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Managing Menopause? Just Breathe!

Silver Cross OB/GYN hosts free discussion Nov. 15  

Joliet, IL (Nov. 11, 2010)— Menopause is a normal stage in a woman's life and usually occurs between the ages of 45-55. It is a turning point for women, and although it is not a disease, it can make a large impact on a woman’s wellbeing. As menopause nears, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen (a female hormone), causing changes in the menstrual cycle and other physical changes. It can be physically uncomfortable when dealing with side effects such as hot flashes and night sweats and can also trigger a number of health risks such as heart disease and osteoporosis.

While menopause can be a stressful time, it can be managed. Join Dr. Nicole Gress, obstetrician/gynecologist, on Monday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a discussion on Making it Through Menopause. This free program will be held in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd. in New Lenox.  Dr. Gress will provide information on the myths, the latest treatments, and help on how to cope through this transition process. To register, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.Imatter.silvercross.org.gress n

“Use menopause as a time to redefine yourself. Explore what makes you happy, practice positive thinking, and take this time to rejuvenate your spirit,” says Dr. Nicole Gress, obstetrician/gynecologist with Partners in Obstetrics & Women’s Health at Silver Cross Hospital.

Treating menopause as a celebration of a new life is a smart way to deal with all the changes. While living a healthy lifestyle is always important, menopause can be the start of a new beginning. Visit your physician for a full checkup; make sure to get your annual mammogram, and take this time to upgrade your diet. Another smart way to manage the transitions throughout menopause is to maintain regular physical activity. This includes aerobic and weight-bearing fitness for the heart and bones (try walking or jogging). Not only will this decrease weight gain, but it will also boost your spirits.

Try these relaxation exercises if you are suffering from menopausal stress. Find a quiet location that is free of distractions and try to block out worries and distracting thoughts.

Rhythmic breathing: Slow your breaths by taking long, steady breaths. Count slowly to five as you inhale, and then count slowly to five as you exhale. As you exhale slowly, pay attention to how your body naturally relaxes.

Deep breathing: Imagine a spot just below your navel. Breathe into that spot, filling your abdomen with air. Let the air fill you from the abdomen up, then let it out, like deflating a balloon. With every long, slow exhalation, you should feel more relaxed.

Relax to music: Select some music that you find soothing or calming. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.

About the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. The Center is located at 1870 Silver Cross Blvd. Set in a soothing, spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. In addition to digital mammography, the innovative center offers women diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, bone densitometry, and baseline heart screenings. Take a video tour of the center at www.IMatter.silvercross.org.To schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, call (815) 740-7076. A physician’s order is required. If you don’t have a physician, call the free Silver Cross Physician Referral Service at 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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