Bioidentical Natural Hormone Replacement
During menopause, a woman’s natural estrogen levels begin to fall. Less estrogen results in a number of symptoms, such as fatigue, hot flashes, and loss of libido, mood changes and hair loss to name a few. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy we offer in our Vancouver clinic, or HRT, is one of the best ways to treat menopause symptoms. Traditional HRT requires the use of medications containing female hormones to replace the hormones that the body no longer makes on its own. Natural hormone replacement is an alternative approach to treating the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
Importance of Hormone Replacement
Estrogen plays many important roles in the body. First, estrogen is responsible for the thickening of the uterus which prepares the egg for implantation. Estrogen also helps the body keep our bones healthy, keep vaginal tissue healthy, and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. However, with the drop of estrogen and other hormones like progesterone during menopause uncomfortable symptoms can occur. From mood changes and vaginal dryness to painful intercourse and sleep problems, these symptoms can vary in severity from woman to woman. However, by replenishing the body’s estrogen, natural hormone replacement therapy can help relieve menopause symptoms.
Natural HRT Treatment Options
In women, progesterone is a hormone produced in the ovaries. During perimenopause and menopause, low levels of progesterone can affect a woman’s sex drive. A natural treatment known as bioidentical progesterone replacement has been deemed effective in balancing a woman’s hormones while increasing libido. Bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as hormones that are made naturally in the body. These hormones are produced using natural ingredients that are readily available through standard prescriptions or via certified compounding pharmacists. When providing patients with bioidentical hormones, a thorough background and health screening is required to create a customized treatment plan.
There are many benefits of choosing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including the following:
- 🍂Promotes healthy sleep patterns
- 🍂Restores memory and mental functioning
- 🍂Transforms fat into lean muscle mass
- 🍂Reverses dry skin and sparse, thinning hair
- 🍂Lessens wrinkles by boosting elastin and collagen
- 🍂Improves healing capacity and boosts immune functioning
- 🍂Prevents cardiovascular deterioration
- 🍂Improves bone density and mass while reducing osteoporosis
- 🍂Boosts exercise endurance
Bioidentical hormone therapy has been proven effective in treating a wide range of symptoms. Remember, diet, stress, and lifestyle all impact how our hormones function on a day-to-day basis. When you experience certain symptoms, it is essentially your body telling you that your hormones are out of balance. Some common symptoms you may experience include:
- 🍂Energy loss
- 🍂Irregular periods
- 🍂Hot flashes and night sweats
- 🍂Mood swings
- 🍂Breast tenderness
- 🍂Vaginal dryness
- 🍂Low libido
- 🍂Weight problems
- 🍂Hair loss
- 🍂Bladder problems
Women of all ages can experience hormone problems. When an imbalance is found in a younger woman, the issue is often related to poor nutrition, an erratic lifestyle, emotional stress, too much alcohol, the use of contraceptives, or the early onset of menopause. In older women, perimenopause or menopause is the leading causes of hormonal imbalances.
Other factors can also contribute to the onset of hormone problems at any age. Obesity, a lack of exercise, trauma, poor quality sleep, thyroid and adrenal issues, inflammation, and ovarian failure are all common contributors. Exposure to certain chemicals, pesticides, and environmental toxins and pollution in our city of Vancouver or where you live can also create hormone problems.
Our Vancouver Naturopathic doctors take a holistic and individualized approach to health and wellness. Diet, stress management, exercise, and the introduction of natural therapies like bioidentical hormones can be safely used to boost the natural hormones estrogen and progesterone in your body while helping to remove uncomfortable symptoms and restore health.