes long and difficult journey for many.

Ovaries are the mains source of estrogen and progesterone, which control ovulation. Before menopause (perimenopause), women may notice a change in their periods — such as heavy periods closer together, or skipped periods — until eventually they stop. During menopause, hormone level changes speed up and ovaries stop releasing eggs altogether.

Everyone’s symptoms are different — some women may be able to handle them with simple lifestyle changes, while some may suffer from severe symptoms that affect their quality of life.

Treatments for Menopause Symptoms

The treatment options are geared towards improving symptoms, and are customized for each patient. The symptoms most commonly treated include:

  • Hot flashes — most women going through this transition report getting hot flashes. Treatments could include lifestyle changes (exercising, wearing lighter clothes, breathing exercises, etc.,) diet and supplements, hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy,  and pharmaceuticals (low-dose antidepressant, for example).
  • Vaginal dryness — common treatments for dryness include lubricants, vaginal estrogen (tablets, cream or ring,) vaginal laser treatment, and vaginal dilators.
  • Irritability and moodiness — lifestyle changes (exercise, meditation,) diet and supplements, hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT,) anti-anxiety medication.
  • Insomnia — depending on the source of the sleep issues, treatments may vary. If the insomnia is caused by hot flashes, then these should be addressed first. Other treatment options may include low-dose antidepressants, exercise and diet.

How a Certified Menopause Practitioner Can Help

During a consultation, the NCMP discusses the patient’s medical history and issues/symptoms, as well as any recent lab tests, current medications and supplements. Typically, it takes about 1 hour to go through the information and discuss treatment options. Items needed during your appointment:

  • family history
  • medical history
  • current medications (if any)
  • current supplements (if any)
  • most recent lab blood tests done (if available)
  • a list of symptoms or concerns

One of the benefits of having a trained and certified PharmD as a consultant during this process is that a pharmacist is very familiar with potential drug-drug interaction or any potential worsening of symptoms due to certain medications.

If you’re interested in setting up a consultation, give us a call or email us!

If you’re interested in setting up a consultation, give us a call or email us!

Mona registered dietician in Ann Arbor Michigan

Mona AlAudhi, Dietician

Mona Alaudhi is Clark’s in-house Registered Dietitian. She has bachelor’s degree in dietetics and master’s degree in human nutrition from Eastern Michigan University. She has been a dietitian for over 10 years and worked in academia, outpatient, inpatient, fitness centers and retail settings. She has a strong knowledge in supplements and believes everyone should take a probiotic daily.

She offers 1:1 consultations, customized diet plans, and supplement audits. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Mona’s nutrition philosophy:

“The road to wellness includes nutrition, exercise, healthy mental status and more. As a dietitian, my goal is to provide you with information and tools that will help you create a healthful diet based on real food that is natural, whole, minimally processed , as close to earth as possible and most importantly exciting to eat. Eating right should be easy, affordable, fun and personalized. It should also compliment your level of physical activity and health status. I hope to improve our community’s health and well-being through my nutrition knowledge and passion for good food.”