Each year 1.3 million women enter the menopausal stage of life, a normal process that occurs as women age.
Unfortunately, many women experience some unpleasant symptoms as a part of this transition into the next phase of life. You don’t have to be one of the many millions who suffer in silence, however.
By working with Jerry Lyon, APRN, FNP-BC, and the knowledgeable team at White Integrated Health Clinics, you can start to feel like yourself again. Take a moment to learn more about bioidentical hormone therapy and whether it’s right for you.
Signs you are entering menopause
As you get closer to menopause, your ovaries produce less estrogen. This typically happens between the ages of 45 and 55. The shortage of hormones can trigger several symptoms.
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of muscle mass
- Changes in mood
- Loss of energy
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during sex
These symptoms may be a sign that you’re coming to the end of your reproductive period. This doesn’t mean it’s an end to your enjoyment of life, though.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Because your hormones are such an integral part of the chemical messages your body sends, the slightest imbalance can cause your bodily functions to go haywire. This is why your body struggles to regulate basic functions such as sleep, mood, temperature, and appetite.
Hormone replacement therapy aims to restore your hormones to their optimal balance. As you get closer to your ideal levels, your symptoms should subside.
While many women use hormone therapy to treat their symptoms, it can also reduce your mortality rate for chronic diseases. Think of hormone therapy as a way to help your body get the hormones it can no longer produce on its own.
How are bioidentical hormones different?
Traditionally, synthetic hormones used in replacement therapy were derived from such sources as the urine of pregnant horses. Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, come from plant sources, such as soybeans and yams. Because they’re made in a lab, bioidentical hormones have the advantage of being able to come in a wide range of dosage combinations, so you tailor your therapy to your individual needs.
These hormones get custom made for you based on your saliva test. This can get you closer to your optimal levels faster than with more “natural” hormone therapy.
Our approach: Compassion and care
The White Integrated Health Clinics approach combines high levels of compassion and care in helping you regain your quality of life. The first step in your hormone therapy is a physical exam and review of your medical history.
Next, your hormone levels get checked along with a comprehensive blood test. Once the team at White Integrated Health Clinics determines whether you’re a good candidate, they create a custom treatment plan.
Your care provider will work with you to decide what method of administration works best for you. You have the option of implanted pellets, injections, patches, or a topical cream or gel.
The providers at White Integrated Health Clinics take an active role in your treatment by monitoring your progress and making required changes as they arise.
Find relief from your menopause symptoms
When you meet with the care providers at White Integrated Health Clinics, you take your health and enjoyment of life in your hands, knowing that you don’t have to accept all of the symptoms that come with menopause.
The first step is to determine if you’re a good candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Call to make an appointment or book one on the website to find out if bioidentical hormones can help you.