Menopause Specialist

Advanced OB/GYNE Associates

Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Women's Health Clinic located in Hoffman Estates, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Menopause is a natural, transitional phase of life for every woman that unfortunately comes with some unpleasant side effects. At Advanced OB/GYNE Associates in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, Dr. Andrea Das helps you through menopause and offers a range of successful treatments, including bioidentical hormone therapy. Dr. Das works with you to achieve hormonal balance and alleviate your symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness. If you live in Chicagoland, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and fertility. You’re considered to be menopausal if you haven’t had your period for 12 consecutive months.

Generally, menopause begins after the age of 50, though it may start earlier. It can be induced due to a hysterectomy if the surgical procedure involves the removal of the ovaries, which is where your reproductive hormones are produced.

Menopause can begin prematurely as a result of cancer treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, and certain autoimmune diseases and medical conditions like primary ovarian insufficiency where your ovaries don’t produce enough reproductive hormones.

While menopause is a natural biological process, the symptoms can negatively impact your quality of life. You may also experience perimenopause and have irregular periods in the months or sometimes years leading up to menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Menopause symptoms are attributed to a decrease in the production of the critical female reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone.

While each woman experiences menopause differently, common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Dry skin
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Thinning hair
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Weight gain and slow metabolism

Why should I see a gynecologist during menopause?

Regular gynecological visits and preventive care is vital through all phases of life, but especially during menopause since it leads to hormonal imbalance and physical changes.

Having the medical support and guidance of an experienced gynecologist like Dr. Das can provide you with valuable education and specialized care before, during, and after menopause. You can discuss your sexual wellness and intimate concerns and receive compassionate care to treat your symptoms.

Lower estrogen production during menopause increases your risk for osteoporosis (weakening bones) and other health complications.

What is bioidentical hormone therapy?

Dr. Das offers bioidentical hormone therapy using hormones that are molecularly and chemically identical to the hormones your body naturally produces. Bioidentical hormones come from plant or animal sources and aren’t synthesized in a laboratory, making them a safer, more natural, and more effective choice to restore hormonal balance.

Bioidentical hormone therapies are available in a variety of forms, including pellets, oral tablets, gels, patches, and sprays or injections. With pellets, Dr. Das inserts them under your skin into your body fat, generally on the upper area of the buttocks, where they secrete hormones. The pellets metabolize gradually over three to four months.

For expert guidance and care as you enter menopause, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

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