Most women are already well-educated about the onset of menopause due to its obvious effects. During menopause, aging women stop producing important hormones like estrogen and progesterone, leading to the cessation of functions like menstruation and egg production. However, it’s common for women to be unaware that the age-related decline of hormone production can actually begin years before menopause actually starts, with the onset of perimenopause. Perimenopause can actually begin as early as the mid-thirties, and because of its subtle effects it’s often as difficult to deal with as menopause itself.
Perimenopause is beginning to occur earlier and earlier in women’s lives. Unbelievably, women as young as thirty can be susceptible to the loss of important hormones, causing unpleasant effects. A drop in hormone production is associated with several lifestyle factors, which include:
For these and other reasons, it’s now fairly commonplace for women to report age-related hormone loss years before their mothers and grandmothers did, with all the bodily issues that come with it. But these hormone deficiencies can be helped. Thanks to modern technology, hormone imbalances can be rectified in a safe and healthy way, regulating hormone levels and modulating the effects of hormone loss. The answer is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), and it can reduce hot flashes, inexplicable weight gain, and sleep problems. It also lowers women’s susceptibility to lifestyle diseases like heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
Perimenopause and menopause are widely misunderstood, even among doctors who specialize in women’s health issues. The common perception is that during perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone levels slowly drop until they reach their low point. This leads to cessation of ovarian function, egg production, and menstruation. This is an incomplete version of the true story. Over the course of a woman’s life, estrogen and progesterone will work in concert to maintain reproductive health. During puberty, they produce secondary sex characteristics like breasts, and in maturity they direct the normal processes of ovulation and menstruation. The fluctuation of these hormone levels rises and falls with the menstrual cycle; in addition, both are very important to pregnancy. Perimenopause involves disturbance to this normal rise and fall of hormone levels. Progesterone and estrogen don’t decline on a simple schedule: they can abruptly swing one way or the other with little warning or reason. This change in hormone levels causes symptoms of hormone imbalance. Surpluses and deficits of estrogen and progesterone is what causes the symptoms of perimenopause, which include:
These problems are extremely common. Millions of women across American deal with hormone imbalance, and age-related hormone problems can begin twenty years before menopause actually starts. In the United States, menopause typically sets in around the age of fifty, but women in their thirties still may experience the negative effects of hormone loss. Perimenopause and menopause are the principal causes of these changes, but there are other factors from which female hormone imbalance can stem. These factors include:
The good news is that Texas women suffering from hormone imbalance can take steps to bring their bodies back to ideal levels. A program of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, created specifically for your body, will mitigate the symptoms of hormone imbalance while lowering the risk of serious, long-term disease. The first step in BHRT is measurement of a woman’s hormone levels. The hormones a physician will typically test include:
Your doctor will analyze the results of these hormone tests and use them to customize a program of hormone replacement therapy. When correctly administering, BHRT can have a world of effects, which include:
The doctors at Genemedics clinics have years of experience designing hormone replacement programs for women that work without causing side effects. All Genemedics physicians have undergone thousands of hours of training, as well as certification by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. If you think that symptoms you’re experiencing could be the result of female hormone imbalance, call any Genemedics clinic to set up an initial appointment and find out if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
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