Today's Woman -  - Gynecologist

Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD, MBA, NCMP

Gynecologist located in Philadelphia, PA

Menopause Specialist

Menopause is the time when fertility ends and hormonal changes occur, but that doesn't have to mean you can't still enjoy good health. Dr. Sharan Abdul-Rahman, a leading OB/GYN and founder of Today's Woman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offers customized solutions for the wide array of menopause symptoms. Dr. Rahman can help to reduce and in some cases, eliminate symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness with the right treatments.

Menopause Q & A

by Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD, MBA, NCMP

Transition to ME.No pause:

1. How much time to I have?

It is often referred to as diminished ovarian reserve (DOR). At this stage. A woman still has eggs, still has menstrual cycles (assuming she is not using contraception). These eggs are not high performing eggs. Often women with DOR seeking fertility treatments will be advised to use donor eggs.

2. I'm not sure

Menstrual cycles become erratic. Spacing out of cycles is common. Bleeding between otherwise normal cycles, heavy (changing every hour) or prolonged (lasting more than 7 days) is abnormal and needs to be evaluated.

3. I'm so hot

Hot flashes and night sweats are most commonly associated with menopause. We used to tell women that they would only last a couple of years. Now we know that it can be longer - up to 10 years. The truth is it's variable for every woman. This is the stage where women consider hormone replacement, because more that ever it's about quality of life and how you choose to live. There is no one right answer. It's an individual decision. Just know that you have options.

4. I'm so dry

This is often hush-hush because as a society we are not comfortable talking about sex, the vagina or pelvic health. Often women accept this an inevitable - a result of aging. However more women are embracing their midlife vitality and are being pro-active about their health and sexuality.

5. I'm good- quality, quality quality.

Like a fine wine- full bodied, rich and deep, women at this stage of life have so much more to offer to the world. Watch out. It's truly about quality of life and making those choices which will keep you healthy and happy.


What is menopause?

Menopause is the time when menstruation stops and fertility comes to an end. As menopause begins, a woman’s hormone production decreases from her previous levels at the peak fertility. With this decrease, there are a number of symptoms that may occur.

At what point does menopause actually begin?

Menopause officially starts when you haven't menstruated for 12 consecutive months. The vast majority of women go through perimenopause before they enter full menopause. In perimenopause, menstrual periods become erratic, but they do still happen. The perimenopause period can be from two to 10 years long depending on the woman. Women can start menopause at any point from their 30s through their 60s, with most women being in full menopause by the time they reach their early to mid-50s.

What are symptoms of menopause?

Menopause is often accompanied by a number of symptoms. These can include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression

Menopause symptoms can be unique to each woman, but most women have at least a few of these symptoms as they enter their menopausal years. Fortunately, there are effective ways to manage and even eliminate the symptoms of menopause.

How can menopause symptoms be managed?

Options for managing menopausal symptoms differ depending on the specific symptoms, their severity, and each woman’s health. When it comes to those caused by the thinning and drying of vaginal tissues (including: painful intercourse and frequent urinary tract infections), the MonaLisa Touch® laser is an excellent option. It uses a small, thin probe that’s inserted into the vaginal canal. The probe delivers controlled CO2 energy that improves blood circulation and activates collagen production to increase elasticity and moisture production. For other symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats and fatigue, Dr. Rahman may recommend hormone replacement therapy or lifestyle changes, including dietary and nutrition counseling.

Insurance Accepted

Dr. Rahman accepts most major insurance providers. Please call the office directly with any questions.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Capital Blue Cross
CareFirst
HighMark
Independence Administrators
Independence Blue Cross
Keystone Health Plan East
Personal Choice
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • RateMDs

    "My daughters and myself go to Dr. Abdul-Rahman. She is very kind, and she is a great listener. She's a very good doctor and I would recommend her to anyone."

    Verified Patient
  • Yelp

    "I appreciated her professionalism and knowledgeable explanations given during each part of the examination. I would recommend her services and will return."

    Danielle P.
  • Vitals

    "Great gynecological exam experience. I enjoyed having her as my doctor. Office has a patient portal, you can see your results promptly."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Abdul-Rahman was not only knowledgeable and caring, but she was extremely educational during the entire the visit. I came away knowing my own body better."

    Verified Patient
  • RateMDs

    "Dr. Abdul-Rahman is a fantastic doctor. She really takes the time to sit down and meet with you. I have a very unusual condition and she has been tremendously helpful."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "It was a pleasure to meet with Dr. Rahman. She talked to me and answered my questions and explained things to me that were never answered by my previous gynecologist."

    Verified Patient
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1015 Chestnut Street, Suite 907
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 267-388-2976
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