Dr. Kallie Harrison, an OB/GYN, explains how she can help women through menopause.
How can you help patients through menopause?
Menopause is similar to any other change. When you go through puberty, it's like, "What's going on?" and you repeat that same cycle again with menopause. It's about setting realistic expectations. It's going to be different for everybody. Even though your friend or your cousin's mom or whoever it is, their menopause was this way, that doesn't mean that yours is going to be that easy or that hard. Everybody's different. It's really about meeting patients where they are and finding out what they're struggling with or what's bothering them the most and trying to help them find solutions for that. The most common symptom that is the most bothersome to people is usually the hot flashes. We have options for treatment if it's something that affects a patient's quality of life. Really that's just a conversation that should be had between the patient and her physician, because depending on your medical history or other medications that you take we might recommend different kinds of treatment for that symptom that you're experiencing. It just goes back to having an open dialogue because if I don't know you're suffering, then I can't do anything about it.