Dr. Ring shares a common misconception women have regarding menopause.
I think one of the misconceptions that women have about menopause is that you hit around age 50 and all of a sudden your hormones shut off, and that’s not the case.
We know that hormone production from the ovaries our primary source, starts to decline even in your 20s or 30s. So many women will start to have some symptoms, whether it’s increased PMS, hot flashes, night sweats, even when you are in your 30s or 40s and there can be some benefit to starting to help balance out your hormones at an earlier age.
So the idea that menopause is a single, one-time event and then all of a sudden you are in menopause, that’s a misconception. It’s something that women can benefit from treating for years before and for years beyond.
About Dr. Ring, M.D.:
Melinda Ring, M.D., is an Integrative Medicine physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ring believes the patient and physician are partners in the healing process. She uses evidence-based approaches from other cultures to complement Western medicine treatment and stimulates the body's innate healing abilities. Her philosophy embraces treating the whole person, physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions, to achieve optimal health. Dr. Ring received her medical degree from the University of Chicago/Pritzker School of Medicine and has been practicing medicine since 1997.