Hormone therapy in women requires both science and art. Since everyone is different, each person is evaluated in a complete manner so that optimization is possible.
- Menopause is very unique to each woman and there are symptoms that some people have and others do not.
- Menopause typically occurs between 35-55 but there are exceptions.
- Estrogens in your body have many hundreds of functions
Symptoms of menopause:
- Hot flashes are very common and can be quite disruptive to your sleep patterns
- Night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Dry skin and hair
- Mood swings and irritability
- Memory issues
- Weight gain
- Loss of sexual interest
- And many more
Possible risks of hormone imbalance:
- Thinning of your bones
- Breast cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Heart disease
What hormones do you evaluate for women?
- Estrogens (there are 3 different kinds)
- Sex hormone binding globulin
Additional tests done at the same time typically:
- Thyroid testing
- IGF-1 (insulin growth factor 1)
Why pursue hormone therapy?
The body is a complex set of systems like a symphony. Each individual needs to play their part in order for the concerto to be played well. If one piece is out of tune or missing, it can throw everything off. The same is true about your body. Your nutrition, hormones, stress, lifestyle habits all need to be in tune to reach optimal health. Hormone replacement therapy is a very important, and I would say mandatory, part.