Menopause is a natural phase of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to deal with the symptoms that occur when your hormone levels change. The team at Balanced Medical Solutions in Hayward, California, offers a variety of treatments to ease or erase the symptoms of menopause. To learn how balancing your hormones can improve your menopause experience, call the San Francisco Bay Area office, or book an appointment online today.request an appointment
What is menopause?
Menopause is when your menstrual periods stop completely, and you can no longer get pregnant. You officially reach menopause after 12 straight months without a period, but the months and years leading up to that also involve significant changes to your body.
How does menopause affect my hormones?
Estrogen and progesterone are the major hormones in a woman’s body. After menopause, your body produces lower levels of these hormones. Because hormones regulate most of your bodily functions, even a small hormonal imbalance can cause noticeable symptoms.
In addition to increasing your risk for medical conditions like osteoporosis, hormonal imbalances are responsible for most of the unpleasant symptoms that come to mind when you think of menopause.
Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. During perimenopause, your hormone levels can change randomly and dramatically, causing unexpected menopause symptoms like hot flashes.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Fluctuating or declining levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms. Common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
- Decreased desire for sex (libido)
- Pain during sex
If menopause symptoms negatively affect your quality of life, the team at Balanced Medical Solutions can help.
What treatments are available for menopause?
The team at Balanced Medical Solutions offers the latest treatment for hormone imbalances that result from menopause and perimenopause. After carefully evaluating your condition and reviewing your medical history, they create a personalized treatment plan that may include:
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
Bioidentical hormones are chemically and molecularly identical to the hormones your body produces. Unlike traditional hormone replacements, which are derived from animal and synthetic sources, bioidentical hormones come from plants like yams and soy.
Progesterone replacement therapy (PRT)
If you haven’t undergone a hysterectomy and still have your uterus, PRT may be a beneficial supplement to estrogen replacement. PRT protects your uterus from changes that may result from taking estrogen alone.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has a significant impact on how you feel during and after menopause. The team at Balanced Medical Solutions may advise you on lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress.
If menopause symptoms are causing problems in your life, call Balanced Medical Solutions, or book an appointment online today.
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