For women, menopause is a natural and inevitable phase in your life, marking the end of your reproductive years. It typically occurs in your late 40s or early 50s, and when it occurs, it brings a range of physical and emotional changes.
While menopause is a normal part of aging, the symptoms associated with it can vary widely from person to person. For some women, the transition is smooth, while others may experience bothersome symptoms that affect their quality of life.
Our team here at Ageless Restoration in Norman, Oklahoma, led by Gordon Hart, PA-C, and Brian A. Yeaman, MD, understands the complexities of hormonal imbalance. That’s why we offer hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Choosing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
One hormone replacement therapy option we use at our practice is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which is derived from plants, making it an often-favored choice over conventional hormone therapies.
BHRT is safe and effective, and its chemical composition closely mirrors that of your body’s natural hormones, which minimizes concerns about potential side effects.
Factors to consider
When exploring the topic of hormone replacement therapy, consider the following:
Severity of symptoms
The intensity and frequency of menopausal symptoms can vary. You might experience minor inconveniences like hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. On the other hand, you might find these symptoms severely disruptive to your daily life.
If your symptoms significantly affect your well-being and quality of life, HRT may be a viable option.
Health risks and benefits
Like any medical intervention, HRT has both risks and benefits. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with us at Ageless Restoration, where we can provide an overall assessment of your health and discuss your medical history.
HRT has been associated with certain health risks, including an increased risk of blood clots and breast cancer. But it may also provide relief from symptoms and may protect your bone health. We can help you weigh these factors and determine if the benefits outweigh the risks in your case.
Every woman's experience of menopause is unique, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. An individualized approach to HRT involves tailoring the treatment to your specific symptoms, health history, and preferences.
We work with you to find the most suitable hormone combination, dosage, and delivery method.
Bone health considerations
Menopause is associated with a decline in bone density, increasing your risk of osteoporosis and fractures. HRT can increase estrogen, which helps you maintain bone density.
If bone health is a concern, we can provide insights into whether HRT may be beneficial for you.
Quality of life prioritization
Ultimately, the decision to pursue HRT should be based on your priorities and goals for maintaining a good quality of life during and after menopause.
If your symptoms affect your sleep, mood, and overall well-being, and your lifestyle changes haven't provided sufficient relief, HRT may be a valuable option to explore.
Where to start
The decision to consider HRT for menopause is a complex one that requires careful consideration. During your consultation with our medical experts, stay open and honest, so we can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your health goals and preferences.
We understand that menopause is a natural part of life. Our goal is to enhance your well-being and help you navigate this transition with grace and comfort.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance, call us today at 405-928-4229 or request an appointment online any time, day or night.