Are you tired, irritable, depressed, not sleeping well, having hot flashes, night sweats, or a decreased sex drive?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance, which can affect women of all ages, not just those in menopause. By now you’ve probably heard of “natural” or bio-identical hormones, but perhaps don’t know exactly what the term means. Bio-identical hormones are biologically identical to those that your body produces naturally.
What is menopause?
Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop functioning. They stop ovulating so it’s not possible to become pregnant plus they stop producing the three hormones they are famous for, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
The period of time before menopause is called the perimenopause. This is when the declining levels of hormones start to create problems such as irregular periods or heavy flow. Women also start to develop symptoms like hot flashes, decreased energy, difficulty sleeping through the night, memory lapses, lower sex drive, and weight gain. These symptoms usually continue on into menopause but often become worse.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
When entering menopause women typically develop some or all of the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Mental fogginess
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
- Hair loss
- Dry and thinning skin
- Loss of bladder control
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy? (HRT)
Treating menopausal symptoms with estrogen and progesterone (or progestin) is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Testosterone can also help with menopause symptoms and is used to balance the overall hormone therapy regimen.
If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, make an appointment to see Dr. Webb today.
Learn more about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy here.