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Menopausal Transitions
Menopause

Every woman on this planet, barring some tragedy, will experience menopause. The term “menopause” literally means the cessation of periods. But that is a tiny fraction of what menopause is and what it means for a woman’s health!

Menopause is the cessation of ovarian function. One of the primary jobs of the ovaries is to produce estrogen, and so when a woman transitions through menopause, she loses her estrogen and all of the hormonal rhythms that are foundational to female health.

Estrogen is antiinflammatory. It is cardio- and neuro-protective. It is essential to proper immune system functioning. It plays a critical role in the health of the gut microbiome. Virtually every cell in the female body has receptors for estrogen. Consequently, when a woman transitions through menopause, every organ and system in her body suffers.

At Integrative Medical Group of Irvine, we understand that menopause is not just about the loss of your periods. We have a wide range of therapies that support your body through this transition and beyond. We utilize bioidentical hormone replacement, supplements that lower inflammation and reverse midlife weight gain, and lifestyle routines that improve sleep, metabolic health, and mood.

In the IMGI Menopausal Transitions program, we assess and address the health of your:

  • Heart and cardiovascular system
  • Diabetes risk factors
  • Muscle and bone composition
  • Sleep
  • Mood and mental health
  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness

Menopause affects your whole body. We provide comprehensive, whole-body solutions so you can look and feel your best though your menopausal years and far, far beyond.

We understand the roles played by estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in maintaining optimal health, but are not one-dimensional in our thinking. We appreciate the many systemic changes taking place during the menopause, and we craft treatment programs that address the many complexities of this transition and of the final chapter of a woman’s life, potentially extending for 50 years.

We begin the process of creating your individualized treatment plan by taking an extensive personal history that covers past medical conditions, as well as examining toxic chemical exposures, stress-inducing life events, patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviors, personal relationships, quality of sleep, dietary patterns, and many other complicating factors. We then proceed with advanced testing that details your hormonal, metabolic, and inflammatory status;  your nutritional status; the health and composition of your gut microbiome; and a myriad of other factors as indicated by your personal history.

We work with you, and only with your agreement, to optimize your hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement, and fine tune your nutritional status, your level of fitness, control your stress, optimize your skincare, and offer the highest quality of natural supplementation. We will work with you to enable you to stay strong, vital, and happy through the decades to come.

Finding knowledgeable and compassionate medical care in any community can be challenging, particularly when complex medical conditions are involved. And finding a fellowship-trained integrative medical doctor may be impossible. To answer this need we offer the following telemedicine options.

TeleMedicine Appointments for California Residents
Though we always encourage initial visits to be in person, in-state residents have the option of scheduling initial and all follow-up visits via phone or Skype, during which all aspects of health can be specifically addressed. Callers under 18 years old require parental consent.

TeleMedicine Appointments for Residents Outside California
Differing state laws make telemedicine more challenging, though certainly not impossible. Your first visit must be at our Irvine, California, office. Follow-up appointments can be accomplished by phone or Skype, but periodic visits to our office are required. State laws are expected to change and will become less restrictive in the future. International patients have more flexibility with appointments. Callers under 18 years of age require parental consent.

If you would like to arrange a TeleMedicine Appointment, please call our office at 949-753-7475.

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Schedule Your Appointment

We do allow individual appointments to be purchased, but for most, that becomes more costly and less comprehensive in scope. If you are uncertain which approach is best for you, we suggest that you begin the process with a consultation appointment with Dr. Felice Gersh, and then decide based upon your proposed diagnosis and treatment plan.

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