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s a key player in many of your body’s basic functions, hormones are a big deal when it comes to your overall health. They play a role in everything from appetite and digestion to mood and libido. So when things aren’t as they should be with your hormones, it can have a huge impact on your well-being.
One of the best ways to fine-tune your hormones when they’ve become unbalanced is hormone replacement therapies. Most women will, at some time in their lives, benefit from hormone balancing therapy, through the use of bio-identical hormones or natural hormone replacement therapy (commonly referred to as BHRT).
Women who are potential candidates for BHRT typically fall into one of four groups:
Women who are pre-menopausal typically struggle with estrogen dominance, which means they have too much estrogen in relation to the progesterone levels in their bodies.
Common symptoms include insomnia, mood swings, migraines, fluid retention, bloating, and anxiety.
BHRT can help by balancing the excess estrogen.
This is distinct from pre-menopause in that women who are peri-menopausal experience missed periods on an irregular and unpredictable basis. The peri-menopausal phase typically extends over four to five years before a woman stops menstruating entirely.
Common symptoms tend to be more wide-ranging and varied than those experienced by pre-menopausal women.
This is often a more challenging group to treat as the hormone levels fluctuate more dramatically in peri-menopausal women.
The threshold for determining when a woman reaches menopause is generally if she has missed twelve consecutive periods.
Common symptoms include disrupted sleep, mood swings, low energy, mental fog, hot flashes, night sweats, and feminine dryness.
BHRT treats this group by restoring hormones to their ideal level.
This stage of life typically occurs around age 55 and older.
Common symptoms include a decline in cognitive function and mental acuity, lost muscle mass, diminished bone density, and an overall decrease in vigor.
To the women in this group, BHRT can provide a basis for healthy aging and support disease prevention.
Incorporating BHRT into a Healthy Lifestyle
BHRT is most often recommended in conjunction with specific lifestyle changes that support health, such as appropriate eating and drinking habits. A supplement program that covers the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients is another important aspect of successfully managing hormone imbalances.
If you’d like to learn more, contact our team today to schedule an appointment.