Entering menopause can be a stressful, painful experience. But with a little help from science, you can fight aging while improving your quality of life. Our hormone replacement therapy team has helped many women from the Metairie and New Orleans area, showing patients that menopause doesn’t have to be something to fear.
Every woman has the power to age gracefully. With the help of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), you can naturally relieve some of your worst menopausal symptoms.
What is BHRT?
Age saps our bodies of their hormone-producing power. To combat this, BHRT is a treatment where patients are supplemented with hormones their bodies are currently underproducing.
Because these hormones are natural (not synthesized in a lab) they are molecularly identical to your own hormones. As the body adapts to these new, supplemental hormones, you get to enjoy the benefits of hormone levels similar to that of a younger person.
How does BHRT help with menopause?
The average menopausal woman is around 50 years old – 95% of women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. Menopause is triggered by a significant decrease in estrogen produced by the ovaries. This causes symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and dyspareunia (painful intercourse).
As menopause is caused by falling levels of specific hormones, replacing these hormones can help counteract the negative effects. BHRT boosts levels of estrogen and other essential chemicals to keep you feeling younger and healthier.
Which hormones are used?
While your doctor can help develop a BHRT treatment custom designed for you, our hormone therapy specialists work with 3 main hormones for menopausal relief:
- Estrogen: One of the most instrumental hormones for maintaining female health. It’s responsible for developing the female characteristics of the body. During menopause, estrogen levels plummet to one tenth of what they are during your 20s. Supplementing with estrogen can help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other common aging symptoms.
- Progesterone: This sex hormone is involved in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and embryogenesis (the forming of an embryo). It is coupled with estrogen treatments to protect your body and boost the estrogen’s effectiveness. Progesterone helps prevent the potential side effects that could come with estrogen therapy (such as excessive ovarian lining growth, which can contribute to a higher risk of cancer).
- Testosterone: While commonly known as a male sex hormone, testosterone actually plays an important role for both men and women. It impacts your cognitive function, libido, and overall energy levels. Supplemental testosterone can help sharpen your mind and stabilize your mood during menopause.
Science has given us new ways to fight the side effects of menopause and aging. But in order to look and feel your best, it’s important to understand how your body works.
By talking with a hormone therapy professional, you can design a treatment to specifically target your own menopausal symptoms. If you’re interested in relieving menopausal symptoms with BHRT, schedule a consultation online or call Rejuvime Medical at (504) 252-9579.