Bioidentical Hormones for Perimenopause and Menopause

The signs and effects of the menopause transition can begin as early as age 35, although most women become aware of the transition in their mid to late 40s. Normally lasting for several years, its duration varies for every woman, and its course is impossible to predict. During perimenopause, which can last 4-6 years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea, a woman’s menstrual cycle becomes irregular and varied, and fertility becomes diminished.

Menopause – A woman is considered to have reached menopause when a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle.

Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted. Women going through menopause often experience a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats and/or cold flashes
  • Irritability, mood swings, sudden tears
  • Loss of libido, vaginal dryness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue, anxiety, and more
  • Urinary urgency
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Clammy skin
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

Perimenopause – Perimenopause is the word that describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.

Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

Menopause treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and on preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with aging.

Aging is difficult enough for women without having to suffer from declining hormone levels. Women often complain of a diminished sense of wellbeing, chronic fatigue, and a loss of libido just to mention a few hormone imbalance symptoms. Once women realize they can restore their natural hormones (their bodies once made abundantly) with bioidentical hormones, they can restore their energy, feelings of wellbeing, and sexuality.

Too many women have given up trying to find the right combination of estrogen and testosterone hormones. Once this hormonal balance is determined, combining hormone replacement with a healthy lifestyle and appropriate diet, will allow females to return to a healthy and vibrant lifestyle as well as maximize the years in which to enjoy it.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy using Estrogen therapy remains, by far, the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief for you.