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July 2006: PMS and Menopause Relief Tailored To Your Body

01 Jul 2006

Dr. Olivera Raskovich is a specialist in internal medicine, with areas of special clinical interest in diabetes and women’s health. She speaks Bosnian, Russian, and Serbocroatian.

PMS and Menopause Relief Tailored To Your Body

Dr. Olivera Raskovich
Weiss Memorial Hospital
4646 N. Marine Drive, Eighth Floor
Chicago IL 60640

Hormonal changes are a part of aging for every woman. But your experience with these shifts—whether they come during your monthly period or with the onset of menopause—is different from that of your co-workers, neighbors and even your close relatives. Your individual symptoms, which may include hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, can vary in severity and frequency. For that reason, Weiss Memorial Hospital is offering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms and keep you healthy.

Therapy That's Catered To You
Bioidentical—or natural—hormone replacement therapy uses medications that are chemically identical to the hormones produced by your body. While both synthetic hormones and natural hormones are made in laboratories, synthetics differ slightly in their chemical structure. Some women can handle the subtle variations, but in others it produces unpleasant side effects. Bioidentical hormone therapy caters treatment to your body and avoids the one-size-fits-all approach of synthetic hormones.

Protection From Disease
Higher elevations of hormones like estrogen have been found to increase the risk of certain cancers. In fact, The Women’s Health Initiative reduced its recommendations for hormone replacement therapy in 2002 after studies revealed that certain combinations increased risks for breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots in postmenopausal women. This frightened many women away from using HRT as a solution for managing their symptoms. But I approach treatment in line with FDA recommendations: low doses for the shortest time necessary. I base treatment on your medical history, risk factors for side effects like stroke and heart disease, and goals for relieving symptoms. The therapy can help women manage premenstrual syndrome, and the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. A natural hormone replacement regimen generally includes a form of estrogen, progesterone, and, if necessary, testosterone. These hormones protect women’s bodies against such diseases as osteoporosis and cancer, enhance mood and increase energy.

For an appointment with Dr. Raskovich to discuss your options for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or for a regular appointment with Dr. Raskovich, call (800) 503-1234 or (773) 564-5355.