Hormone Balance and Menopause
A guide to understanding more about menopause.
Hormone Balance and Menopause
Menopause is a major transition for women as they age. Most women begin menopause in their 40s-50s. Rarely, menopause can affect women at a younger age. Many self-directed therapies — including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) — can significantly ease the many symptoms of menopause. These therapies can restore the quality of life, including feeling and looking younger, in women who receive them.
We will explore the causes and symptoms of menopause in further detail below, as well as treatment strategies for women experiencing the condition.
What Is Menopause?
Menopause occurs when a woman’s ovaries cease to produce progesterone and estrogen, the two main female sex hormones. In the absence of these hormones, the ovaries stop releasing eggs, and the monthly menstruation cycle (including the period) stops.
By its clinical definition, menopause begins when a woman has not had her period for 12 months. Menopause is a natural and normal part of the life cycle, but it often comes with symptoms that can sometimes be debilitating.
What Are the Symptoms of Menopause?
The symptoms of menopause, which differ in severity from woman to woman, can include:
- Night sweats.
- Inability to focus.
- Low libido (sex drive).
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping).
- Vaginal dryness.
- Mood swings.
- Hot flashes.
- Unusual patterns of periods.
How Can Women Treat Menopause Symptoms With Self-Directed Therapies?
Women experiencing menopause have several options for finding relief from their symptoms and recovering their quality of life.
In addition to preventing the worst of menopause symptoms, these changes can also keep you healthy by keeping your weight in check. The hormonal changes seen in menopause can drive weight gain, which in turn increases risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious conditions. Therefore, controlling weight during menopause is important to maintain good health.
Strategies to minimize menopause symptoms, and associated weight gain, include:
- Diet modification. What women eat plays an important role in how they feel during menopause. Focus on including more healthy, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. Limit your carbohydrate intake to 150 grams per day or less. Also, include foods rich in phytoestrogen compounds like soy, flaxseeds, and beans.
- Regular moderate cardiovascular exercise. You don’t have to compete in a triathlon, but getting regular, moderate amounts of cardio such as running or walking 30 minutes daily is proven to ease the symptoms of menopause.
- Increase water intake. Most people don’t drink enough water, but menopausal women should be especially careful about optimizing their fluid intake, which can boost metabolism, reduce bloating, and help consume fewer empty calories.
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) involves the insertion of a small hormone “pellet” under the skin. Over time, these pellets release all-natural bioidentical estrogen into the blood, which substitutes for the estrogen previously released by the ovaries.
The estrogen used in BHRT is sourced from plants. These phytoestrogens are molecularly identical to the estrogen produced naturally in the ovaries, so they are exceptionally safe and well-tolerated.
How Can BHRT Help Women Treat Menopause Symptoms?
The increase in estrogen provided by BHRT dramatically reduces the severity and duration of menopause symptoms in nearly all women who receive this form of hormone replacement therapy.
Women who receive BHRT with estrogen report:
- Feeling younger and more vibrant.
- Increased energy levels.
- Restored sex drive.
- Improved sleep quality.
- Healthier sexual function.
- More enjoyable sex.
Women who receive BHRT for menopause also experience boosts in metabolism (calorie burning), which is important for weight loss.
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If you or a loved one is experiencing the negative symptoms associated with menopause discussed above, please reach out to EvexiPEL. Our helpful Find a Provider function can help you locate a certified BHRT expert near you. If you have additional questions about BHRT for menopause, you can reach us by email at [email protected]. Recovering your good hormone health during menopause is possible; make the first step by contacting us today to get started.
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