Experienced Chicago gynecologist guides women through the perimenopause age
Most people know that entering menopause can cause the dreaded hot flashes and mood swings. Sitcoms and comedians make jokes about these symptoms. However, a lot of people do not realize that there are actually two stages of change. Before menopause, women enter the perimenopause age. This is the time that a lot of familiar menopause symptoms begin.
Northwestern Women’s Health Associates located in Chicago is committed to providing gynecological care for women through all phases of life. We enjoy developing personal relationships with our patients over the years. We are dedicated to helping through education, as we have found understanding what is happening to your body helps alleviate stress in your life.
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is when your ovaries begin to make less estrogen. Your body is gearing up for the point in which your ovaries will stop releasing eggs, which is menopause. The drop in estrogen speeds up during the last one to two years of perimenopause. The actual age perimenopause can begin varies from woman to woman. Many women start in their 40s but some begin in their mid 50s. The average time frame for perimenopause is four years. Some women can go as long as ten years, while others could enter menopause in just a few months. We can help determine if you are in perimenopause. We take time to answer all questions you have as you approach menopause.
Symptoms of perimenopause
- Hot flashes
- Breast tenderness
- Irregular periods
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
Some ways to reduce these symptoms
- Maintain healthy weight
- Get enough calcium in your diet
- Drink less alcohol
- If you are a smoker, quit!
We want you to understand your body’s changes during this time. We are invested in you being the healthiest you can be. Call us at 312-440-9400.