NWWC Newsletter
JULY 2013
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How the World Plucks Your Very Last Nerve

The Perimenopausal Process: How It Begins
When we speak of postmenopausal issues to cope with or overcome, we are usually referring to those symptoms that start when we first begin the process. Unlike the linear timeline that a normal pregnancy might represent, the perimenopausal period is one of fits and starts as the hormones that have risen and receded like monthly tides since puberty, begin to sputter and pause. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists formally defines perimenopause as the period of time that precedes formal menopause, or the absence of periods or menses for one full year. According to the same organization, the average age for menopause is 51 with a general range of 45 to 55. The on and off again process of perimenopause can last for up to a decade.

Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal - Health Related Issues
According to a patient education fact sheet on the topic published by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, the following health-related issues should be addressed with your gynecologist:

- Hot Flashes

Caused by fluctuating levels of estrogen, hot flashes are experienced by up to 75 percent of women in perimenopause, according to ACOG. The severity of such symptoms and its influence upon her life and work is an individual one and depends upon many factors. Dr. Mache Seibel, an expert on the "the change of life," reports that the number and severity of hot flashes can be decreased by moderate to hard exercise a minimum of three times per week while the North American Menopause Society stresses exercises that are positive to heart health. Depending upon your current health and your predisposition toward heart disease, prescription hormone therapy may be considered to control your symptoms.

- Lack of Vaginal Lubrication

Again, diminishing levels of estrogen can lead to a thinning of the vaginal wall and its mucous-producing lining. Often first experienced as a lack of lubrication during sexual arousal, this symptom can be partially offset by use of vaginal lubricant gels prior to intercourse.

- Osteoporosis

The beginning of the perimenopausal process often initiates osteoporosis - or bone loss in women. At one time, this known side effect was treated with Vitamin D and calcium supplements, however, mixed research results have lead to a moratorium on this automatic treatment. Experts now advise concentrating on obtaining an adequate amount of dietary calcium by eating dairy products, green vegetables and olive oils.

- Cognitive Deficits

Although once attributed to hysteria, researchers have clearly demonstrated that women undergoing menopause experience difficulty with memory, problem solving and other tests of cognitive function. According to a Huffington Post article, estrogen deficits may again be the culprit as researchers point out the area of the brain most involved in processing new information is also heavily populated with estrogen receptors.

- Secondary Issues

The side effects of menopause noted above are hardly a comprehensive list of what to expect from the experience. Talk to your doctor about any new symptom, whether you've read that it is associated with menopause or not. The good news is that hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes or a combination of the two can decrease troubling symptoms significantly.
I'm thinking of trying to get pregnant...what recommendations do you have?

If you have not already talked to your doctor about this, we would be happy to see you for a "pre-conceptual consult" to discuss recommendations and order any necessary lab work. One thing that is very important is to make sure you are taking a vitamin containing folic acid. The current recommendation is at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily for all women of reproductive age. This will decrease your chance of having a baby with a neural tube defect (i.e. spina bifida).

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1630 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
(847) 394-3553

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.