NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Dr. Kavita Kewalramani explains the menopausal transition and discusses options to deal with the symptoms at a presentation on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. at Skin Deep Salon and Spa located at 1330 Springfield Avenue in New Providence. Register by calling 908-508-1800 or 908-206-4676.

Understanding Menopause by Dr. Kavita Kewalramani

The word menopause comes from the greek word menos meaning month and pausis meaning cessation. Natural menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstrual periods for 12 consecutive months without any other obvious cause. It occurs usually around 51 years in women, and is a reflection of complete, or near complete depletion in ovarian follicles, with resulting low estrogen and high follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) concentrations.

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The menopausal transition, or perimenopause, begins on average four years before the final menstrual period, and includes a number of physiologic changes that may affect a woman’s quality of life such as a change in bleeding pattern and symptoms such as hot flashes.

The hallmark symptom of perimenopause is the hot flash. Women may experience a number of other symptoms like vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and new-onset depression. For other symptoms such as joint pain and memory loss, the association with menopause is less clear.

For some women, perimenopause is uneventful and mild and for others the symptoms may be debilitating. Trying to understand these changes and dealing with them poses a difficult challenge.

About Dr. Kavita Kewalramani: Dr. K is a board certified Internist who strongly believes in the “food as medicine” philosophy of Hippocrates. She did her residency in Internal Medicine at Overlook Hospital in New Jersey. Prior to that she did a year of residency in Psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. She also completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) at Columbia University and achieved a Certification in Medical Nutrition at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition.

Dr K combines her experience in medicine, psychiatry, nutrition, and public health to provide comprehensive patient care. As an Internist, she believes that chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can be managed with diet and exercise alone, or in combination with medications. She advises that eating right and engaging in physical activity is important to staying healthy and should be a part of every person’s lifestyle.

Dr K also strongly believes in the role of preventive medicine. She provides preventive care including immunizations, screening for cancer and other diseases, identifying risk factors for disease, annual physicals, women’s health, discussing tips for a healthy and balanced lifestyle, as well as counseling on alcohol and smoking cessation.

K Primary Care and Medical Nutrition Center is located at 571 Central Avenue in New Providence.