Bio-Identical Hormones are useful if necessary. Not everyone needs hormones since some some women don’t get menopausal symptoms.
As women’s hormones fluctuate and diminish with age, this can cause many different symptoms. All of these effects are directly related to the underproduction of hormones from our ovaries. (Also a cause of PMS). Some of the symptoms amy include: hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, anxiety, irregular or missed periods, weight gain, poor sleep, vaginal dryness and fatigue, just to name a few!
The protocol for treating menopause is to treat EVERY woman as an individual by blood results of their hormones, thyroid and specific symptoms. Using bioidentical hormones, herbs and vaginal creams, a customized treatment offers specific relief of symptoms.
This is NOT hormone replacement therapy, nor does it create a menstural cycle in women who have stopped having periods. This would be inappropriate and dangerous. Hormone levels are monitored at regular intervals with blood testing or saliva testing. The protocol is based on treating the CAUSE (low hormones) to relieve the symptoms. Relief of symptoms (feeling better and “getting one’s life back”) is accomplished with the lowest dose and for the shortest time (months or a few years). Vaginal druyness can be treat safely for many years (sex into our 80’s?)
Women need to be heard and be able to take control of their own health with knowledge and understanding of this normal phase of our lives.
Please give me a call to schedule a consultation. I am pleased to listen and help find the best solution for you.
Compare and contrast the differences between synthetic and Bio-identical hormone treatments:
1. It is simple to measure the change in saliva hormone levels when hormone supplementation is given. The saliva tests have shown that synthetic estrogen dosages create estrogen levels 8 to 10 times greater than found in normal healthy people, and that progesterone levels are not raised by giving supplements of synthetic progestin such as medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA).
2. Conventional hormone replacement therapy composed of either estrone or estradiol, with or without progestins (excluding progesterone) carries an unacceptable risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Bio-identical hormones are a better match for a woman’s system and don’t carry this kind of risk.
3. Pharmaceutical companies prefer synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones (not found in nature) can be patented, whereas real (natural, bioidentical) hormones can not. Patented drugs are more profitable than non-patented drugs.