Many women ask us if menopause is something that needs to be treated. After all, it might be largely unpleasant, but isn’t it a natural stage in a woman’s life? At Revitalize Anti Aging Centers we believe the answer to both questions is “yes.” While there’s no avoiding menopause, just as such natural functions as pregnancy and menstrual issues involve medical treatment to make the process easier and healthier, there is a lot that can be done to minimize the unpleasant side effects associated with menopause.
Menopause and Peri-Menopause Basics
Menopause typically occurs between 49 and 52 years of age. Although the end of menstruation is the prime marker of menopause, many women experience symptoms well before they stop having periods. This time is known as peri-menopause. It can occur anytime between the ages of 40 and 50 with an average onset of 47.5 years of age. Peri-menopause can last up to 8 years.
Menopause itself is often defined as having occurred when a woman has not had any menstrual bleeding for a year. It is associated with a decrease in estrogen and progesterone production by the ovaries. While every woman eventually goes through menopause and it’s entirely natural and normal, many women must deal with symptoms that can be very disconcerting. These are due to the decreasing levels of estrogen, progesterone, and even testosterone. (Contrary to what you might assume, testosterone is present in women, though in lesser amounts than in men.)
These symptoms can include hot flashes, irregular periods, depression, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, low energy, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, weight gain, difficulty focusing and concentrating, osteoporosis, decreased muscle strength, heart disease, vaginal dryness, painful sex, decreased sexual drive or libido, loss of skin elasticity, and even atrophy of genitalia. Fortunately, there is a lot we can do to minimize or alleviate these symptoms and greatly improve women’s quality of life in their middle years and beyond.
While there are numerous longstanding treatments for these issues separately, they are mostly band-aid solutions to hormonally-driven problems. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) with estrogen, progesterone, and small amounts of testosterone can alleviate many of the negative effects associated with peri-menopause and menopause more effectively than older approaches.
In addition to its other benefits, BHRT can result in the elimination of night sweats and hot flashes while fostering increased energy levels, feelings of well-being, better sleep, improvement in concentration and memory, a restored sex drive, improved heart health, and the prevention of weight gain.
Taking Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical estrogen and testosterone replacement in women can be accomplished via creams or sustained-release pellets. The pellets are inserted through a small injection in the hip area every three or four months. Progesterone, on the other hand, is usually given orally.
Here at Revitalize Anti Aging Centers, ensuring the efficacy of treatments is always a priority. By testing regularly, we monitor the levels of these hormones over time and adjust dosages to optimize treatment for every patient.
Beginning Menopause Treatment
If you’re interested in learning more about how Revitalized Anti Aging Centers can improve the overall quality of your life, call us today at the number on your screen to inquire about a free consultation and to make way for a better tomorrow. You can also reach out electronically through our contact page. Patients from Encino, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and beyond are benefitting from our treatments, why not you?