If you’re a woman approaching menopause, you’re probably all-too-familiar with the unwanted emotional and physical symptoms that come along with this change of life. Menopause symptoms usually start between the ages of 45 and 55, but can start sooner. They happen because of changes in your hormone levels, specifically progesterone and estrogen.
You can get relief from these symptoms. Here at Lansdowne Aesthetic Center, Dr. Yaqub Baraki and our wellness team offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), which naturally balances your hormones and makes menopausal symptoms feel less intense or disappear altogether.
Read on to learn more about bioidentical hormones, including their benefits and whether they can effectively alleviate your menopausal symptoms.
Understanding menopause and its symptoms
Menopause is a natural biological process marking the end of a woman's reproductive years. Menopause marks the point where you’ve gone 12 months without a period. The time leading up to it is known as peri-menopause and is when you likely experience disruptive symptoms.
You can’t cure menopause, but you can manage unpleasant symptoms.
During the fertility transition, your ovaries produce fewer hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone, leading to various symptoms such as:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irregular periods
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Mood swings and irritability
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased libido
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Changes in memory and concentration
- Joint and muscle pain
The hormone changes can also affect your skin and hair health. Women going through menopause are also more susceptible to vaginal health problems and urinary tract infections.
An overview of bioidentical hormones
Unlike hormones made in a lab or those made from animals, bioidentical hormones are derived from plant sources. Their makeup is identical to the hormones naturally produced by the human body. BHRT aims to replenish hormone levels in a way that mimics the body's natural processes.
Because bioidentical hormones are structurally identical to the hormones produced by the body, they are considered a more natural option. The hormones are injected just beneath your skin. They consist of tiny pellets that release slowly, so you get a consistent dose.
The benefits of bioidentical hormones
BHRT has gained popularity for its potential benefits in managing menopausal symptoms. Symptoms may disappear, and even if they continue to linger, they’re less intense and bothersome than before treatment.
BHRT can alleviate hot flashes and night sweats. You’ll experience improved vaginal and urinary tract health and more comfort during intercourse. Your mood stabilizes, irritability eases, libido returns, and sleep improves.
BHRT can also reduce your risk of osteoporosis by slowing the acceleration of bone loss that comes from decreasing estrogen levels.
Women who struggle with menopausal brain fog find their mind clears up; you experience improvements in memory and cognitive function.
Dr. Baraki and our team customize BHRT according to your needs. Every woman's experience with menopause is unique, and it may take a few months to get the dosage just right.
If you’re ready to explore bioidentical hormone therapy as a way to improve your well-being during perimenopause, contact Lansdowne Aesthetic Center today. Call today, or use this website to schedule your appointment.