Hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance as a woman ages. Perimenopause weight gain is often times misdiagnosed and is one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. These signs of menopause or early menopause and related conditions are also connected to your stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and the environmental toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis.
Hormone therapy has been endorsed by major medical organizations all over the nation, making it the leading choice for treating hormone imbalance in men and women struggling with a variety of related symptoms and conditions, such as:
- Low testosterone
- Muscle loss
- Mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction
- Vaginal dryness
- Low sex drive
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Women face a number of hormonal fluctuations throughout the lifespan—menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, perimenopause, and menopause—each of which can impact the delicate balance of hormonal harmony. For this reason, women benefit from monitoring their natural hormone levels as early as age 30 to establish a healthy baseline and maintain balance. Low testosterone levels in women (and even high testosterone levels in women!) have been shown to affect a multitude of other natural hormones in the body. Through lifestyle changes and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, thyroid symptoms in women, testosterone levels in women, and other hormone imbalances in women can be alleviated.
- Menopause is a normal change in a woman’s life when her period stops. That’s why some people call menopause “the change of life” or “the change.” During menopause a woman’s body slowly produces less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This often happens between ages 45 and 55. A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row.What are the symptoms of menopause?
Every woman’s period will stop at menopause. Some women may not have any other symptoms at all. As you near menopause, you may have:
- Changes in your period—time between periods or flow may be different.
- Hot flashes (“hot flushes”)—getting warm in the face, neck and chest with and without sweating.
- Night sweats that may lead to problems sleeping and feeling tired, stressed or tense.
- Vaginal changes—the vagina may become dry and thin, and sex may be painful.
- Thinning of your bones, which may lead to loss of height and bone breaks (osteoporosis).
Who needs treatment for symptoms of menopause?
- For some women, many of these changes will go away over time without treatment.
- Some women choose treatment for their symptoms and to prevent bone loss. If you choose hormone treatment, estrogen alone or estrogen with progestin (for a woman who still has her uterus or womb) can be used.
Lower hormone levels in menopause may lead to hot flashes, vaginal dryness and thin bones. To help with these problems, women are often given estrogen or estrogen with progestin (another hormone). Like all medicines, hormone therapy has risks and benefits. Talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about hormones. If you decide to use hormones, use them at the lowest dose that helps. Also use them for the shortest time that you need them.
Who should not take hormone therapy for menopause?
- Think they are pregnant
- Have problems with vaginal bleeding
- Have had cetain kinds of cancers
- Have had a stroke or heart attack
- Have had blood clots
- Have liver disease
- Hormone therapy may help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness or dyspareunia (pain with sexual activity).
- Hormones may reduce your chances of getting thin, weak bones (osteoporosis) which break easily.