Menopause is a natural part of aging that women experience, typically in their 40s and 50s. However, in the time before and during this natural process, you are likely to endure a range of symptoms that may affect your quality of life. Receiving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is one way you can reduce or eliminate your menopause symptoms and help you feel more like yourself again.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is marked by the time in which a woman has not experienced a menstrual period in 12 months. The female hormones, which dictate the development of the female body, stem primarily from the ovaries, or the female reproductive glands. These hormones control your menstrual cycle and pregnancies and help protect your bones.
During perimenopause, otherwise known as the menopausal transitional period, you may have menstrual cycles of various lengths while production of the estrogen in your ovaries slows down. Perimenopause can begin up to 10 years prior to the last menstrual period and is different for each woman.
While menopause is a condition that occurs naturally in women, it can also be triggered by events that drastically lower the amount of estrogen and progesterone your body produces or that eliminates the production of the hormones. These events can include:
- Primary ovarian insufficiency
- Radiation therapy
Symptoms of Menopause
During your perimenopause period, which can last anywhere from several months to multiple years, your body will undergo a variety of changes, and you may begin to exhibit some of these symptoms:
- Vaginal dryness
- Lower metabolism
- Irregular periods
- Loss of breast fullness
- Night Sweats
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair and dry skin
While these are the symptoms most commonly associated with menopause, you should keep in mind that the symptoms will vary from woman to woman. This is because every woman has a unique body composition.
The degree of severity of your menopausal symptoms and the changes that you may undergo can be so high that they begin to interfere with the quality of your life. If this occurs, you may want to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to find relief.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy as a Treatment for Menopause
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves the use of compounds that are synthesized to have the same molecular and chemical structures of the hormones that are naturally produced by your body. These replacement hormones that can be custom-made or compounded by our pharmacist. The replacement hormones would be based on the prescription that would be issued by your physician, and that would address your specific menopause issues.
Arena District Pharmacy offers private consultations with the pharmacist to discuss treatment plans for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men and women in Central Ohio. Contact us today to get started.