For many women, menopause marks the beginning of serious sleep issues. Women who never had problems falling or staying asleep long for the time when eight hours of refreshing slumber was the norm, not the exception.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy replaces the hormones your body lost through menopause and allows you to sleep well once more.
Unlike standard hormone replacement therapy – derived from pregnant mare’s urine – bioidentical hormones are identical on the molecular level to a woman’s natural hormones.
During menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, two hormones affecting sleep. Fat cells continue to produce a certain amount of estrogen, and the adrenal glands produce small amounts of progesterone.
The latter hormone in particular has a sleep-inducing effect, so women especially notice when progesterone levels remain low. Wild yam, one of the ingredients found in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, is a natural source of progesterone.
However, over-the-counter products containing “wild yam” are not necessarily bioidentical or natural. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy requires a doctor’s prescription and supervision.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps prevent or eliminate many of the consequences of poor sleep, including:
Lack of sleep magnifies any stressful elements in your life.
Many women turn to over-the-counter sleep aids to combat insomnia, but these products can leave them groggy or with a “sleep hangover.” Doctors may prescribe stronger sleep medications, but these drugs come with a host of potential side effects.
Many sleeping pills stop working over time, or the patient risks addiction. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy provides safe and normal sleep – the sort you enjoyed prior to menopause.
In addition, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy prevents some of the disruptions that cause sleep disturbance in menopausal women, including night sweats and hot flashes.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers a holistic approach to sleep and other menopausal issues.
The doctor advises patients on diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices that can contribute to poor sleep or chronic fatigue. Just as bioidentical hormones are compounded individually for each patient’s needs, a program for optimal health is devised for each person.
Regular monitoring and blood and saliva testing ensures you receive the proper hormone dosage, which changes over time.
If you would like to know more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help restore your sleep, contact the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today.