03 May Menopause: What You Need to Know
For the countless women today going through menopause, one of the most frustrating parts of this process has to do with the hormone-related symptoms associated with this change. Different women go through different symptoms during menopause, but many women struggle with similar issues with hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Some women also have issues with insomnia, dry skin, and feeling the need to urinate.
While most women don’t really want to go through menopause, it is a natural process and part of life and if you better understand this change and what it includes, then you can be better prepared for this change.
Why Do Women Struggle With Uncomfortable Symptoms During Menopause?
Uncomfortable symptoms happen because, during menopause, a woman’s ovaries no longer produce high levels of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen plays an important role in the body and helps thicken the lining of your uterus to help prepare it for pregnancy, estrogen also has other benefits as well, including:
- Helping your body use calcium to strengthen bones
- Assists the body in maintaining healthy blood cholesterol levels
- Keeps your vagina healthy
- Prevents osteoporosis
Progesterone levels also drop during menopause. Progesterone is another important hormone made by the ovaries and helps to prepare the uterus for egg fertilization. It also improves mood and sleep and helps regulate your blood pressure.
Hormone Therapy And Menopause
When you transition to menopause and your body stops producing high levels of estrogen and progesterone, they can cause very uncomfortable symptoms. But it doesn’t mean that women have to live that way. This is all thanks to hormone therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy or Hormone Therapy can be used to boost your hormone levels and relieve some menopause-related symptoms. Depending on your individual case, you may either take estrogen alone, through a gel, spray, cream, patch, or pill. Typically, your doctor will start you on the lowest dose of estrogen possible to relieve menopause symptoms and may need to adjust your estrogen levels a few things until your symptoms start to minimize.
Your doctor may also give you a combination hormone therapy including progesterone, or progestin which is a synthetic form of progesterone. Typically, if you are doing a combination, you will take either pills or a patch.
In addition to helping with the unwanted symptoms associated with menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy can also include a number of other health benefits including:
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Improved mood and overall sense of mental well-being
- Decreased tooth loss
- The lowered risk of colon cancer and diabetes
- And more!
Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we know just how frustrating menopause-related symptoms can be. This is why we proudly offer Hormone Replacement Therapy for our clients struggling with hormone-related issues during menopause. Just call us today at 817-369-3605 to schedule an appointment with our team and we can get you back on track to feeling like yourself.