Marsha E. Gorens, MD
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Near West Side, Chicago, IL
Menopause can cause physical and emotional symptoms that can negatively impact your life and body image. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Dr. Marsha E. Gorens has been caring for women in the Near West Side, Chicago community for over 28 years. More than just an OB/GYN, Dr. Gorens strives to restore your best self and helps you overcome the discomforts caused by hormonal changes. Call her practice, Marsha E. Gorens, MD, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about menopause treatments.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause begins when a woman hasn’t had a menstrual period for 12 months in a row. When you reach menopause, you can no longer become pregnant.
While you’re in your reproductive years before menopause, your ovaries take turns producing an egg each month. At the same time, they create the hormones estrogen and progesterone. In perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause, your body produces less of these hormones.
When your body produces less estrogen and progesterone, egg production ceases and your periods become less frequent until they finally stop. That can happen suddenly or occur gradually over the years.
Most women experience menopause between 40 and 50 years of age. Menopause is a natural part of the aging process, but it can also happen if your ovaries are surgically removed, or as the result of medical treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Perimenopause and menopause can lead to uncomfortable symptoms because of hormonal changes in your body. Symptoms can be mild to severe and last briefly or for years, but some women may not experience any symptoms at all.
The first thing you may notice is a fluctuation in your menstrual cycle. That can include your menstrual flow and your period’s frequency. Additional symptoms include:
- Hot flashes or night sweats
- Weight changes
- Inability to concentrate
- Insomnia or difficulty sleep
- Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Urinary incontinence (leakage)
You may also experience vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, as well as reduced libido. Some women also have less of a physical response to sexual stimulation.
How does bioidentical hormone therapy relieve menopause symptoms?
Bioidentical hormone therapy replaces your missing hormones. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as those that your body produces. That means your body won’t be able to tell the difference between its natural hormones and those used in bioidentical hormone therapy.
Dr. Gorens uses bioidentical hormone therapy to help you overcome the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, so you can begin living a fuller, happier, and healthier life. At Marsha E. Gorens, MD, bioidentical hormone therapy treatments are designed for maximum safety and results.
Call the office or schedule an appointment online to relieve your perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms today.