Thriving Through Menopause with Bioidentical Hormones
We all experience ups and downs with our hormones. Sometimes they come on a monthly basis and sometimes on a daily basis. Hormone fluctuations are a natural part of life, but the biggest, most impactful hormone struggles for many women come during menopause.
Some women seem to experience menopause with only minor discomfort, while others experience severe, disruptive symptoms. While you can’t stop menopause from occurring, there are solutions to reduce many of the worst symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment option that can help you through menopause without sacrificing your wellbeing or quality of life. Houston Menopause Specialist, Faith M. Whittier M.D. is highly trained in helping women transition through this time with confidence and grace using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Are you suffering from any of these symptoms?
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Hot flashes
- Wrinkling/Age lines
- Bone density loss
- Mood swings
- Declining sex drive
Treating Menopause with Bioidentical Hormones
While hormone replacement therapy can’t stop your body from going through this natural process, it can help to reduce or eliminate many of the associated symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacment therapy is a natural treatment option that many women find preferable to synthetic hormone replacement solutions.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from natural sources such as soy and yams, but what makes them truly unique is that they are chemically identical to the natural hormones that your body normally produces. This means that when you give your body bioidentical hormones to supplement those that your body is not producing, it really can’t tell the difference! This is not the case with synthetic hormones.
Synthetic hormones are not identical to your body’s natural hormones. Synthetic hormones are altered with unnatural chemical components so that their formulas can be patented by their manufacturers. Many women have tried synthetic hormones but later switched to bioidentical hormones because of adverse side-effects caused by the synthetic hormones.
- Symptoms of Estrogen Deficiency:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mental fogginess
- Changes in mood
- Symptoms of perimenopause and menopause
- Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Foggy thinking or memory loss
- Bone loss, aches, or pains
- Water retention
- Increased risk of uterine or breast cancer
- Yeast infections
- Hair loss
Testosterone in Women
Yes, women have testosterone in their bodies! Women tend to make around one-seventh the amount per day compared to men. But testosterone is important in women also, so correcting deficiency is important. Testosterone levels can become deficient as we get older, but can start at any age. It is also common for women who have had their ovaries removed or who are going through menopause to have deficient testosterone.
Functions of testosterone in women include:
- Increased bone mass
- Increased muscle mass and tone
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased libido
- Improved quality of life
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- Prevents aches, pains and arthritis
- Reduces breast cancer
- Aids in prevention of headaches/migraines
Your thyroid gland, through the hormones it produces, influences almost all of your metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders involve either too much or too little thyroid production. The signs and symptoms can vary but in general tend to develop slowly, often times over a number of years. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism and can cause a variety of symptoms. At first, you may barely notice the symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
- Thinning hair
- Muscle aches and tenderness
- Unexplained weight gain
Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions. Vitamin D is called a vitamin, however it is really an essential hormone. Vitamin D is better known for its ability to promote bone strength by increasing calcium absorption, but it is also well known for helping prevent heart disease and cancer. As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. Regularly checking your blood levels of Vitamin D is essential because symptoms of low vitamin D are usually unnoticed.
Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:
- Bone pain
- Cracking sensation in the bones
- Muscle weakness, fatigue
- Back pain
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of appetite and weakness
Personalized Treatment Plan
If the transition into menopause is affecting your health and well-being or simply the way you feel, we can help. We have natural remedies to assist your body to restore its equilibrium and we can also prescribe bio-identical hormones for women who need them. We take an individualized approach to determine if bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is right for you. Our goal is to optimize your health and improve your symptoms in the most effective and natural way possible.
Faith M. Whittier M.D. is now offering cutting edge Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at her Houston office as well as through the latest advancements in Telemedicine. Through HIPPA compliant secure videoconferencing she is able to diagnose a variety of hormonal imbalances, prescribe medications, recommend supplements and order home collection and wellness kits. Offering her patients comprehensive treatment plans that encompass Mind, Body and Spirit practices.