No one wants to go through life in discomfort, whether physical or emotional. For many women, quality of life takes a significant downturn around the time of menopause. As estrogen levels drop, lots of unwelcome changes occur, affecting not only your body but your general attitude. Fortunately, there is help—and restoration—available, in the form of bioidentical hormone treatment. A skilled doctor can help you feel good about yourself again.
Not all women who benefit from Newport Beach bioidentical hormone treatment have reached full-blown menopause, which is defined as not experiencing a period for one year or more. Many such women are in the perimenopausal stage, which usually occurs around the age of 40 but can start earlier. Symptoms of perimenopause are similar to menopausal symptoms, and include:
In most women, perimenopause lasts a few years before menopause arrives, but some women may remain perimenopausal for only a few months and others for many years until their period stop once and for all. The average age at which menopause begins for women in the United States is 51.
Menopause brings additional symptoms, potentially including:
Several of these symptoms can seriously affect a woman’s quality of life, including her relationships and employment.
During a woman’s reproductive life, her ovaries create estrogen. Once the ovaries start shutting down in perimenopause, a woman’s fat cells become her primary estrogen sources. Conventional hormone treatment replaces a woman’s estrogen with estrogen obtained from pregnant mares’ urine. Such conjugated equine estrogens are natural for horses, but not human females.
Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are derived from plant sources such as wild yam and soy. They are identical on the molecular level to the hormones produced by a woman’s ovaries, and her body recognizes them as such.
Bioidentical hormones do not have the same risks as conventional estrogen replacement therapy. The latter may increase the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. Conversely, bioidentical hormones may help stave off many common diseases of old age, including macular degeneration, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
After performing a complete physical examination and taking an extensive medical history, the doctor takes either a blood or saliva sample to determine a woman’s hormone levels. Based on those levels, an individualized bioidentical hormone dosage can be calculated for each patient.
Because each woman receives the exact amount of hormones necessary for her at that time, her prescription is custom-made at a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. Bioidentical hormones are available in tablet, injectable, intradermal pellet, and cream forms, and each patient can discuss the best type for her with their doctor.
Women receiving bioidentical hormone treatments must return for regular monitoring and dosage adjustment, as needed. In addition, the doctor would likely design a diet and exercise plan for the needs of each patient and may recommend appropriate supplements. The goal is always obtaining optimal health for each patient.
If you are menopausal or perimenopausal and would like to know how Newport Beach bioidentical hormone treatment can relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life, professional help is available. Call Dr. Edward Jacobson today to arrange a consultation, either in-person in Newport Beach or remotely over Skype, FaceTime, or telephone.