Elite Women's Care
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL
Menopause is a normal transition in a woman’s life that can be quite unpleasant. Elite Women’s Care in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, offers the highest level of expert care in obstetrics and gynecology. The highly trained OB/GYNs gives personalized attention with compassion. Call or book an appointment online today to start experiencing relief from your menopausal symptoms.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the phase of life when your menstruation cycle stops. It’s a transition into the next phase of life, marking the end of a woman’s ability to conceive. One of the earliest and most common signs that menopause is approaching is a change in your menstrual periods.
The transitional stage is called perimenopause because it can last for several years before reaching full menopause. Once you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, your body has then entered menopause, which affects each woman differently.
Unfortunately, menopause decreases the amount of estrogen produced in your body, which usually causes uncomfortable symptoms in most women.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause usually occurs in women in their early 50s, but the time leading up to it (known as perimenopause) can sometimes take several years. The onset of menopause involves sporadic menstrual periods. The unpredictable cycle can happen for months and, in some cases, years.
Common symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Decreased libido
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Thinning hair
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Loss of breast fullness
Some women experience mild symptoms, while others may feel extreme discomfort during the menopausal transition. Overall, menopause is uncomfortable, disruptive, and annoying to women. That’s why it’s recommended to turn to the experts at Elite Women’s Care, where they offer hormone replacement therapy.
How does hormone replacement therapy work?
When your body starts to experience symptoms of menopause, your estrogen and progesterone need help balancing in your body. With hormone replacement therapy (HRT), your doctor uses a customized blend of hormones that are released into your body to reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms so you can start feeling like yourself again.
At Elite Women’s Care, HRT treatments are given in several ways:
- Orally, as pills
- Topically, as a cream
- Medicated patch
Other treatments for menopause symptoms may involve low-dose antidepressants, vitamin D supplements, and vaginal estrogen.
If you’re looking for relief from the unpleasant effects of menopause, call the compassionate and caring OB/GYNs at Elite Women’s Care today or use the convenient online booking feature.
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