Carla J. Herman MD MPH


Menopause: Wild Yam and Progesterone Creams

Wild yam and progesterone creams are available without a prescription and are marketed for relieving perimenopausal symptoms. Wild yam. Although wild yam cream is marketed as a source of natural progesterone, it does not contain progesterone, and the body cannot convert it into progesterone. 1 Progesterone creams. Some…

Hot Flashes

A hot flash is a sudden sensation of intense body heat, often with profuse sweating and reddening of the head, neck, and chest. These symptoms can be accompanied by mild to severe heart palpitations, anxiety, irritability and, in rare cases, panic. Hot flashes are the most common symptom of a woman’s changing estrogen…

Vulvodynia

Is this topic for you? This topic is for women who have vulvodynia, a type of vulvar pain with no known cause. If your doctor has told you that the pain in your vulva is caused by something else, like an infection or a skin problem, see the topic Female Genital Problems and Injuries. What is vulvodynia? Vulvodynia is…

Progesterone

Progesterone is a hormone produced in the ovaries during the second half of the menstrual cycle that helps prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Progesterone is also produced by the placenta during pregnancy and helps the placenta function properly. At the end of pregnancy, a drop in progesterone helps start labor…

Perimenopause

Perimenopause is the span of years before menopause when a woman’s hormone levels and menstrual periods become irregular. Perimenopause has been described as “going through menopause” or “being in menopause.” After 1 year of having no periods, a woman has reached menopause. This is usually around age 50. In the years…