What is Menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman's life when ovarian production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone decline. The average age of menopause onset is fifty-one, plus or minus several years. Menopause is medically defined as the time in which a woman ceases to menstruate for the duration of 12 months. Although the definition properly describes the event, the process can begin up to 10 years earlier and is called perimenopause.
Long before a woman's menstruation stops, she will have already noticed a change. Over time, her periods will become shorter in length and she will notice a loss of energy, a decrease in strength, and a loss of libido. Her mood is altered and she may be more agitated, depressed, apathetic, and forgetful. While these are all symptoms of menopause, it is important to know that there is a bigger picture during the time your hormones are changing - you are experiencing the loss of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
There is no way to stop menopause. It's part of the natural cycle of life, which everyone woman will go through. However, the way you deal with this normal process can greatly affect your quality of life. Natural bioidentical hormone therapy for menopause can help you deal with these symptoms, freeing you to enjoy this new stage of life.
Hormone Therapy for Menopause Can Relieve These Symptoms
Loss of sex drive
Hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance as a woman ages. Perimenopause weight gain is oftentimes misdiagnosed and is one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. These signs of menopause or early menopause and related conditions are also connected to your stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and the environmental toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis.
The Solution: Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause Wired Wellness physician supervised natural hormone therapy for menopause only uses bioidentical hormones, which are identical to the body's natural chemistry, in combination with nutrition and fitness programs. Wired Wellness bioidentical hormone doctors provide natural hormone therapy for menopause and perimenopause symptoms using bioidentical hormones or natural hormones to live the best life possible.
Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried up. In her bestseller, "The Sexy Years," Suzanne Somers explains how, one by one, these symptomatic dwarfs took over her life and how bioidentical hormones for menopause made them go away.
There are many benefits felt immediately upon using bioidentical hormones for menopause treatment. The seven dwarfs, one-by-one, begin to depart. The hot flashes, the night sweats, the irritability, and the loss of energy and strength begin to subside. Your libido is restored and you begin to feel more control over your emotions. The term 'menopausal" will no longer define you and control your life, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of menopause. In combination these benefits have the long-term effect of improving your overall quality of life and it all starts with bioidentical hormones for menopause.
While the existence of menopause is common knowledge, perimenopause is less well known.
What is Perimenopause?
Perimenopause also referred to as premenopause or early menopause is the length of time before and one year after the final menstrual period, during which ovarian hormonal patterns change. The average age at which irregular cycles develop is approximately age 47 but in many cases can start as early as 35 years old. Like menopause, perimenopause is a normal part of a woman's life cycle. Generally, the ages at which your mother and older sisters began menopause and perimenopause are a good indication of when you might expect to start experiencing the symptoms of being premenopausal. If you smoke, it is likely that you will start perimenopause a year or two earlier than you would have if you didn't smoke. The length pre menopause varies for each woman, starting either just a few months before menopause or even several years before being menopausal. Women can experience many of the same signs of menopause and can find relief with bioidentical hormone therapy.
Perimenopause Symptoms: Premenopausal Life
The perimenopause symptoms include:
Since perimenopause, or premenopause, is considered the transitional stage between normal menstrual periods to menopause, women often experience a combination of symptoms from PMS to other common menopause symptoms. Try keeping a record of your cycle and your daily perimenopause symptoms for a couple months to get a better idea of whether you are experiencing PMS or are premenopausal.
You should notice patterns of physical and emotional symptoms in coordination with your cycle. If you are not noticing a pattern of ups and downs with your cycle, then it is likely that you may be in perimenopause. Women in perimenopause often experience a change in their menstrual cycle. In this stage it is common for menses cycles to occur sooner than 21 days or, more likely, later than 45 days. A woman does not enter menopause until she has not had a period for twelve consecutive months; up until that time, pregnancy is still possible. Hot flashes, low libido, trouble sleeping and weight gain are the most common perimenopause symptoms as a woman ages. Weight gain during premenopause, one of the most outwardly noticeable symptoms, is oftentimes misdiagnosed and is one of the first signs of hormonal imbalance. These signs of early menopause and related conditions are also connected to your stress levels, poor nutrition (diets high in simple carbohydrates and low in quality protein), lack of exercise and the environmental toxins your body is exposed to on a daily basis.
The Solution: Bioidentical Hormones for Perimenopause
In this transitional stage, your estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels are constantly fluctuating. Environmental factors, stress, exercise, and diet also shift the hormone levels. Bioidentical hormone therapy provided by our bioidentical hormone doctors measures these hormones to create a customized treatment and lifestyle plan. This allows for immediate relief from the symptoms that the hormonal imbalance caused. Premenopausal life does not have to mean living with undesirable symptoms. The use of bioidentical hormones for perimenopause symptoms are likely to help women live better, longer.
What is Post Menopause?
