Coming Fall 2019. Dr. Andrea Alexander
While women around you fretted about their upcoming change of life, you were looking forward to it for some time. You couldn’t wait for the day when you didn’t have to worry about ruining your best white pants because you couldn’t get to a restroom in time to change a tampon.
But as you moved from perimenopause to menopause and your estrogen levels dipped, you may have become just a bit of nostalgia for your menstrual period. At least you knew when it was coming and what you’d have to deal with.
At OBGYN Care of Houston, we understand that each stage of a woman’s life has its perks and its downsides. If you’re having trouble with the symptoms of menopause, we may recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to help you feel in control again.
In the early days of treating menopause symptoms, researchers derived hormone replacement compounds from animal sources, such as mare’s urine. But with BHRT, labs derive their hormones from high-quality vegetable sources, such as soy and yams. They then synthesize hormone molecules that match the chemical and molecular structure of female human hormones.
Before prescribing BHRT, we analyze your current hormonal makeup. Based on your current levels and symptoms, we devise a BHRT plan just for you.
If you’ve been having menopause symptoms, you may not even recognize yourself. Instead of the transient moodiness you might have experienced with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), now you’re in a bad mood all the time. Plummeting estrogen levels create a variety of physical and mental symptoms such as:
Not only do the symptoms of menopause make you feel like a stranger to yourself, your partner may have trouble relating to you, too. Your lack of interest in sex, and the pain you feel when attempting intercourse, can seriously hamper your romantic life.
Because BHRT mimics your own hormones, it tends not to cause side effects like earlier versions of non-identical HRT. While BHRT comes in a variety of formulations, including creams, we often recommend a BHRT pellet, which we insert into your hip during a simple in-office surgical procedure that takes just minutes.
The BHRT pellet releases hormones gradually and consistently over three to four months, just as your body does. You usually need about 10 days until you feel your hormone levels stabilize. At that point, you should notice benefits such as:
Keeping your hormones at youthful levels may also protect you from losing bone density, reducing your risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. After three months, simply come back to OBGYN of Houston and we’ll insert a new pellet.
To find out if BHRT can help you regain your equilibrium and banish the troubling symptoms of menopause, call us today. You can even book your appointment with our handy online form.
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