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Menopause is a natural stage of life, but that does not necessarily mean it can be a pleasant one. For many women, this “change of life” involves physical complications and even emotional changes severely compromising the quality of life.

If this describes you, you may be a candidate for a natural method that can help restore your quality of life – bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

A Manhattan bioidentical hormone replacement therapy doctor can meet with you to explain the procedure and discuss your options. Call a skilled doctor today to learn about how bioidentical hormone therapy can help make you feel like yourself once more.

Bioidentical Hormones

Some women may shy away from the idea of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy because they confuse it with standard hormone replacement therapy. The Women’s Health Initiative found the latter caused an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease, and the estrogen/progestin trial was stopped in 2002 after these findings.

Standard hormone replacement therapy is not the same as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and bioidentical hormones do not pose the same risks.

Conventional hormone replacement derives from pregnant mare’s urine, or conjugated equine estrogens. Such therapy may prove fine for horses, but not humans.

Bioidentical hormones, however, are sourced from plants, primarily yam and soy, and are identical on a molecular level to the hormones created by a woman’s body. That means the body cannot tell the difference between its own hormones and the bioidentical version.

Menopause Symptom Relief with Bioidentical Hormones

Menopausal women may suffer a wide range of symptoms resulting from lack of estrogen. At menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen. While some estrogen is still manufactured by the brain and fat cells, the amount of hormone in the body drops dramatically.

This leads to some of the following side effects:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Dry skin
  • Irritability
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings

Women dealing with any of these side effects after menopause may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Unlike off-the-shelf conventional hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormones are custom-tailored and compounded to meet each woman’s personal needs. They are available in several forms, including pills, creams, gels, patches, and implants.

A Manhattan bioidentical hormone doctor can monitor hormone levels in patients much more effectively than physicians prescribing conjugated equine estrogen hormones to patients.

Lowering Risk of Serious Illness

Besides menopausal symptom relief, bioidentical hormones may lower the risk of developing serious diseases common in aging.

These include not only breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, but diabetes, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, colon cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Because bioidentical hormones may lower the risk of these diseases, they may not only improve quality of life but extend the length of a woman’s life.

In addition, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Manhattan can improve muscle mass, memory and cognition, and libido. In effect, it can turn back the clock.

A Holistic Approach

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves a holistic approach, going beyond simply prescribing natural hormones. The doctor recommends a specific diet and exercise program for each patient, along with certain nutritional supplements.

Patients are monitored regularly via blood and saliva testing to ensure they receive the correct amounts of bioidentical hormones. Manhattan bioidentical hormone therapy doctors’ goals are for each patient to enjoy the healthiest life possible.

Speak with Dr. Jacobson Today

If you would like to know more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it could help you, arrange a consultation with Dr. Edward Jacobson today.