Post Menopause is the stage following menopause and generally starts between 24 and 36 months after a women's last period. Outwardly, the most marked difference between menopause and post menopause is the reduction in symptoms - for instance hot flashes are less frequent and not as powerful. A woman is also considered post menopausal after the removal of the ovaries because it effectively ends menstrual bleeding.
While the ovaries begin to shrink after menopause, they are still very important to the body. Vital hormones such as testosterone are produced by the ovaries. Female testosterone is a vital hormone for maintaining sex drive, bone and muscle strength, and energy. Many post menopausal women begin to see a relief from menopause symptoms at this time.
Post menopause is different in every woman. The age after menopause varies significantly and so does the cessation, or lack thereof, of the symptoms. The problem with waiting for menopause to pass is the uncertainty of the time frame and the severity of the symptoms. Furthermore, while post menopause may bring relief from menopause symptoms, unbalanced hormones put you at risk for certain conditions.
Low estrogen for example, leaves you at risk for osteoporosis, heart disease and genitourinary atrophy.
Bioidentical hormone therapy balances hormones and relives post menopausal symptoms immediately; no significant waiting time. Wired Wellness Physicians natural hormone replacement therapy offers women the chance to find thatpost menopause relief, much sooner and in a much easier way. This natural method takes the guessing out of menopause and post menopause and provides solid answers and a solid solution. The hormone replacement is paired with
customized nutrition, aesthetic age management,supplements, and fitness programs to ensure your longevity, graceful aging and best post menopausal health.
Hysterectomy Induced Menopause
What is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus (womb). In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are removed. The ovaries are organs that produce ovum (eggs) and estrogen. Hysterectomy is one the most common surgeries for women of reproductive age, second only to cesarean section.
Hysterectomy and Hormone Replacement Therapy
After Hysterectomy: Surgical Menopause
Surgical menopause, more commonly referred to as a hysterectomy, results if a premenopausal woman's ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy surgery. Because her ovaries are no longer present to produce estrogen (one of the hysterectomy hormones), her estrogen levels drop immediately post hysterectomy and her system is thrown into complete disarray, with possible effects including: fatigue, joint pains, decreased short-term memory, dwindling libido, hot flashes, night sweats, depression, decreased resistance, and weight gain.
These symptoms associated with hysterectomy induced menopause are identical to those experienced by women who undergo perimenopause and menopause, except instead of developing gradually, they can have a profound and sudden effect. Bioidentical hormone therapy is an important adjunct when hormone function is compromised - naturally or surgically.
The Center for Disease Control found that two thirds of the approximate 600,000 hysterectomies done in the United States every year are unnecessary.
When a woman is facing a decision to undergo a hysterectomy, or has had the procedure and is experiencing related after effects involving hysterectomy hormones, bioidentical hormone therapy provides relief along with a return to health and balance.
Wired Wellness bioidentical hormone doctors have found that with proper diet, lifestyle changes (exercise and stress reduction),minimally invasive aesthetic procedures, nutritional supplementation combined with bioidentical hormone therapy, many women can avoid undergoing a possibly unnecessary hysterectomy. If surgery is necessary, natural hormone therapy can correct hormones after hysterectomy.
Menopause is often dreaded by women due to the symptoms and a preconceived notion that it is a marker of old age. In reality, women often live into their high eighties and nineties, making menopause more of a half way point than anything else. Once bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for menopause takes away the bad symptoms, you will get the chance to more fully enjoy the benefits from this time in your life.
The onset of menopause means no more periods, no more PMS, and no more of the related symptoms and inconveniences, in many cases it can actually provide some well deserved relief. This usually means more flexibility for traveling and for enjoying yourself without worrying about your cycle. Additionally, you won't have to plan your sex life around that annoying cycle and you won't have to worry about getting pregnant. Furthermore, most women believe that their sex life after menopause is better than it was before menopause! Many women say that they grow closer to their spouse after menopause and that this stage of their life allows them to focus on themselves.
Without menopause symptoms, women experience a huge relief of stress, allowing you to relax more and enjoy your life. Around 75% of women say that they were having more every day fun in their lives after the end of menopause symptoms. 93% of women claim an increase in independence as well.
World Menopause Day
Each year on October 18th women come together and share their experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly. In addition, it provides an outlet for women to come together in sisterhood and see that they are not alone in what can be a struggle. Many of our patients who are enjoying a new found quality of life enjoy sharing their stories and helping other women find relief by recommending bioidentical hormone therapy for menopause.
The Lighter Side of Menopause
While menopause is a serious condition, laughter is undeniably the best medicine and can inspire us to see the lighter side of reality. For a hilarious escape to this hormonal madness, check out menopausemaniac.com. Between the hilarious videos and belligerent blog posts, she'll be sure to have you laughing out loud. We invite you to comment on her posts, soon you will realize that there is a great support network out there to help you get through menopause and to help you find a better way to deal with your menopause symptoms.