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When ovaries stop producing estrogen or are surgically removed, the process of menopause begins. Some fortunate women do not experience symptoms that accompany a change in hormones as a result of menopause, but the overwhelming majority of women are affected by symptoms such as vaginal dryness, frequent bladder infections, hot flashes, mood shifts, insomnia, forgetfulness and changes in weight. With the help of your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, research and clinical trials at Northwestern Medicine will continue to lead to the development of advanced treatments and care for women experiencing severe symptoms of menopause.
At Northwestern Medicine, specialists in the treatment of menopause help women to navigate the complex process of balancing hormones during and following menopause. A multitude of blood tests are typically administered to confirm the stage and severity of a woman’s menopause. It is important to note that women who are experiencing menopause while also coping with heart disease, diabetes or cancer have an especially great need for complex treatments designed to alleviate menopause-related symptoms.
Some of the treatments administered by Northwestern Medicine’s specialists in menopause include:
- Hormone Therapy– Studies have shown that estrogen therapy can be the most effective choice for alleviating hot flashes caused by menopause. After a full medical exam and intake of personal family history, your physician will determine which dosage level of estrogen will provide the most relief of menopause symptoms. If your uterus has been removed, progestin will also be prescribed to combat the imbalance in hormones brought on by menopause.
- Vaginal Estrogen– Physicians are also able to treat dryness in the vagina by applying estrogen to the vagina using vaginal cream, tablets or rings. This procedure can help mitigate dryness, difficulty with intercourse and some urinary complications.
- Low Dose Antidepressants- Specialists are also able to prescribe serotonin reuptake inhibitors to help decrease the severity of menopausal hot flashes. For those women unable to take estrogen supplements, low dose antidepressants can address issues associated with mood disorders as a result of menopause.
There are also a host of home remedies and lifestyle changes that can help some women to reduce the severity of menopause symptoms. These remedies include, but are not limited to:
- Dressing in layers and limiting hot drinks, caffeine, alcohol and hot weather.
- Use of over the counter water-based vaginal lubricants
- Getting adequate sleep, exercising and practicing relaxation techniques.
Menopause Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Your donation Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to accelerate research into the best possible methods of alleviating the symptoms associated with menopause. With your help, the many women who come to Northwestern Medicine for menopause-related treatment will continue to benefit from the very finest, most personalized care.