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woman dealing with menopauseMost of the side effects of what we commonly call menopause is actually part of perimenopause when the ovaries begin producing less of the hormone estrogen. Perimenopause usually begins in your 40s, but you could start to notice changes in your mid- to late 30s. This can last for up to 10 years until you reach menopause, which begins when you haven’t had a period for at least one year.

woman laying down with endometriosis painA menstrual period is always uncomfortable but for some women it’s a monthly nightmare of bleeding and spotting, diarrhea, constipation, intense cramps and debilitating pain. This is a condition known as endometriosis when cells that line the uterus begin growing on other parts of your reproductive system and pelvic area. It can cause swelling and pain because the tissue grows and bleeds in areas where it can’t easily get out of your body as it would normally during menstruation.

woman getting a thyroid examDo you always feel cold or hot when others are not? Maybe you gain weight even when you eat less or lose weight without cutting back on what you eat. Perhaps you’re feeling very tired, irritable, anxious or depressed; having trouble sleeping or experiencing more menstrual bleeding or fewer and lighter periods.

senior woman holding red heartPop quiz – what’s the number-one killer of women? Is it breast cancer? No.

Cardiovascular disease leads the list and is responsible for one in three deaths for women each year. That’s just one of the myths about heart disease that may be keeping you from taking your heart health seriously.

Cervical Cancer Awareness MonthCervical cancer affects approximately 13,000 women in the United States each year but it’s also one of the most preventable types of cancer. And there’s new evidence that prevention might be just one shot away.

Most women and men carry human papillomavirus (HPV) which is believed to cause up to 90 percent of cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine can protect against several strains of HPV and is recommended for girls and boys in middle school. The goal is to provide protection before sexual activity begins that can spread HPV.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax