Menopause can cause a long list of uncomfortable symptoms that in many cases can completely disrupt life for many women. Everything from hot flashes to low bone density can become a problem. But what if you aren’t in full menopause but you still have some of the symptoms? The answer could be that you’re in perimenopause. Is there anything that can help alleviate the discomfort and ease this natural transition in your life? Yes, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can, but first let’s go over some of the signs of perimenopause and see if they sound familiar to you.
Perimenopause is the transitional period before your body goes into full menopause. It can happen as early as your 30s and last up to 10 years, according to a study done by the Mayo Clinic*. A blood test to evaluate your hormone levels is the only definitive way to diagnose perimenopause, but most women know their bodies well enough to recognize a change before that confirmation.
If you’ve had irregular menstrual cycles (heavier or lighter flow, longer or shorter times between periods) it may be a sign of perimenopause. True menopause is defined as not having a period for 12 months or longer. Having a seven day change in your monthly cycle or going two months without having a period most likely means you are in perimenopause.
Hot flashes are another symptom of perimenopause and menopause that HRT can help alleviate. If you’ve ever experienced a hot flash, you know how uncomfortable and even embarrassing it can be. Changes in your estrogen levels trigger that tropical feeling, and BHRT is a good way to get those levels back under control and cool down.
Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintaining body function and anti-aging. Cells can’t repair themselves without enough rest, and if you’re in perimenopause that could be a problem. Fluctuating hormone levels can disrupt sleep cycles and not just make you feel tired and grumpy, but also have a negative impact on your body and cause premature aging.
The same goes for mood swings associated with perimenopause and menopause. Low estrogen levels can lower your spirits as well, leaving you feeling mentally tired, irritable and even sad sometimes. BHRT can help balance your mood and get your quality of life back where it should be.
As we age, most of us start to experience some loss of bone density and may have problems with cholesterol. These problems could be due to diet, lifestyle or genetics. But the added impact of low estrogen can contribute to those conditions and make them worse. Again, BHRT can help.
And last, but certainly not least, who doesn’t want to have a great love life? Unfortunately, many women experience low sex drive, more vaginal dryness and often have more bladder or urinary tract infections. Any of those things can put a halt to intimate relations, and the low hormone levels that go along with perimenopause can really become a problem in the bedroom. BHRT can help balance those hormones, get your sex drive back in gear and put a spark back into your love life.
If you recognize any of these symptoms, speak with a doctor who is experienced with hormone replacement therapy. Get your hormone levels checked to see if you’re in perimenopause or menopause and make sure the symptoms aren’t caused by another health condition. Then find out if BHRT can derail the perimenopause train of symptoms and get your life back on track.
You can also find out more about perimenopause and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy by checking out the resources and information at Ageology.com.
* http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/perimenopause/DS00554Tags: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Estrogen, Perimenopause