Menopause marks the end of your reproductive life and the beginning of a new phase. It is often a difficult time on many levels, as women confront not only the loss of the ability to bear children but also emotional and physical changes that can make you feel like a different person.
Because of these changes, many menopausal women feel they are no longer themselves, and just want to get back to “normal.” A Manhattan gynecologist could offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that can make you feel like yourself again. Contact a dedicated doctor today to learn more.
Perimenopause is the transitional period prior to full menopause, during which many menopausal symptoms begin. Most women begin experiencing perimenopause in their 40s, but it can start as early as the late 30s.
This pre-menopause stage generally lasts about four years, but for some women, the time from perimenopause to menopause is much shorter or much longer. Menopause officially starts when a woman has not had her period for one year.
The plus side of menopause is no longer having to deal with periods or worry about pregnancy. The potential downsides, however, include several profound hormonal changes, especially the effect loss of estrogen has on the body. Symptoms of menopause run the gamut, and may include:
Replacing lost estrogen is one way to relieve menopausal symptoms. Unfortunately, standard—or synthetic—estrogen replacement therapy can sometimes do more harm than good, as it may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer or experiencing cardiovascular disease.
Fortunately, there is another option in the form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This type of hormone replacement therapy is not the same as standard hormone replacement therapy for women, because bioidentical hormones—derived from soy and yam sources—are molecularly identical to the estrogen created by a woman’s body.
In addition, this therapy is custom-tailored to the individual patient. Standard hormone replacement therapy, which is made from the urine of pregnant mare, is identical to the estrogen created by equines, and it is basically one-size-fits-all.
Not only may bioidentical hormone replacement therapy relieve menopausal symptoms, it can benefit women in many other ways as well. For example, it may reduce a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
Furthermore, unlike synthetic hormone replacement therapy, it does not increase the risk of breast cancer or heart disease, and in fact may provide some protection in these areas. Finally, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may increase strength and muscle mass—in other words, it could not only make a woman feel like herself again, but perhaps even better than before.
After careful testing and evaluation, a Manhattan gynecologist sends a patient’s bioidentical hormone prescription to a compounding pharmacy that creates the hormones for the individual patient. The doctor may have the hormones made in cream, tablet, patch, or gel form.
It should be noted that patients receiving bioidentical hormone therapy require regular monitoring, and that bioidentical hormone prescriptions may change over time. In addition, each patient receives an individualized diet, exercise, and supplement program with the goal of maximizing her health.
If you are suffering menopausal symptoms and would like more information on how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy could help, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson practices primarily out of Greenwich, Connecticut, but also offers services periodically in Manhattan, Newport Beach, and Beverly Hills.