Your hormones regulate numerous processes in your body, including how well you sleep, your appetite, your temperature, your mood, and many other physical aspects of your life. The most common reason for a hormone imbalance is menopause, and for many, symptoms after menopause make life uncomfortable.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a type of hormone therapy that is designed specifically for you. Dr. Spiegel is a specialist in bioidentical HRT, and can determine the exact dosage and mixture of hormones most likely to meet your needs. Here are 10 symptoms that you may have after menopause that bioidentical HRT may alleviate.
Hot flashes and night sweats
If you thought hot flashes and night sweats would become a thing of the past once you were postmenopausal, you may be disappointed. However, bioidentical HRT may help regulate your body’s temperature and relieve those annoying symptoms.
Poor sleep or not getting enough sleep has been associated with numerous other conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, among many others. Bioidentical HRT may help you sleep better, which can improve your overall level of health.
Minor memory lapses
The symptoms of menopause can extend into the months and years after you’ve stopped menstruating. Forgetfulness is a common problem, and though you may attribute it to aging, it could well be a symptom that could be alleviated through bioidentical HRT.
Dry skin and hair
Some of the symptoms that result from hormone imbalances are more about how you look and feel than your health. Your appearance and comfort are important to having a high quality of life. If you feel that your hair looks bad because it’s dry and breaking, or that your skin is noticeably dry, you’re not living your best life. Bioidentical HRT may alleviate some of the dryness that occurs after menopause.
Hormonal changes, such as during a normal menstrual cycle or pregnancy, can cause moodiness, but so can a sustained lower level of some hormones. If you just don’t feel like yourself anymore, bioidentical HRT may be a solution.
Post menopausal women sometimes experience vaginal atrophy, which is a painful condition caused by vaginal dryness or inflamation. It can make sex painful, as well as cause discomfort in your day-to-day life. Bioidentical HRT can help prevent or even reverse the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
Low sex drive
Lower levels of various hormones may make sex less enjoyable, or simply cause you to lose interest in sex. Balancing your hormone levels through bioidentical HRT may help you regain interest in sex.
Lowered bone density
One of the most dangerous symptoms women experience after menopause is lower bone density, which increases your risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Bioidentical HRT can help slow bone loss, and help your bones stay stronger for longer.
Possibly improved heart health
For many years, hormone replacement therapy was thought to improve cardiovascular health, then a group of studies seemed to show that HRT didn’t help with heart health. Now, most experts agree that whether or not any individual will experience cardiovascular benefits from HRT depends on that person’s circumstances.
For example, if you’ve already had a heart attack, you’re probably not a good candidate for bioidentical HRT. It’s best to talk to Dr. Spiegel in detail about your personal medical history and symptoms.
Overall quality of life
When you’re not experiencing the symptoms that can occur after menopause, you’re probably going to be sleeping better, feeling more comfortable in your own skin, and enjoying lower risk of other health problems. In other words, you’re likely to be enjoying a much higher quality of life.
If you’d like to learn more about bioidentical HRT and find out if you may be a good candidate, book an appointment online or by phone to discuss your situation with Dr. Spiegel. Begin investigating a higher quality of life today!