Understandably, few women look forward to menopause. On top of the loss of fertility, the change can wreak havoc in many aspects of your life. Menopause affects a woman physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
There are certain benefits to menopause, such as no longer having to worry about pregnancy, but it is hard to recognize these benefits if your body behaves like a stranger’s. If you are currently suffering from the effects of menopause, you should seek treatment. A Beverly Hills menopause treatment doctor could help relieve your symptoms and make you feel like yourself again.
By their mid-50s, most women are in menopause. For many women, though, perimenopause—the timeframe before complete menstrual cessation—begins as early as their late 30s.
Menopause symptoms run the gamut. While most women are aware of hot flashes and night sweats—and these symptoms may indeed initially alert them that menopause is occurring—there are many other physical and emotional issues relating to menopause. The most common include:
These symptoms affect a woman’s quality of life in many ways. Severe menopause symptoms may obstruct a woman’s intimate relationships, as well as affect her performance at work. In the 21st century, there is no reason to simply put up with these debilitating symptoms when a Beverly Hills menopause treatment could help alleviate them.
Estrogen replacement therapy is often prescribed for women experiencing menopausal symptoms, but many women are reluctant to go this route because of possible side effects, such as an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease. While those risks are real for conventional estrogen replacement therapy, in which the estrogen is derived from pregnant mare’s urine, that is not the case with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
These hormones are derived from plant sources—specifically, soy and wild yam—and are identical on the molecular level to those produced by the body. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can safely relieve menopausal symptoms and provide other benefits, such as the reducing the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and other conditions of aging.
Along with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a Beverly Hills menopause treatment doctor could offer women a customized diet and exercise plan to help both relieve menopausal symptoms and keep them as healthy as possible.
Since weight gain is so prevalent among menopausal women, we can put together a diet that helps women lose weight while avoiding symptom triggers. For example, spicy foods may affect the ability to sleep, as well as encourage hot flashes.
Limiting caffeine and alcohol consumption is also useful in controlling symptoms. Drinking lots of water not only keeps the body hydrated but aids in keeping skin plump and flexible. Of course, women should also avoid processed foods and eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
Finally, an exercise programmed consisting of walking, swimming or other aerobic exercises can limit hot flashes and keep women in good shape mentally and physically. Even though fatigue often occurs with menopause, light exercise can actually provide more energy. Another plus is that fitness reduces the risk of osteoporosis development, a frequent side effect of estrogen loss.
If menopause has turned your life upside down and you want relief from its symptoms, call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation over the phone, FaceTime, Skype, or in-person. Dr. Jacobson offers a holistic approach to a Beverly Hills menopause treatment and could devise a plan to suit your needs.