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Program for Menopause
What Is Menopause?
You may know it as the stop of your monthly period, but menopause involves more than the end of menstruation. Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, or are surgically removed. While some women experience no symptoms, hormonal changes can cause some women to experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, recurrent bladder infections, insomnia, mood swings, brain fog and weight gain. Once entering menopause, women are also at increased risk for such medical conditions as cardiovascular disease and bone density loss.
A Better Life During Menopause
Women today can expect to live almost 40% of their lives after the menopause transition. In addition, many women experience early menopause due to removal of ovaries, chemotherapy, radiation or other medical conditions. The effects of menopause last long after your hot flashes are over. After your body transitions into menopause, you have less estrogen in your system, which can cause many symptoms, including decreased libido, painful intercourse and weight gain.
By the year 2030, 1.2 billion women will be postmenopausal.
Expert clinicians at the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Program for Menopause are dedicated to making life during menopause better.
Our physicians and advanced practice clinicians are all certified menopause practitioners of the North American Menopause Society and will help you navigate both hormonal and nonhormonal options to treat symptoms caused by menopause. In addition, our experts are uniquely suited for women with complex medical needs due to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer.
Conditions We Treat
If your condition or procedure is not listed, please contact us and we will let you know if an appointment or referral is appropriate.
Conditions and procedures include (but are not limited to) the following:
Treatments may include:
To request an appointment, fill out our online form on the Contact Us page. A coordinator will contact you to schedule an appointment and send you a questionnaire. This questionnaire must be filled out and returned before your first visit so that it may be reviewed by our clinical staff. If you are arriving from out of town, our coordinator can also connect you to the hospital concierge for information about hotel accommodations.
For more information, call 312.694.9676.
Lauren Streicher, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and oversees all center clinical, research and educational activities. She is an associate clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Inc., The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer. She is also a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society.
Dr. Streicher is the author of Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock on Your Vagina, a gynecologist’s guide to eliminating postmenopausal dryness and pain; Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever, a comprehensive sexual and hormone health book; and The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy.
In addition to her role as medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause, Dr. Streicher sees patients as part of her Extended Personal Care Program.
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DR. STREICHER’S INSIDE INFORMATION: THE MENOPAUSE PODCAST
Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, leaky bladders, weight gain, hair loss, inability to orgasm? Listen to this fact-filled, solution-driven podcast that addresses symptoms women face as they navigate perimenopause and post-menopause. This is a helpful resource for information about menopause but is not meant for personal medical advice.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment, fill out the form on the Contact Us page or call 312.694.9676 for more information.