Menopause and Perimenopause
When to Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you have:
- Menstrual periods that are unusually heavy, irregular, or prolonged (1½ to 2 times longer than normal).
- Bleeding between menstrual periods, when periods have been regular.
- Renewed bleeding after having no periods for 6 months or more.
- Unexplained bleeding while you are taking hormones.
- Symptoms, such as Reference insomnia Opens New Window, Reference hot flashes Opens New Window, or mood swings, that aren't responding to home treatment and are interfering with your sleep or daily life.
- Vaginal pain or dryness that doesn't improve with home treatment, or you have Reference signs of a urinary tract infection Opens New Window, such as pain or burning during urination or cloudy urine.
Who to see
The following health professionals can help you manage menopause symptoms and evaluate menstrual period changes:
- Reference Family medicine doctor Opens New Window
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Physician assistant Opens New Window
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine