Menopause

Going Through Menopause?

While there are many women who go through menopause and only experience the occasional hot flash or trouble falling asleep, other women find themselves dealing with some rather severe and challenging menopause symptoms.  If you are dealing with weight gain, hot flashes, mood changes, or insomnia due to menopause, our physicians can help you manage your symptoms.

Hot Flashes

This is one of the most common complaints when it comes to menopause symptoms.  Fortunately, there are many medications that can help reduce hot flashes including certain low-dose depression medications and hormone replacement therapy.  Hormone replacement therapy is a great way to prevent osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones, as well as reduce night sweats and hot flashes.  This therapy replaces depleting levels of estrogen and progesterone to reduce symptoms of menopause and to improve how your body functions.

Night Sweats

Hot flashes that occur during sleep are known as night sweats.  There are several strategies you can try to reduce your night sweats such as:

  • Wearing light pajamas or clothing
  • Placing a fan near the bed
  • Placing a cold pack under your pillow
  • Using light, wicking bedding

If night sweats are severe and you can’t find relief, talk to our gynecologists about whether hormone replacement therapy could prevent or reduce the severity of your night sweats.

Mood Changes

Due to hormonal fluctuations in menopause, it’s normal for women to experience bouts of depression, anxiety, fatigue, and irritability.  Sometimes these symptoms may even feel as if they show up out of the blue.  While deep breathing and relaxation techniques can help alleviate stress and anxiety, our gynecologists in Hoffman Estates, IL can also prescribe medications such as antidepressants to help re-balance your body's chemistry.

Pain with Intercourse

Menopause can also cause sexual changes such as vaginal dryness or a loss of libido.  Many women hesitate to discuss these changes with their gynecologist out of embarrassment, or the belief that nothing can be done to relieve the symptoms.  Our physicians are here to listen to your concerns, and have many options available to treat your symptoms and improve your sexual health.


Need relief from your menopausal symptoms? Call Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, IL at 847-884-1800 to learn about your options!

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