Hormonal Replacement Therapy

h-patient.jpgMenopause is a time in a woman’s life where her ovaries lose the ability to produce estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Estrogen, progesterone and Testosterone fall to nearly undetectable levels, and women develop menopausal symptoms that would affect their quality of life.   Menopause occurs at the average age of 51. Stress, illness and certain medications, especially chemotherapy, lead to premature menopause. Blood tests reveal low estrogen and high FSH (a pituitary hormone) levels. Menses diminish and become irregular, and eventually cease.

Symptoms of hormone deficiency in women are many:

-    Hot flashes, night sweats, clammy skin- most typical and sometimes the earliest symptoms of menopause
-    Irritability, anger
-    Difficulty concentrating
-    Anxiety
-    Depression, sometimes a sense of impending death
-    Impaired memory  / Foggy Mind
-    Insomnia
-    Loss of interest in or desire for sex
-    Vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse
-    Recurring urinary tract and vaginal infections
-    Urinary incontinence
-    Fatigue, lack of energy
-    Weight gain
-    Muscle and joint pains
-    Dry and wrinkled skin
-    Hair loss
-    Lightheadedness
-    Numbness or tingling of the extremities
-    Osteoporosis symptoms: loss of height, spine, hip or wrist fracture

Bio-identical hormones are one form of therapy for menopausal symptoms.  Bio-identical hormones are an exact chemical match to hormones naturally occurring in the human body. These chemicals are extracted from the yam and soy plants. They are synthesized to be identical to the molecules of the hormones naturally produced by women and men. The body recognizes the bio-identical hormones from these plants exactly like they would the hormones produced from the ovaries. It is important to know that the absorption pathway can make a difference in the effectiveness and the side effects depending on if the hormones are taken by pill, topically, pellet therapy.

Here at Willowbrook Women’s Health & Wellness, we will evaluate your hormonal needs and provide you with the most appropriate bio-identical hormone replacement therapy regimen.