It is fair to say that few women look forward to menopause, even though it means not having to worry about an unwanted pregnancy. Menopause does indeed bring about a change of life, but many women find these changes uncomfortable physically and emotionally.
Fortunately, with the help of a doctor, this stage of life can actually prove quite rewarding once menopausal symptoms are eradicated. A Newport Beach menopause treatment doctor may be able to offer you symptom relief and help you cope with the changes of menopause.
Menopause does not occur overnight, unless a woman has a hysterectomy or goes through another medical process which either removes or shuts down the ovaries, such as chemotherapy. It is a gradual process, usually beginning when a woman is in her mid-to-late 40s and finishing by her early 50s.
However, the age of perimenopause—the transitional period from fertility to menopause—and full menopause varies greatly. Some women are menopausal by their early 40s, while others experience symptoms for the first time closer to the age of 60. A woman is officially menopausal when she has not had her period within the past 12 months. Contact a Newport Beach menopause treatment dcotor for more information.
Menopausal symptoms may start during perimenopause and worsen as true menopause approaches. While the classic symptoms of menopause include hot flashes and night sweats, those are just the most obvious issues many women face.
Subtler menopausal symptoms are often confused with normal signs of aging, or women may think their symptoms are unrelated to menopause, which is often not the case. Typical menopause symptoms include:
While all women do not suffer the same menopausal symptoms, most women experience menopausal side effects affecting their quality of life in some way. That is where estrogen replacement therapy could come in and help.
Menopausal side effects, and the havoc they wreak on a woman’s life, result from plummeting estrogen levels once the ovaries stop producing the hormone. Estrogen replacement therapy restores this hormone, alleviating menopausal symptoms as well as protecting a woman somewhat from osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other serious health issues.
However, conventional estrogen replacement therapy has its own potential side effects, including increasing the risk of breast cancer or heart disease. That is why bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a better choice for women, as it does not increase these risks.
Unlike conventional estrogen replacement therapy, in which the hormones are derived from a pregnant mare’s urine, bioidentical hormones are the same on the molecular level as the estrogen formerly produced by a woman’s body. That means the body cannot tell the difference between its own estrogens and those of the plant-derived bioidentical hormones, making their Newport Beach menopause treatment a much simpler and safer process in many respects.
Women seeking a Newport Beach menopause treatment should receive a thorough evaluation and testing prior to receiving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Following this, a doctor could prescribe hormone therapy based on her needs, and these hormones are created by a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. Patients receive regular monitoring to ensure they are receiving the proper level of hormones for their needs.
If menopause is wreaking havoc in your life, or just getting you down in general, do not despair. Call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson could consult with you in any way which is convenient—in-person, over the phone, or even via Skype or FaceTime—and provide a custom-tailored program to deal with your menopausal issues and help you feel like yourself once more.