Bioidentical Hormones for Women with Menopause
Bioidentical hormones are an exact molecular copy to the hormones that are naturally produced within the body. Utah Menopause Doctor, Ray Andrew, M.D. has been using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to effectively help women with a hormonal imbalance in the Springville, Utah area.
Optimizing hormone levels is an important component to balanced and healthy living.
When hormone levels are deficient, the body loses chemical messengers that are important for optimal cellular function. Replacing hormones safely improves cellular function, decreases stress and inflammation within the body, prevents age related deterioration and disease, and improves quality of life.
Women begin to experience hormone deficiencies around the age of 35. Symptoms associated with hormone deficiencies include: weight gain, difficulty maintaining a normal weight when there was not a problem previously, weight loss resistance, fatigue, mood changes including intolerance and frustration, loss of bone density and muscle tone, decrease in sex drive, insomnia, night sweats, anxiety and more.
The Hormone Centers of Utah uses bioidentical hormone therapy in a manner that is safe, preventative and evidence based in research. Bioidentical hormone therapy treatment is closely monitored with comparative blood work and medical evaluations to monitor safety and health improvement.
Hormone therapy is a vital component to wellness and is most effective when used in conjunction with a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The Hormone Centers of Utah promote the use of hormone therapy with lifestyle changes that optimize their quality of life.
Menopause – A woman is considered to have reached menopause when a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle.
Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Women going through menopause often experience a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats and/or cold flashes
- Irritability, mood swings, sudden tears
- Loss of libido, vaginal dryness
- Heart palpitations
- Fatigue, anxiety, and more
- Urinary urgency
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Clammy skin
- Weight gain
Perimenopause – Perimenopause is the word that describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.
Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
Menopause treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and on preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with ageing.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy using Estrogen therapy remains, by far, the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief for you.