Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy helps women to regain hormonal balance by tailoring treatments to supplement individual hormonal imbalances in Bexar County and Greater San Antonio, Texas. Because hormones affect several functions in the body, they must all be balanced and work together in harmony in order for the body to maintain homeostasis. Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and melatonin must maintain balance, or a woman will begin to experience unpleasant symptoms.
Age related hormone decline usually occurs during peri-menopause and menopause, and these phases give rise to a plethora of symptoms. The symptoms experienced can be mainly due to an estrogen and progesterone deficiency, but they can also arise due to the lack of other important hormones. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can replace these deficient hormones, and improve overall health. Some of the conditions that can be treated with Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy include:
Perimenopause can occur anytime between the mid-thirties to the early fifties, and it marks the beginning of age related hormone decline. Women may begin to experience a loss of memory or mood swings and other symptoms such as increased PMS symptoms, early or late periods, acne, heavy or scanty periods, decreased skin elasticity, and hair thinning.
Menopause begins after a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, and may occur as early as the late thirties or as late as the late 50’s. Menopause causes a series of transitions for women that promote symptoms such as weight gain, muscle loss, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, blood clots, increased headaches, low libido, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.
A lack of important hormones can cause imbalances in the immune system, which can create numerous issues. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes soreness in the body and pain in certain musculature. Hormones can balance the immune system and reduce heightened pain receptors in the body, which may reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
A lack of estrogen can cause atrophy in the bladder, which is a muscle. When the bladder become weak, urine can leak out more easily. Many women may experience urinary dribbling or incontinence when laughing, lifting heavy objects, or having to wait to find a bathroom. Proper hormone balance can prevent incontinence and help women to keep from dribbling before or after urinating.
Many women experiencing hormone decline can have vaginal dryness. This condition usually occurs during perimenopause and menopause, and it can cause issues such as painful intercourse and discomfort. Replenishing hormones can reduce vaginal dryness and increase sexual function.
Many women may experience hormone imbalances during their reproductive years, which may lead to increased severity of PMS. Before the menstrual period begins, women may experience cramping, breast tenderness, headaches, fatigue, food cravings, moodiness, or acne. Balancing hormones can reduce the harshness of PMS and improve overall health and wellness.
Painful periods are a common complaint among women, and it can be due to hormonal imbalances. Women may experience cramping in the back or lower abdomen before or during the menstrual cycle. This can be due to increased water retention or higher prostaglandins. Balancing hormones can reduce pain and improve the menstrual cycle.
A lack of menstrual period or irregular periods can be due to a number of factors, which may include hormone imbalances, structural problems, illnesses, or unknown factors. A failure to ovulate may create a lack of menstrual period, or issues such as polycystic ovarian syndrome may create imbalances that prevent menstruation. Balancing hormones can reverse amenorrhea and may regulate ovulation and the menstrual cycle.
San Antonio Menopause Specialist, Melissa Hernandez has helped to reduce or eliminate these symptoms, and many women have regained optimal levels of health by using bio-identical hormones to supplement hormonal deficiencies.