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Hospital presents a discussion on “the change”

Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital will present “A Discussion on the Change: Life’s Changes and Perimenopause” from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. The program is free but space is limited. To register, call 630-856-7525.

Dr. Susan Murrey, an ob/gyn, and Shari Haney, a certified nurse midwife, will discuss hot flashes, irregular periods, anxiety, decreased libido, irritability and other symptoms of perimenopause. Perimenopause, also known as menopause transition, marks the interval in which the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen. The average length of perimenopause is four years, but for some women it can last only a few months or continue for 10 years.

“Perimenopause is a natural part of aging that signals the ending of the reproductive years,” Murrey said. “But it can be a difficult time for women and their families. Learning more about what to expect can help.”

Murrey and Haney also will discuss the various experiences associated with menopause and treatments such as hormone replacement therapy. Menopause increases a woman’s risk of osteoporosis and heart disease; Murrey and Haney will discuss steps to take to reduce these risks.