Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
The definition of menopause is the point in time that a woman does not have a period for 12 consecutive months or longer. Usually, we think that menopause is something that occurs in a woman’s late 40’s and early 50’s. Women will go through a period of time where the low hormone levels cause a couple months of emotional and physical discomfort. At that time, the hormone deficiency symptoms then vanish without a trace – leaving women period-free and with a little less energy.
In reality, this is far from the truth – although some women may experience a more mild transition with few symptoms and minimal weight gain. For many women, it is a much longer, drawn-out process with no end in sight. Symptoms can persist for years with difficulty sleeping, low energy, and gaining weight. Menopause can occur at any time throughout a women’s 40’s and 50’s, with perimenopause beginning as soon as early 30’s. In addition, women may experience some combination of these symptoms even earlier if they have had multiple children or are experiencing some type of hormonal imbalance such as low or high thyroid. Without treatment, these symptoms can persist indefinitely causing a cumulative impact on health.
- Weight Gain
- Reduced Libido
- Foggy Thinking
- Hot Flashes/Night Sweats
- Low Energy
- Decreased Muscle Mass
- Sleep Issues
The good news is that, with recent advances, we are able to restore hormone levels to their previous state. At that point, alleviating symptoms and restoring a sense of balance and well being. Balancing hormone levels allows you to feel, look, and perform like you did in younger years. This not only helps you to achieve a longer life expectancy but also aides in improving your emotional and physical experience in the everyday joys of life.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural, or bio-identical, hormone replacement therapy for women is achieved by replacing low hormone levels in the body and bringing them back to an optimal level. When we restore hormone levels this is going to decrease or eliminate pre and postmenopausal symptoms. Thus allowing you to have better sleep, mood, energy, and metabolism.
We begin by addressing your symptoms, your blood work levels, and looking at your overall health and lifestyle. The medical practitioners at Tampa Rejuvenation will give you a customized treatment plan based on your needs and goals. By evaluating you as an individual we are able to assess and treat each patient as a whole. Looking at hormone levels, thyroid levels, inflammation, cortisol, and even nutrient levels allows us to treat comprehensively. This will aid in restoring your overall balance by using natural hormone therapy. This has been shown to significantly improve symptoms if not eliminating them entirely. Patients will experience a boost in metabolism, libido, energy, mood, brain function, muscle tone, and bone density. In addition, you will gain a renewed sense of well being and a reclaimed sense of confidence and vitality.
(Note: Symptoms and results may vary)
What is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (also called Natural Hormone Therapy) refers to the use of hormones that are derived from natural resources, such as yams or roots. They are then compounded to best mimic the molecular structure of the hormones that the body produces naturally. By using a natural form of medication we do not worry about the side effects or conversions the way you do with a synthetic form. This type of hormone is easily absorbed in the body because it is so similar to what the body makes naturally.
Each medication is individually compounded by a pharmacist to meet the exact concentrations and ratios, as prescribed by the practitioner, that is needed in the body. Every patient is different and needs their own customized treatment plan. As a result, hormone therapy for women is used to re-establish the hormonal balance within the body that is lost as a result of the aging process.
How is Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Administered?
BHRT can be delivered in a variety of methods such as creams, pellets, injections, and sublingual tablets or drops. The method of administration can vary from patient to patient depending on their specific needs, lifestyle, and the doctor’s recommendations. Medication can be administered daily, weekly, or even as infrequently as every 3-4 months if you choose to use pellet therapy. Pellet therapy can be easier for patients who are forgetful, travel, or have a busy lifestyle and prefer the ease of use.
What Type of Results can I Expect?
Every woman’s body is different and just as the necessary hormone levels to re-balance the body vary, so does the way the hormone levels change in the body. Most women experience gradual improvement – better sleep quality, mood improves, less aches and pains, sharpened memory, and libido returns. The majority of improvement is achieved within the first 6 weeks, but can continue to improve up to 6 months afterwards. Changes that are seen more gradually are improved muscle mass and tone with less body fat. When the hormone levels are restored the metabolism improves. Restoring hormone levels allows the body to become balanced again, restoring your quality of life
Addressing each patient comprehensively at Tampa Rejuvenation allows our practitioners to outline if there are any other factors which will impact improvement in health. By assessing hormone levels, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits we are able to enhance every aspect of their life. This aides in ensuring every patient gets the maximum results from their treatment. Which, most importantly improves overall health and longevity.
How do I get started?
Call to schedule your free consultation today to learn more about hormonal imbalance and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Our medical staff is specially trained to look deeper into your health and to diagnose and treat your hormonal imbalances. By calling to schedule your consultation you are taking the first steps to becoming a healthier you!
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