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While entering menopause is commonly referred to as a natural “change of life”, it could have changed a person’s life for worse. While no longer getting a period may be nice at first, the physical, emotional, and mental up and downs could be another matter entirely. Help may be available in the form of natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. A Beverly Hills bioidentical hormone treatment doctor could help relieve your symptoms.

Schedule an appointment to discuss hormone replacement therapy, which may allow a doctor to potentially create a treatment plan to address various symptoms that could occur during menopause. Natural changes in the way your body functions could be frustrating, but a skilled physician could help make the transition more seamless.

Treatable Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal symptoms could affect many aspects of your life. Your sex drive may have virtually vanished. In many cases, this may cause marital and relationship issues. When you try to have intercourse, vaginal dryness may make it painful or almost intolerable.

Outside of sexual concerns, menopausal women may have symptoms which could include:

  • Insomnia
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain

A woman who is experiencing menopause may want to reach out to a Beverly Hills bioidentical hormone treatment doctor. A doctor could help manage these symptoms, which may improve the physical and emotional health of menopausal patients.

Bioidentical vs. Standard Hormone Treatment

When women go into menopause, their ovaries typically stop producing estrogen. Although, some estrogen may still be produced by fat cells. Despite this, many women are reluctant to consider hormone replacement therapy because of potentially increased vulnerability to breast cancer or heart disease.

However, those risks are generally associated with standard hormone treatment. A woman undergoing bioidentical hormone treatment typically has less risk of breast cancer or heart disease than when receiving conventional hormone replacement therapy.

Conventional hormone treatment is more or less “one size fits all,” and the hormones are commonly derived from a pregnant mare’s urine. These types of hormones are frequently known as conjugated equine estrogens. Conventional hormone replacement therapy may also contain certain steroids.

Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are often derived from natural plant sources, primarily soy and wild yam. This process produces bioidentical hormones that are generally the same on the molecular level as the hormones produced by a woman’s own body. That is where the term “bioidentical” originates since the body may recognize these hormones as having the same molecular structure as the estrogen formerly produced by the ovaries.

How Bioidentical Hormone Treatment Works

Hormone level testing is done via a saliva sample. The doctor may also perform a thorough physical examination and could record a complete medical history. The patient should report any known allergens, so the doctor can take precautions to avoid triggering an allergic reaction during therapy.

The hormone dosage typically is individually calibrated for each patient and created in a compounding pharmacy. Women may choose between pills, intradermal pellets, gels, and cream forms of bioidentical hormones. Patients are regularly monitored, and dosage levels may be adjusted as needed.

On top of this, bioidentical hormone treatment commonly requires a holistic approach. Along with hormones, each patient may receive a custom-tailored diet and exercise program, so that she may attain optimal health. A Beverly Hills biodentical hormone treatment doctor may recommend supplements suitable for an individual’s particular needs.

Additional Effects and Contraindications

In addition to relieving menopausal symptoms, bioidentical hormone treatment could increase protection against developing many common conditions associated with aging, including diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and macular degeneration. Furthermore, unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can offer some protection against cardiovascular disease.

However, there are some women who may not be considered candidates for bioidentical hormone treatment. These individuals may include women who have had breast or uterine cancer in the past, should typically not receive such treatment.

Talking to a Biodentical Hormone Treatment Doctor in Beverly Hills

If menopausal symptoms are making you miserable and you would like to know whether you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone treatment, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson consults periodically out of Beverly Hills, but he may also be available remotely for consultations via telephone, Skype, and FaceTime. Speak with a skilled Beverly Hills biodentical treatment doctor who can help.