Menopause signals the end of one phase of a woman’s life, and the start of another. Many women do not see an upside to menopause, but that is not the case.
These years can become the most productive and interesting of a woman’s life, but not if she is suffering from menopause’s common side effects. That includes night sweats, hot flashes, cognitive decline, hair loss, vaginal dryness, and other uncomfortable reminders of aging.
Hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones can banish menopausal symptoms and restore vitality, vigor, and libido. A New York hormone replacement therapy doctor can design a custom treatment plan for patients. Contact a skilled New York gynecologist today to discuss your options.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and how does it differ from synthetic hormone replacement therapy? Bioidentical hormones, derived from plant sources, are so named because they are biologically identical to the natural hormones produced by a woman’s body.
Bioidentical hormones are individually prescribed for each patient and custom made in a compounding pharmacy. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy consists of off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all components. These hormones contain “conjugated equine estrogens,” derived from pregnant mare urine. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy may increase the risks of breast cancer, heart attacks, and stroke. That is not the case with bioidentical hormones.
In fact, a bioidentical hormone replacement regimen decreases the odds of developing cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, dementia and cardiovascular diseases. Other benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in New York include:
Men also benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy designed for them. As men age, their testosterone levels decline. Dehydroepiandrosterone, referred to as DHEA, is another hormone with lower production levels in older males.
DHEA aids the immune system and protects against diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The goal of male hormone replacement therapy is reaching the higher end of the normal range.
Men not only experience enhanced sexual performance but may lose the “paunch” associated with lower hormone levels and enjoy an increase in muscle mass and gains in endurance and strength. Men receiving bioidentical testosterone therapy may lower their risk of developing prostate cancer.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is prescribed often after rigorous testing of each patient. Blood and saliva testing determine a patient’s current hormone levels. From these results and examinations, Dr. Jacobson devises a personal bioidentical hormone protocol for each patient. Once therapy begins, it is crucial that patients return for regularly scheduled follow-up visits.
Some patients receive their bioidentical hormones via daily pills, while others may prefer a long-term injection or topical delivery. Hormone pellets placed under the skin is another delivery option. Bioidentical hormone therapy requires commitment. While short-term use will relieve menopausal symptoms, long-term use results in improved overall health and a more youthful body and mind.
It is only with long-term use that patients can experience the possibilities of reducing the odds against diseases often striking an older population. With bioidentical hormone therapy, patients really can turn back the clock and achieve optimum health. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacobson in his New York office, please call today.