“The key to successful perimenopausal/menopausal management revolves around patient education and empowerment. Informing women about the changes that are occurring in their bodies, as well as assessment and treatment options, allows for the patient and doctor to collaborate on a treatment protocol that will best serve the individual. Through education and empowerment, and targeting the underlying hormone imbalance, quality of life can be restored. “
~ Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen ND
Defining Peri-Menopause, Menopause and Post-Menopause.
The menopausal transition or perimenopause is a period of a women’s life where ovarian function and sex hormone production declines. This natural transition can start as early as our late 30's, and is often associated with changes in length and flow of a women’s menstrual cycle, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, depression, low energy, foggy thinking, insomnia, loss of skin tone, vaginal dryness, and loss of sex drive.
Menopause occurs when a women has full cessation of her menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. The average age of menopause is 51. Once a woman has gone through menopause, she is considered to be post-menopausal. During this time many of the bothersome symptoms a woman experiences prior to menopause gradually ease for most women. However, each individual differs, and for some, these symptoms can persist for a number of years significantly impacting quality of life.
What is the Goal of Dr. Meghan's Perimenopause/Menopause Program?
Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen’s natural hormone balancing program is aimed at improving quality of life by helping you control any menopause/perimenopause symptoms, slowing down the aging process, and reducing the risk of chronic disease (ie. osteoporosis and heart disease) associated with post-menopause.
Having any kind of deficiency or imbalance in hormones can greatly affect the quality of your life. The key is to determine what your current unique hormone situation is so we can work towards restoring them to more balanced levels. The program is designed to assist and educate you every step of the way. Together we will find a treatment program that is aligned with your values and health needs.
Dr. Meghan's Perimenopause/Menopause Program is tailored to each individual by looking at the following:
Education regarding menopause/perimenopause and the link with thyroid, adrenal, bone and heart health.
Vitamin, mineral and herbal supplementation.
Bio-identical hormone balancing.
STEP 1: Complete Medical Intake Form and Menopause/Peri-Menopause Questionnaire
Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen will provide you with a detailed medical intake form to fill out and bring with you to your first appointment. This helps create a clear picture of your personal medical history, your current state of health, and what your priorities are in terms of health and wellness goals.
STEP 2: Come in for your Initial Consultation
The focus of the initial appointment is to review your medical intake form and hormone questionnaire, assess whether or not hormone testing is indicated, and provide education around sex hormones, thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones, mental/emotional health, bone health and heart health. Lifestyle modifications, as well as supplements may be prescribed at this time. Initial consultations are scheduled as 1-hour appointments.
STEP 3: Hormone Testing
Based on your medical history and current state of health, Dr. Meghan may recommend sex hormone, adrenal hormone, and thyroid hormone testing. Once the salivary, and/or blood sample is collected, the results will be forwarded to Dr. Meghan in 10 to 14 days. The clinic will phone you to book in for a 30-45-minute follow-up appointment to discuss the results and further treatment options.
STEP 4: Bio-identical Hormones
Bio-identical hormones may be prescribed based on patient values, severity of symptoms, hormone test results, medical history, and past treatments tried.
STEP 5: Monitoring and Follow-Up
Finding the right balance of hormones for your unique body and situation is a bit of an art. Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen will support you throughout the balancing process by addressing your questions and concerns at each and every follow-up appointment. Follow-up appointments are used to discuss hormone panel results, lifestyle modifications, adherence and response to supplements and/or bio-identical hormone therapies, and adjustments to treatment if needed. Follow-up consultations are scheduled as 30-minute appointments.
Dr. Meghan van Drimmelen | Naturopath Victoria BC