Menopause is a period in women’s lives when levels of the female hormone, estrogen, begin to decrease. The response to this gradual reduction of hormones can vary from one woman to another. Some women may have few or no symptoms. Others may have severe physical discomforts and mood fluctuations. Symptoms can even interfere with your daily activities. Today, a variety of treatment methods are available to help relieve these problems and provide greater comfort for your daily life.
Many women in the menopausal years experience sudden feelings of intense heat that seem to spread all over their bodies. You may also become flushed and sweaty during these episodes. Episodes can occur frequently and may become an embarrassing problem at work and during social interactions. In addition, some women may have these uncomfortable episodes for years. Avoiding warm environments, spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol can reduce the number of hot flashes experience during the day. Wearing lightweight, breathable fabrics can also help. Food products containing soy can help reduce uncomfortable episodes. If you are not able to get relief from these measures, ask your doctor about hormone replacement therapy that can help.
When hot flashes occur during sleep, they are called “night sweats.” These episodes can make women feel overheated and sweaty, awakening them from sleep repeatedly during the night and making it difficult to get sufficient rest. You can relieve symptoms by keeping your bedroom cool, by using breathable sheets and by placing an ice pack under your pillow.
Many women in their mid-40’s and early 50’s experience disturbing mood swings related to fluctuations in hormone levels. They may find themselves depressed or anxious, without any obvious external cause. Some women may find themselves breaking into tears over small, everyday incidents. This reaction occurs when hormone levels begin to decrease, causing fluctuations in neurotransmitter chemicals in the body. Regular exercise and stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, or other calming activities can help to relieve troubling mood swings.
Women in their late 40 and early 50’s often experience increasing weight that is unrelated to their normal eating patterns. In many cases, the extra pounds add up over a period of time and can be very difficult to lose. This “creeping weight gain” is one of the common symptoms of aging. Much of it can be attributed to the loss of muscle mass which is a natural part of aging and which causes less efficient burning of calories that are consumed. Poor sleep patterns in menopausal women can also contribute to weight gain. Reduced calorie intake and more exercise can help to halt excess pounds that often occur. Hormone replacement therapy can also be used to relieve these problems.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Can Help
Hormones that closely mimic the molecular structure of natural hormones can be produced from plant sources and in the laboratory. These are produced to closely match the women’s own hormones and are known as ‘bio-identical hormone replacement.” BHRT for women offers plant-derived and synthetic hormone replacement to relieve common symptoms. These hormones can be delivered to the body in the form of pills, gels and trans-dermal patches.
Hormone Pellets Offer A New Option
A new treatment for hormone replacement has been developed that involves tiny pellets that are inserted under the skin which gradually release hormones into the body at a constant rate. The pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and are placed under the skin of the lower abdomen or buttocks. They continue to work for 3 to 4 months and can be one of the most convenient methods of hormone replacement for women. Your doctor will determine the best dosage to restore hormone balance and alleviate your symptoms.
Hormonal fluctuation can result in a range of health issues. Women don’t have to suffer through the uncomfortable symptoms that often occur during menopause. A free consultation with your doctor at our clinic can find the best option to relieve unpleasant symptoms, so you can enjoy life to the fullest.