Menopausal Hormone Therapy functions by returning hormone levels, such as those of estrogen and progesterone, back to normal. This treatment plan has been shown to reduce hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and loss of bone density. Improving these symptoms can lead to an overall better quality of life. Our individualized programs will get you feeling younger again.
Menopause marks the termination of the female reproductive cycle, usually diagnosed with a year of absent periods. The average age of onset for menopause is 51, but this is age is variable, as the range also includes the late 30s. Menopause can be medically diagnosed via a blood test to measure the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in the blood. The results of this blood test help medical professionals determine what stage of menopause the patient is in, due to the fact that leading up to and during menopause the ovaries produce fewer hormones. The change in hormone production affects a woman’s body in various ways.
As the onset of menopause approaches, the ovaries produce fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone, causing periods to either become irregular, heavy, or both. Commonly experienced symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, and headaches. It is important to note that menopause may not only be induced organically but also through the result of various medical conditions, including the removal of the ovaries (ovariohysterectomy).
Until menopause, women are known to have lowered risk for cardiovascular disease. Near the onset and during menopause, estrogen levels begin to plummet. This may be the reason that menopause, and the resulting estrogen imbalance, are associated with increased risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other severe health issues.
According to research, in addition to protecting the heart and arteries, estrogen also protects against cognitive decline during the aging process. Thus, estrogen is important as it helps combat Alzheimer’s disease. Women are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s due to the reduced estrogen production after menopause. Fortunately, epidemiological research shows that receiving hormone replacement decreases your risk for developing this life-changing disease.
Absolutely! In fact, women have more testosterone circulating in their blood than they have estrogen. Testosterone is important for energy, libido, mood, healthy body composition and numerous other effects. Testosterone levels steadily decline as women age just as they do in men. After menopause, testosterone levels in women are at their lowest.