How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement can Help with Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a time of life many women do not enjoy approaching. The unwanted symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, sleep difficulties and mood swings make ‘the change’ less than desirable. While these symptoms are often an inevitable part of aging, there are numerous menopause treatments that can ease or alleviate the discomfort. One of the most safe and effective treatments is bioidentical hormone replacement. Tyler Wellcare is a leading provider of this service in the Tyler, Texas area, and our team is available to help women regain hormone balance during the three menopause phases.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a normal health condition all women experience at some point in their lives. The condition can occur naturally from the aging process or be medically induced from cancer treatments, a hysterectomy or damage to the ovaries.
Natural menopause is most common and occurs when a woman stops having a monthly cycle altogether, most commonly in her late 40s and early 50s. Menopause is gradual and includes three distinct phases – perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.
Perimenopause occurs when the ovaries gradually begin to produce less estrogen, marking the onset of menopause symptoms. Menopause is the point when it has been one year since a woman had her last menstrual cycle. Postmenopause is the years following menopause when many symptoms begin to ease.
The most common menopause symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irregular periods, mood swings, fatigue, depression, headaches, joint and muscle aches, vaginal dryness and loss of libido. Many of these troublesome symptoms can be reduced, or even eliminated, with a proper menopause treatment plan.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement as a Menopause Treatment
Countless women find menopause symptoms are more difficult to tolerate than expected. Many of these women will silently suffer because they believe there is not a menopause treatment that is safe, effective and easy to manage on a daily basis. The good news for these women is that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is available and designed to regain hormone balance so women are able to feel ‘normal’ once again.
All women in the East Texas area are encouraged to check their hormone levels as they age, and not only when symptoms hinder daily life. Many studies now show that women around the age of 40 years have depleted estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, but have not hit the menopause stage. These fluctuating levels can cause a wide variety of symptoms for a number of years.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is a popular menopause treatment because it utilizes natural, plant-derived compounds that have a similar structure to hormones found naturally in the body, not harmful synthetic hormones found in many hormone therapies.
By utilizing BHRT, women can find their ideal hormone levels once again. Once hormone levels are in-balance, menopause symptoms will become reduced or even completely eliminated. A woman’s ideal hormone level is established and routinely maintained by a simple blood panel every 3-6 months.
To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement as a menopause treatment, please contact the Tyler, Texas office of Tyler Wellcare today.