As you approach and undergo menopause, you’ll start to experience a series of symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to serious, debilitating, and long-term illnesses. It doesn’t have to be that way. Cheryl Felt, MSN-APN-C, at Virapel in Voorhees, New Jersey, can you help you avoid unwanted symptoms of menopause and maintain youthful health with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
Menopause Q & A
What is perimenopause?
Perimenopause is a state of weakening ovarian hormone production that occurs prior to menopause. During this stage you can expect to experience harsh symptoms including headaches, water retention, bloating, increased PMS symptoms, irregular periods, fatigue, and low libido. This stage can last from 4-6 years and usually occurs between age 35 and 50.
What is menopause?
Following perimenopause, menopause begins after you haven’t menstruated for one consecutive year. As the ovaries stop producing enough estrogen and testosterone, that marks the end of your reproductive years. The symptoms that you can expect to experience because of this decline in hormone production include hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, increased anxiety, night sweats, fatigue, weight gain, bone loss, vaginal dryness, and muscle atrophy.
How can the symptoms of menopause be prevented or managed?
For women between the ages 40-45 with symptoms of perimenopause, BHRT is an ideal way to prepare for menopause before these symptoms begin affecting their quality of life. For women who’ve already begun to experience menopause, BHRT can ultimately reverse these symptoms.
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Women experiencing perimenopause or menopause can benefit significantly from BHRT. Common benefits include:
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Improved sex drive and function
- Improved sleep
- Reduced hot flashes
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Improved moods
- Better weight management
- Increased energy
- Decreased night sweats
- Decreased fatigue
- Decreased vaginal dryness
Can bioidentical hormone replacement improve a woman’s sex drive, too?
While the media often focuses on the effects that declining hormones can have on a man’s sex drive, women are similarly affected by their own decline in hormones, too. These stages are characterized by low levels of estrogen and testosterone. That often leads to vaginal dryness and a loss of desire for sexual activity. Bringing these sex hormones back into balance can increase your libido and increase vaginal lubrication, restoring a healthy sex drive and easing the discomfort of dryness.
*Individual Results May Vary