Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Menopause
Since its inception in 2008, the Westmount Wellness Centre has worked to provide natural and physiological solutions to women suffering from hormonal disorders including menopausal symptoms. While pharmacological treatments are numerous on the market, they are often synthetic molecules with many side effects and whose dose is difficult to adjust to each patient’s needs. Bioidentical hormones are unique in that they are identical in molecular structure and function to the hormones produced in the human body; therefore, they can be more easily metabolized to prevent vicious side effects.
Women that are close to menopause are often experiencing perimenopause, which causes them to experience hot flashes, headaches, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, irritability, or depression. Perimenopause is the period of transition before menopause during which the body is preparing to stop reproductive capabilities, and as a result, the ovaries decrease production of ovarian hormones. During perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone are declining, and this phase can last from 4-6 years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea. Other symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular menstrual periods, painful periods, increased PMS, acne, insomnia, and mood swings.
Menopause & Bioidentical Hormones
After perimenopause, women enter into menopause, which occurs when a woman does not have a menstrual period for twelve consecutive months. During this time, the ovaries produce both estrogen and progesterone, and when the ovaries stop producing sufficient amounts of these hormones, which occurs typically during age-related hormone decline, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help restore the necessary levels of these hormones in a woman’s body. Both estrogen and progesterone have several health benefits for a woman, and supplementing these hormones can help address some of the adverse symptoms arising out of menopause that include hot flashes, weight gain, insomnia, thinning hair, brittle nails, night sweats, depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement can help women experiencing perimenopause and menopause. It may also be used to relieve some of the following symptoms in older and younger women.
Some of the issues Bioidentical hormones can help to improve include:
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Fibrocystic Breasts
- Water Retention & Bloating
- Osteoporosis & Osteopenia
- Weight Gain
- Hot Flashes
- Dry Or Coarse Skin & Hair
- Hair Loss
- Poor Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is an intake of hormones naturally synthesized by the body, including estradiol, estriol, and progesterone. They are generally administered trans-dermally with a cream allowing a good absorption and avoiding the metabolism by the liver when encountered when taken orally.
The assessment of the patient’s needs is usually done in two stages. The first appointment is about an hour and half to record medical history, perform an initial assessment, and understand the patient’s needs. Next, a routine follow-up is usually scheduled after two months of treatment. During this follow-up, your hormone levels are tested with a saliva or blood test to reassess the prescribed dose. An adjustment will be made at this time if necessary. A yearly routine appointment is usually scheduled for follow-up.