(BHRT) Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life that typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 55. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, menstruation ceases and the woman is no longer fertile. Menopause is typically confirmed when there is no period for 12 consecutive months. For some women, menopause can occur as early as the late 30s, or as late as the 60s. However, the average age of onset is 52 years of age. When menopause occurs before 40, it is considered premature menopause. For most women, menopausal symptoms diminish during the initial 2 to 5 years. On the contrary, for some it may take more than 10 years. Be aware that the degenerating effects of diminishing or absent hormones levels continue long after symptoms are gone. At Gurnee Andropause, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause may be used in conjunction with our Medically Supervised Programs including Weight Loss, IV Vitamin Therapy and Dietary Supplementation.
What Happens to the Body during Menopause?
The Effects of Menopause
- Heart pounding (heart palpitations)
- Rapid, irregular heartbeats
- Vaginal dryness
- Dry eyes
- Painful intercourse
- Sleep disturbances & insomnia
- Hot flashes and/or night sweats
- Abdominal weight gain
- Urine leakage
- Cravings for sweets or carbohydrates
- Brain fog (difficulty concentrating, memory problems)
- Weight gain, especially around the middle
- Stiffness and joint fatigue
- Mood Swings
Menopause Therapy in Gurnee IL
Women’s hormone levels begin to change in their middle to late 30s. Perimenopause is the process of change that leads up to menopause and usually occurs 2 to10 years prior to the onset of menopause. During perimenopause, progesterone and estrogen levels (as well as other sex hormone levels) decline. However, progesterone declines more rapidly than estrogen. These fluctuating and declining hormone levels cause menstrual cycle changes, such as irregularity, or heavier or lighter cycles.
Eventually progesterone and estrogen levels drop enough that the menstrual cycle stops and menopause begins. The decline in hormones causes many of the well-known physical and emotional symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms vary from person to person and can be dramatic or simple, gradual or abrupt in onset.
The severity of symptoms is influenced by insults to the body. Excessive or chronic stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and exposure to environmental toxins all contribute to the decline in hormone levels.
How Menopause Treatment Works
Perimenopause and Menopause | Hormone Replacement Therapy
During the initial visit, which takes less than an hour, you will complete a comprehensive, women’s health assessment. Blood for labs will be drawn, and take and measure other vitals.
On the second visit, you will meet with Dr. Tack to discuss your lab results, health assessment, and goals to create a personalized treatment plan. This also takes less than an hour.
The treatment regimen is based on your individual needs. Patients typically utilize at home treatments in conjunction with other hormone medications.
Once your treatment plan is underway, Dr. Tack will stay up-to-date on your progress through feedback from you, regular labs, and leading-edge technology that optimizes treatments to maximize your health and wellness.
Benefits of Menopause Therapy
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Menopause begins in your 40s or 50s — at 51, on average. It is a natural process during which your ovaries slowly stop producing eggs and releasing them into your uterus every month. This change disrupts the hormonal shifts that normally come (or came) with your menstrual cycle. Menopause Treatment can relieve vasomotor symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Menopause Therapy inhibits the production of cortisol, which is one of the reasons it is such an effective stress reducer. What’s more, fat storage shifts from the hips and thighs to the abdomen during menopause. This increases the risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. By reducing cortisol levels, Menopause Treatment will increase metabolism and lead to weight loss.
Menopause Treatment relieves genital and urinary symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness or discharge, burning or itching of vulva, painful sex, spotting or bleeding after intercourse and urinary problems.
Individualized Treatmentof hormone therapy is based on each woman’s specific needs, hormone levels, symptoms, and health goals. Unlike one-size-fits-all approaches, individualized BHRT includes comprehensive assessments, including hormone testing and medical evaluations where we can determine the precise hormonal imbalances and deficiencies unique to each patient.
During the transition into menopause, which can last several years, many women experience some depression.
Estrogen delivered through a skin patch has been provenTrusted Source effective in easing symptoms of depression. There isn’t any evidence so far that estrogen can relieve depression after menopause.
Studies have shown a stimulation in deep sleep, making it ideal for patients who suffer from sleep disturbance or insomnia.
Increases the amount of time that a person spends in deep sleep (slow wave sleep). This, in turn, can have a positive impact on mood, anxiety and even memory, helping to consolidate the other benefits of menopause treatments
Menopause increases the risk of bone loss, osteoporosis, and fractures.
ResearchTrusted Source shows that 1 to 2 years of estrogen-based BHRT may help improve bone density and protect the structure of your bones as you get older.
As you age, you tend to lose muscle mass. You need muscle mass for mobility, strength, and balance.
BHRT can help prevent the loss of muscle. When combined with exercise, HRT may help increase muscle mass and strengthen your muscles.
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Gurnee Andropause (Dr. Paul C. Tack - Center for Internal Medicine) is located in Gurnee, IL, just behind Six Flags Great America. From the 294, go East on Grand Ave. (Route 132) to the 3rd stoplight, turn right on Riverside Drive. Our office is located on the East side of the street in the Windsor Court Office Park.
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