Women

Bio-identical hormone replacement for women

Full Life Wellness Center & Woman's Care - Health SignMenopause

A natural part of aging? Yes. Menopause or the “change of life” affects each woman in a different way. Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility and a natural biological process, not a medical illness. Just the same, menopause can lead to symptoms that sap you of energy and even cause feelings of sadness and loss.

Menopause occurs in most women between the ages of 45 and 55, although some women enter menopause in their thirties. Before you reach menopause, you will experience perimenopause. During this time, your ovaries will gradually produce less and less estrogen. This stage can last as long as 10 years, although the average is 4 years. During perimenopause, you may start to experience many of the symptoms that people associate with menopause, such as hot flashes and irregular menstrual periods. Menopause occurs when you have not had a period for one year. Your period will most likely become very irregular. It may last longer or shorter than normal and your flow may increase. You may find that you never know quite when to expect your period and may even go several months without having a period before it resumes again.

Symptoms Associated with Menopause

  • Sleepless nights
  • Moodiness
  • Hot flashes
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Headaches
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Thinning hair
  • Sagging skin
  • Fragile bones

For those who decide that these symptoms are unbearable, they often resort to synthetic pharmaceutical hormone replacement products. These synthetic hormones are the one’s that the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) utilized and they were found to lead to increase cardiovascular and cancer risk.

Fortunately, bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) offers an alternative solution. It not only offers potential relief from menopausal symptoms, but it can also lead to increased quality of life in many ways.