Menopause is the result of the lowered production of estrogen in the female body as the ovaries stop producing eggs and the process of ovulation no longer takes place. This process is called menopause and occurs on average around the age of 52 years although it can begin earlier, in the 40's.
Menopause has a variety of symptoms that can differ in severity from one individual to another. Severe symptoms can be debilitating and affect a woman's ability to function normally in daily life. On the other hand, some women have such mild symptoms that they are unaware that they are going through menopause.
Some of the most common symptoms of Menopause may include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Tiredness, lethargy and fatigue
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Mood swings, irritability, anxiety and depression
- Dry scalp, thinning hair or hair loss
- Dry skin and other skin problems
- Irregular menstruation
- Lack of libido or sex drive
- Vaginal dryness
Not all symptoms may be present or noticeable during menopause in every women.
Hormone therapy has been used for decades to replace the bioidentical hormone therapy cost that are no longer being produced by the body therefore combating the symptoms of menopause. There are two main types of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) available - traditional HRT or bio-identical HRT.
Traditional HRT are hormones that are derived from estrogen from horses and are normally oral medications (pills or capsules). However, a significant risk of heart disease and stroke have been linked to these type of HRT drugs.
Bio-identical hormones are manufactured in a lab from plant derived materials (soy or yams) to be identical on a molecular level to the hormones produced by the body. The treatment is manufactured as a cream that is applied directly to the skin where it is absorbed into the body.
Apart from alleviating menopause symptoms, HRT has some additional benefits:
- Can lower the risk of heart disease if treatment is started at a younger age before arteries begin to harden and other signs of cardiovascular or heart disease begin to appear.
- Can delay the signs of ageing and improve hair, skin and even muscle tone.
- Can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis which is the deterioration of bones through the loss of bone mass or density as a result of ageing.
Unfortunately, there are also risks associated with taking hormone replacement therapy. Most significantly, the risks include an increase in heart disease and stroke as well as breast cancer. Although these risk have not been established in all types of HRT medications (specifically in bio-identical hormone therapy), it is important to be cautious especially when taking medication for an extended period of time.
It is highly recommended to receive hormone replacement therapy in Boca, Raton from a qualified medical practitioner who will weigh the benefits against the risks as well as monitor and manage menopause symptoms in relation to dosage on a long term basis. It is also advisable to discuss the different options available to minimize the risks while gaining the greatest rewards.