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Preparing for Menopause

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How can you prepare for menopause?
Air Date: 2/3/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Diana Bitner, MD

Diana BitnerDiana Bitner, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a certified menopause practitioner. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a member of the Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Dr. Bitner has special interests in women's wellness and prevention of heart disease, menopause, perimenopause, laparoscopic and robotic pelvic surgery, and pelvic pain. She enjoys helping women through times of health concerns and life phase transitions with an integrated and evidence-based approach. Her professional goal is to help women be as healthy as they want to be. She is also fluent in Portuguese.

Dr. Bitner has a weekly media engagement with WXMI Fox 17 Morning Mix discussing health topics of importance to women. She regularly engages in media and online chats and authors a blog, titled Midlife & Menopause Moments, which can be found on Health Beat, Spectrum Health's e-news website.

Preparing for Menopause
Menopause is a natural part of every woman's life. The symptoms associated with menopause cause some women to dread its onset.

Menopause occurs when menstruation has ceased for 12 consecutive months. Your ovaries significantly decrease estrogen production, the hormone that controls the reproductive cycle. This typically occurs between ages 45 and 50.

Knowing what to expect can make menopause seem less dreadful.

Listen in as Diana Bitner, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what to expect and how to prepare for menopause.

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