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If you’ve been experiencing hot flashes, changes in your menstrual cycle, or mood changes, you might be transitioning into menopause . While menopause is a completely normal part of aging, the transition can be difficult for some—going from decades of predictable periods to a host of new symptoms to navigate.
If you or a loved one could use some guidance managing uncomfortable menopause symptoms and possible treatments, a healthcare provider can help develop a plan of action for you. Plus, patients can seek online menopause treatment via telehealth services for women: a virtual appointment that connects patients with providers no matter where they are located .
Online menopause treatment is accessible and convenient. But if you’ve never used telemedicine services before, you might not know what to expect. In this guide, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about seeking virtual treatment for menopause, including a step-by-step guide to the telehealth process.
Before we explore some signs that you might be experiencing menopause, it’s helpful to understand the three unique phases of menopause:
What are those uncomfortable symptoms? If you’re between the ages of 45 and 55 and you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you might be perimenopausal :
These symptoms can persist into the postmenopausal phase, so they could be experienced long-term.
If you’re experiencing the menopausal symptoms above, and you’re considering seeking online menopause treatment, the six steps below describe what you can do (and what you can expect) during your telehealth care visits.
If you have insurance and you’re interested in using your policy to cover some of the costs of treatment, closely examining your coverage could help you make cost-saving decisions throughout the treatment process.
We recommend finding out:
After you examine your insurance policy (or if you won’t be using insurance), it’s time to choose an online menopause treatment provider. We recommend looking for providers with:
Once you’ve chosen a provider, call their office or use their online portal to schedule an appointment.
In the meantime, we recommend keeping a journal of your menopausal symptoms. Every day, record information about:
At your first appointment, your provider will primarily review your symptoms to help diagnose your symptoms and begin formulating a treatment plan. Information from your journal could help them determine both the cause and severity of your menopause symptoms.
Even if your provider is confident that your symptoms are being caused by (or are related to) menopause, they may still recommend :
Testing, exams, and screenings may or may not be covered by your insurance policy, but your provider may be able to help you determine your coverage and recommend affordable testing options.
After completing any testing recommended by your provider, schedule a follow-up appointment. During this appointment, your provider may:
Your treatment plan might include:
Managing menopause can be a long-term proposition: the perimenopausal phase alone can last for seven to fourteen years, and the duration of the menopausal phase can depend on factors like age, ethnicity, and smoking history (to name just a few) .
While your provider’s recommended care plan will include considerations for short- and long-term care, they may also recommend making regular follow-up appointments to:
During your treatment, they may also refer you to additional providers who can offer specialized care for menopause-related conditions. For instance, if menopause-related bladder control or an increase in urination frequency is severely impacting your quality of life, your online menopause treatment provider might recommend making an appointment with a urologist.
Seeking online menopause treatment options is relatively simple. But, what should you keep in mind as you navigate the process? Let’s explore three factors to consider on your menopause journey.
If you continue seeing an in-person primary care physician for yearly checkups and care for minor illnesses (like a cold or seasonal allergies), we recommend keeping your primary care provider in the loop about your online menopause treatment plan.
While your primary care provider and your virtual provider might communicate or work together to tweak your treatment plan over time, this isn’t always the case. However, it’s important to keep your primary care provider in the loop about any ongoing or major health conditions you might have—menopause included.
Your primary care provider might even be able to recommend or refer you to an online menopause treatment provider. Since they’ll likely have familiarity with your insurance plan, your primary care provider or their office might be able to help you keep your treatment costs down.
If you’re sexually active and trying to avoid pregnancy, the first signs of menopause don’t usually indicate that you’re no longer able to get pregnant .
If you’re not interested in getting pregnant, you should discuss your contraception options with your online menopause treatment provider. Healthcare experts recommend that people trying to avoid pregnancy should continue using contraception for 12 months after their last menstrual period .
But, since menopause can impact your hormone balance, your provider may recommend a non-hormonal birth control method, like :
Menopause doesn’t change your risk level for contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) . If you’re sexually active, you can prevent STIs by wearing condoms correctly and getting tested regularly .
If your provider recommends additional lab testing as part of your online menopause treatment, you might be looking for a more convenient testing option than an in-person lab testing facility.
Consider at-home menopause testing collection kits. At-home collection kits are simple to use, convenient, and offer fast results. All you must do is:
Online menopause treatment is an accessible, convenient method for people looking for answers about their menopause symptoms. While menopause symptoms can be long-lasting, a healthcare provider can help you with menopause management by providing a personalized care plan.
If you want an easy, convenient way to understand whether you’re experiencing menopause, try the Perimenopause Test from Everlywell. With a simple finger prick, you can test for levels of hormones common in the menopausal transition period. Or, try our services for online women’s health and partner with our team of telehealth experts to review your results and engage in an action plan for your health.