Hormone Therapy for Women
There is a wealth of information available about both menopause and peri-menopause, the years leading up to menopause. These are the decades in a woman’s life when fluctuating levels of the female sex hormones—estrogen and progesterone—begin a cascade of changes. The most prominent change is the cessation of menstruation, which marks the end of childbearing. For many women, no longer having to be concerned about the risk of pregnancy is welcome, but the many troubling symptoms of menopause are not.
Changes occur in the breasts, vagina, bone density, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts and cardiovascular system. Hot flashes and night sweats are followed by cold and chills until the body adjusts. Hot flashes are a direct result of decreasing estrogen levels. Estrogen replenishment can relieve hot flashes.
You become more susceptible to urinary tract infections and may experience incontinence. As hormone levels decrease, the vaginal walls become thinner, dryer, less elastic and more susceptible to infection. This atrophy makes sexual intimacy uncomfortable and you may feel depressed and undesirable, creating yet another emotional hurdle to cope with.
Peri-menopausal or pre-menopausal women may suffer sleep disturbances, fatigue, and mood swings. An inability to sleep soundly, the battle of hot and cold sensations, fatigue, loss of sexual desire and pleasure, depression, and a decreased ability to handle stress due to hormonal imbalance escalates into emotional upheaval. The risk increases for uterine fibroids, thyroid problems, digestive problems, weight gain, and more.
In America 40 million women are menopausal. An additional 20 million more are within a few years of this personal transition. In addition, when hormone production declines, physical and mental changes occur including:
- Decreased energy
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Diminished libido and comfort
- Decreased memory and focus
- Decreased ability to cope with stress
- Decreased skin/muscle tone
- Decreased metabolism/weight gain
- Dry skin
- Urinary problems including incontinence
Menopause may be a natural process, but it does not mean the symptoms have to be tolerated. At Southwest Age Intervention Institute, we promote a healthy hormonal balance with bioidentical hormones. These are safe, effective and physician-prescribed and monitored. Our goal is to help you age youthfully and gracefully and to experience satisfaction and good health in every area of your life making the rest of your life, the best of your life.
Remember, you don’t need to suffer in silence!