On the road to menopause, the time when your periods stop for good, you may experience a variety of complicated, confusing symptoms. For some women, these symptoms can seriously impact their quality of life, making it difficult to stay on track with work and family.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for menopause-related symptoms, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, offered at Balance Hormone Center, may be a great place to start.
Hormonal symptoms of menopause
Your body’s natural hormones are responsible for controlling many of your basic functions, such as your appetite, sex drive, and even digestion. Because your hormone levels begin to decrease as you head toward menopause, you can experience a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
In some cases, these symptoms can become so intense, it becomes difficult to perform your daily tasks. You may also struggle emotionally as you come to terms with the end of your childbearing years.
Many of the menopause symptoms you experience are directly related to the decrease in estrogen and progesterone production as you get closer to menopause. Replenishing your body’s supply of hormones using bioidentical hormone therapy may be the solution you need to manage the change of life.
Understanding bioidentical hormones
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are chemically the same as the hormones found naturally in your body. Made from plant estrogens, bioidentical hormones are available in a variety of forms, such as:
You can also use hormone pellets that your provider places under your skin to deliver a steady stream of hormones to your body.
Depending on your specific needs, the staff at Balance Hormone Center can determine the best delivery method for your needs, based on your lifestyle and existing health.
Enjoying results of bioidentical hormone therapy
Just as it took time for your hormones to become imbalanced, it takes time for hormone therapy to work. Typically, you can expect to start seeing a reduction in your symptoms with 3-4 weeks of treatment.
In some cases, you may need to try different methods and dosages of bioidentical hormones to find the right one for you. Through routine appointments with your hormone specialist, you can tweak your treatment until you achieve optimal results.
Benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy
Bioidentical hormone therapy is not only effective, it’s a safe method of treatment for addressing menopause-related symptoms. As the hormones used in treatment so closely match what’s already in your body, you have limited risk of side effects.
Treatment with bioidentical hormones can be useful in perimenopause, the years leading up to the end of your periods, and even after you’re in postmenopause. For some women, symptoms can continue after reaching menopause and ongoing therapy can provide relief even as you age.
Additionally, treatment using bioidentical hormones can reduce your risk for chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and bone loss, that can be triggered by a decrease in estrogen and progesterone due to menopause and the natural aging process.
If you’re struggling with the effects of menopause, don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment. You can book a menopause consultation online or by calling the Balance Hormone Center.