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What Can I Do about Painful Sex?

Painful Sex

Fortunately, there are several things you can do about painful sex. A quick and inexpensive fix for women who have vaginal dryness and discomfort during perimenopause or menopause is the use of a sexual lubricant. A variety of lubricants are available over the counter and range from […]

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What are the Top Lubricants for Sex after Menopause?

Lubricants for Sex

After menopause, when estrogen levels have plummeted and sex is often uncomfortable or outright painful because of dryness, the use of a lubricant can make sexual intercourse pleasurable again. With all of the options on the market it can be a challenge to figure out which lubricants […]

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Why am I Experiencing Painful Sex Now?

According to the North American Menopause Society, between one-third and one-half of women experiencing perimenopause or menopause face sexual problems. Along with low libido, painful sex is a common problem. And because many women are uncomfortable talking to their healthcare provider about sex, it often becomes an […]

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Susan Halloran Joins the Menopause Center of Minnesota

We are so pleased to announce that Susan Halloran, APRN, CNP, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, has joined their team of women’s health care providers. Susan has devoted the last 30 years to gynecological medicine in Minnesota, first as a Registered Nurse and then as a Certified Nurse Practitioner. Susan’s […]

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Beyond the Hot Flash: Perimenopause and Sleep Disorders

perimenopause and sleep disorders

By Rebecca Mendoza, CNP, NCMP Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for very long. When sleep finally comes, it’s often low quality sleep that can leave you feeling tired every morning. Sleep disorders like insomnia are well-recognized symptoms of menopause, but sleep problems can […]

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Beyond the Hot Flash: Perimenopause and Weight Gain

perimenopause and weight gain

By Rebecca Mendoza, CNP, NCMP Staying at a healthy weight gets a little harder as we age. But perimenopause, which may affect women as early as their 30s, can make the battle of bulge feel more like a 100-year war. When a hormonal issue, one that many doctors […]

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Beyond the Hot Flash: Perimenopause and Irritability

By Rebecca Mendoza, CNP, NCMP We all get grumpy from time to time–it’s a perfectly normal part of life. Sometimes, being irritable can progress from a mild, occasional mood to an ongoing feeling. Mood swings and annoyance that doesn’t seem to have a reason behind it often prompt […]

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Beyond the Hot Flash: Loss of Libido during Perimenopause

loss of libido in perimenopause

By Rebecca Mendoza, CNP, NCMP One of the common symptoms of perimenopause is loss of libido, or a lower than normal sex drive. As upsetting as a sudden loss of sexual desire might be, the good news is that it’s a perfectly normal physical response to the hormonal […]

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Beyond the Hot Flash: Perimenopause Symptoms You May Not Expect

bioidentical hormone therapy in perimenopause

By Rebecca Mendoza, CNP, NCMP Many women are already aware that hot flashes are a typical symptom of perimenopause. But there are symptoms that doctors may blame on other causes, especially in women they think might be too young for perimenopause. Unfortunately, this results in the treatment of […]

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Sleep Problems and Perimenopause

By Rebecca Mendoza, CNP, NCMP Many things can affect the length and quality of the sleep we get, from stress levels to diet. Perimenopause, a stage that typically lasts at least a few years, can also cause interrupted sleep and insomnia. Many common symptoms of perimenopause like hot […]

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