Remedies for Dealing With the Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause or what’s known as “the change of life” is something every woman goes through. During menopause, your period stops, and your body makes less of the thyroid, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone hormones. Lower hormone levels can cause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, thin bones, loss of libido, decline in energy and vaginal dryness.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy is the practice of using plant-based hormones found in soy and yams. In addition to testosterone, estradiol, progesterone and thyroid should be taken into consideration. Bioidentical thyroid medications come from dessicated porcine thyroid. These formulations have been proven successful for decades in not only treating symptoms but also decreasing risk factors for the future.
If you feel like a certain food is triggering your symptoms, try reducing your consumption of them or avoid them completely. Keep a symptom diary.
Benefits of BHRT
BHRT is typically used as people age and hormone levels drop, particularly for women who are in perimenopause or menopause. It’s used to increase the levels of the hormones that have dropped and improve moderate to severe menopause symptoms, including:
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- mood changes
- memory loss
- weight gain
- sleep issues
- loss of interest in sex or pain during sex
- Vaginal dryness
- loss of lean muscle mass
- stress urinary incontinence
- loss or dips in energy (particularly late in the afternoon)
In addition to helping with symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may also reduce your risk for diabetes, tooth loss, and cataracts. There’s some evidence that it can help improve skin thickness, hydration, and elasticity, and even reduce wrinkles.
For those with cancer who have undergone treatments that affect their estrogen levels, BHRT has been shown to be effective in improving their general wellbeing and quality of life.. In one study, people with cancer who underwent BHRT found relief from treatment-related symptoms such as migraines, incontinence, low libido, and insomnia. The study also found their recurrence rate of breast cancer was no higher than average.
Patients undergoing hormone therapy overwhelmingly report that bioidentical hormones provide superior symptom relief than their non-bioidentical counterparts. For example, one study found that 71.8% of women experienced better relief of their menopause symptoms with bioidentical hormones than with traditional hormone replacement therapy. Participants also reported that there was a 20% decrease in the incidence of side effects which they rated as “severe” in comparison to traditional hormones at the same dose. Bioidentical hormones can be customized to each individual patient.
While large clinical studies remain forthcoming, bioidentical hormones may also carry a lower risk of dementia and endometrial cancer, as well as other cancers associated with traditional hormone therapy. The longer your course of treatment, the more likely you are to benefit from the favorable safety profile bioidentical hormones provide due to the more precise dose calibration process. Patients who are on long courses of traditional hormones are forced to settle for doses that might be higher than what they medically need—thus exposing them to a greater risk than is necessary.
Getting the Right Care for Your Hormonal Imbalance
Regardless of the imbalance that is causing you to seek hormone therapy, you want to feel better in the short term, and you also want to be healthy in the long term. When your health is on the line, traditional hormones just aren’t enough. Between customizable treatment options, greater efficacy, fewer side effects, and fewer long-term risks, bioidentical hormones are a superior option for patients with hormonal imbalances. By choosing bioidentical hormones, you’ll also benefit from working hand-in-hand with a doctor who will calibrate your doses based on your individual needs rather than using a one-size-fits-all solution. As a result, you can be sure that you are getting truly transformative treatment designed to help you flourish.
Consult with Dr. Collins About HRT for Menopause Symptoms
Contact Dr. Harry Collins at Savannah Age Management Medicine about your perimenopause or menopause symptoms and your treatment goals. He’ll work with you to tailor a treatment plan right for you. Call us at (912) 925-6911 today.