The Fountain of Youth may not be real, but if you’re a woman suffering from menopausal symptoms, you may be convinced you have found it once you start hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
As women go through menopause, their estrogen levels often decrease. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and loss of sex drive. Other possible symptoms include trouble sleeping, weight gain, and mood swings.
The good news is that you don’t have to live the rest of your life this way. At Genesis Family Healthcare, Joe Reid, PA-C, and the team can treat your menopause symptoms by replacing your lost estrogen and/or progesterone with a bioidentical replacement hormone. Your body will not be able to tell the difference in the hormones, which will restore your lost functions and bring back the life to which you were accustomed.
How do I get replacement hormones?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is available in a variety of forms. These include patches, creams, gels, pills, and even injections. The exact dosage and form of treatment will depend on your symptoms and your doctor’s diagnosis. When it comes to HRT, patients usually receive the lowest possible dose that will alleviate their issues.
What about other solutions?
Other solutions for managing menopause symptoms include lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet, and a regular, consistent sleep schedule. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and smoking helps as well, but hormone replacement therapy has proven to be effective in relieving menopause symptoms, especially in women under 60 for whom menopause begins early.
Because the bioidentical hormones are formulated to be identical to the estrogen and progesterone your body naturally produces, your body will continue to function as normal — it’s a win-win situation.
Your body, your hormones
Hormone therapy is very personalized — the best solution depends entirely upon each individual and how her body is reacting to menopause. For example, women who still have their uterus will likely take both progesterone and estrogen, while women who have had their uterus removed can take estrogen alone.
As you and your doctor consider this option, make sure you take into account personal risk factors, including your age, how long you have been in menopause, and your risk of medical issues such as breast cancer, heart disease, and blood clots. In most cases, HRT is a highly effective treatment.
To schedule an appointment with the Genesis team so you can develop a custom HRT plan, call 423-241-8579 or send a message on the Genesis website.