If menopause is making you miserable, you may prove a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. If you are concerned about the possible side effects of hormone replacement therapy, keep in mind that the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offered by Dr. Edward Jacobson does not pose the same risks as that of standard hormone replacement therapy.
The former is exactly the same on the molecular level as the hormones your body produced, while the latter is derived from pregnant mare’s urine. As such, the majority of women experiencing menopausal symptoms are good candidates for hormone replacement therapy in Greenwich.
Women whose quality of life is greatly affected by loss of hormones after menopause are generally good candidates for hormone replacement therapy. There are many potential side effects of menopause, and while some women do not experience tremendous changes after menopause other than the cessation of menstruation, they are in the minority.
While most women are familiar with classic post-menopausal issues such as hot flashes or night sweats, they are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Common menopausal side effects that hormone replacement therapy may alleviate include:
In addition to symptom relief, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help protect women against some of the most common diseases of aging, including osteoporosis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
Even if a woman still has periods, whether regular or irregular, she may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy if she is in perimenopause and experiencing related hormonal issues. Perimenopause may start years prior to actual menopause, although it occurs in most women starting in their mid-40s. Many of the symptoms of perimenopause are similar to those of menopause.
This stage of life lasts until actual menopause begins, which is at the point when a woman has not had a period for at least one full year. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women dealing with perimenopausal symptoms, including giving them back their sex drive.
Through blood, urine or saliva testing, a doctor can check a perimenopausal woman’s hormone levels and determine whether they are low enough for her to seek out bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Along with hormone therapy, women usually receive a custom-tailored diet and exercise plan, whether they are menopausal and perimenopausal at the time treatment begins.
There are some women for whom bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is not a good option. Women with a history of either breast or endometrial cancer should not receive hormone replacement therapy, nor should those with serious liver disease.
Women with fibroids in their uteruses that produce substantial bleeding are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy, and neither are women with a history of blood clots or those who are currently pregnant or nursing. Those diagnosed with the relatively rare condition known as porphyria—a genetic disorder—are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy in Greenwich.
If you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy and would like to know more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it can help you, call our office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Edward Jacobson is available to meet in person or over the phone, Skype, or FaceTime from his home office in Greenwich, Connecticut.