Bioidentical Hormones – Perimenopause and Menopause
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a helpful treatment option for women experiencing the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. The natural hormones used in Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are easily recognized by the body and used as substitutes for the hormones the body can no longer produce in the amounts needed to maintain hormonal harmony. Bioidentical hormone doctor, Charles Hunt, M.D. in the Birmingham Area is experienced in the use of bioidentical hormones as a treatment option for perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.
Most women become aware of their transition into perimenopause in their mid to late 40s. Perimenopause normally lasts for several years; its duration varies for every woman, and its course is difficult to predict. Perimenopause is the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years, into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production and a woman’s menstrual cycle becomes irregular and varied, and fertility diminished. Perimenopause can last 4-6 years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea, or no menstruation, which is when a woman enters menopause.
Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Hot Flashes
- Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Mood Swings
- Vaginal Dryness
- Weight Gain
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a safe and effective option for easing the symptoms of perimenopause. Bioidentical hormone therapy can reduce your symptoms of perimenopause by bringing balance back to your endocrine system. Dr. Hunt works closely with you to identify the correct amount of hormones for your body to bring you back to health and balance.
Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Women going through menopause often experience a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats, Cold Flashes
- Irritability, Mood Swings, Sudden Tears
- Loss Of Libido, Vaginal Dryness
- Heart Palpitations
- Urinary Urgency
- Clammy Skin
- Weight Gain
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy remains an effective treatment option for relieving menopausal symptoms. Dr. Hunt uses natural hormones to treat menopause. Because of their identical chemical structure to the hormones produced by the human body, there are little to no side effects. Dr. Hunt works in partnership with you to determine the exact amounts of hormones needed for your body and curtails the treatment to your unique needs.
Through the use of Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the uncomfortable symptoms of hormonal imbalance due to aging can be treated. Healthy aging is possible and attainable! For more information about how Dr. Hunt can help you manage your perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, call today for a consultation!