What is Menopause?
Hormone Replacement Therapy helps women suffering from symptoms of early menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, memory loss, mood swings, weight gain, and low libido.
Biologically identical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones that are naturally produced by the body; matching the body’s natural hormones molecule by molecule.
Hormones for women are made in a laboratory and are based on compounds found in plants (usually soy beans or wild yams).
Unlike supplements containing soy or wild yam extract, bio-identical hormones are processed by a highly trained compounding pharmacist. Compounding pharmacists provide medications that have a customized formulation to meet a patient’s specific health care needs. Once the plant-based hormone is processed, its structure is identical to the estrogen, progesterone, and androgen hormones produced naturally by one’s body.
Hormones and Cancer
Many women are concerned by connections that have been made between hormones and cancer. It is important to understand that these studies connect synthetic hormones as opposed to natural biologically identical hormones to breast, ovarian and uterine cancer.
There have been no studies that look only at natural biologically identical hormones and cancer. This is because the studies are expensive and the manufacturers of synthetic hormones supplies the synthetic results for free.
Biologically identical hormones are created by a compound pharmacy to match an individual’s body chemistry, so the hormones cannot be used for studies unless they have been matched to each of the participants.
It is also important to note that a woman’s natural estrogen has specifically no connection to endometrial cancer and biologically identical hormones.
Synthetic estrogen has been found to increase a woman’s chances of developing these various cancers. Some of those risks were fogged with the addition of synthetic progesterone. High levels of estrogen are linked to breast cancer. These high levels can occur when your progesterone is too low, not uncommon in menopause, and when synthetic estrogen replacement therapy is being used.
Biologically identical hormones and breast cancer have been found to have no negative correlation; in fact, biologically identical hormones reduce the risk of breast cancer by correcting the menopause hormone imbalance.
Menopause is a transition period when the ovarian production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone decline. The average age at which a women enters menopause is fifty-one, plus or minus several years. Menopause is the time in which a woman ceases to menstruate for the duration of 12 months. Although the definition properly describes the event, the process can begin up to 10 years earlier and is called perimenopause.
Long before a woman’s menstruation stops, her periods will become shorter in length and she will notice a loss of energy, a decrease in strength, and a loss of libido. Her mood is altered and she may be more agitated, depressed, apathetic, and forgetful. While these are all symptoms of menopause, it is important to know that there is a bigger picture during this time your hormones are changing – you are experiencing the loss of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
There is no way to stop menopause, it’s a natural cycle of life. Every woman will go through menopause at some point in her life. However, the difference is how you deal with this normal process. Hormone replacement therapy will help you manage the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause that occur during this stage of a woman’s life.
Symptoms of Menopause
Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
Fortunately, there are several ways to treat menopause as physicians point out.
Reducing stress is a key factor, but it can be quite difficult. Modern life tends to be very stressful no matter what one does. Also, if you are going through economic difficulties, going through relationship crises or if you are in danger of losing your job, those sorts of things tend to be a tremendous source of worry.
Worrying increases your stress levels. In order to maintain good health, you must learn stress reduction techniques and implement these as best you can in order to reduce symptoms of menopause.
Getting more exercise to reduce menopause symptoms is a self explanatory suggestion. The good thing about exercise is that you need not necessarily be a health club member to exercise.
For instance, walking is a simple exercise that can be done anywhere. The biggest challenge is to find somewhere safe to walk. Of course, if you have a treadmill at home, then you have a safe place to walk.
You can improve your diet to reduce menopause symptoms. Avoid spicy foods, caffeine and liquor. You should make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet or vitamins.
A combination of exercise, a well-balanced diet, managed stress levels and Hormone Replacement Therapy should be all you need to feel great and get your life back where you want to. We encourage you to come in and speak with one of our physicians today.