Perimenopause and fertility

Fertility Specialist Kristin Bendikson, MD, explains what the perimenopausal state is and its effects on fertility
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Perimenopause and fertility

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The perimenopausal state has been traditionally defined as the period of time before menopause where a woman starts having clinical symptoms of menopause, such as, hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Because women are being tested for fertility potential at much later dates, in their mid-40s, often times, women are being told that they can't have children anymore because they are ovaries aren't function and that they are in perimenopause. However, these women may not necessarily be having clinical signs of menopause, yet. Some people are lumping them into this perimenopausal transition. However, technically, perimenopause is truly defined as a woman who has symptoms of menopause before she stops having her period.

Fertility Specialist Kristin Bendikson, MD, explains what the perimenopausal state is and its effects on fertility

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Kristin Bendikson, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Kristin A. Bendikson joined USC Fertility after finishing her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Harvard Medical School and completing her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the internationally renowned Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at Cornell University Medical College. During that time, she received intensive training in ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization and fertility surgery, as well as the management of other disorders including recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Kristin received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and attended the prestigious New York University School of Medicine. Her extensive training and years in practice have prepared her to deal with the most difficult and challenging cases.

Kristin holds the title of Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She is the currently the principal investigator of several research projects including the study of zygote intrafallopian tube transfer for women of advanced reproductive age, aging of the uterine endometrium and vitamin D and its role in infertility. It is her goal to provide the highest quality care for her patients and to help them fulfill their desire of having a healthy baby. In addition, she strives to guide her patients through what can be a trying and difficult journey by providing them with the support and personal attention they need.

Fertility expert, teacher, and researcher, Kristin is also a married mother of two. She resides in West Los Angeles with her family.

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