Every woman experiences menopause in her own time and her own way. Some have mild symptoms, and others struggle with severe hot flashes and night sweats, yet all women face an increased risk of health problems such as osteoporosis. Dr. Seth Camhi and the team at Thrive Full Body Wellness offer comprehensive menopause management, including hormone replacement therapy, to eliminate hormone-related symptoms and conditions. To schedule an evaluation for hormone replacement therapy, call the office in Cypress, California, or book an appointment online.
In the 3-5 years before menopause, called perimenopause, your hormone levels begin to fluctuate. These hormonal changes affect your periods, making them heavier, lighter, longer, or shorter than normal.
You reach menopause when estrogen and progesterone finally drop to permanently low levels, and you don’t have menstrual periods for 12 straight months. The average age of menopause is 51, although each woman enters menopause in her own timing.
The classic symptoms associated with menopause may begin during perimenopause and continue for years after you reach menopause. Some women are barely affected, while others suffer extreme symptoms that interfere with their ability to sleep and function.
Menopause symptoms include:
Estrogen has many roles in your body, so when its levels decline, you’re susceptible to a variety of health concerns. For example, estrogen regulates bone metabolism and prevents the loss of collagen. This means you’re at significant risk for osteoporosis and age-related changes in your skin begin to accelerate.
Estrogen helps maintain elasticity in tissues lining your blood vessels and urinary tract. As a result, your chances of heart disease and urinary incontinence rise after menopause.
Loss of estrogen also causes vaginal atrophy in about half of all women. As tissues in the vagina thin out and lose elasticity, women develop problems such as vaginal burning and painful intercourse.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) significantly improves your quality of life. It relieves all the symptoms associated with menopause, from hot flashes to vaginal atrophy.
When you restore blood levels of estrogen and progesterone back to normal, you also help prevent hormone-related health conditions such as osteoporosis.
When you’re considering HRT, the team performs a thorough evaluation of your medical history, conducts a complete exam, and runs lab tests to check for chronic diseases and to determine your hormone levels.
Your treatment is individually designed to provide the amount of hormones you need, so the doctor monitors your labs to check hormone levels throughout your replacement therapy. HRT is available in several forms, but most patients receive injections.