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ot flashes and menopause often go hand in hand. They’re one of the most talked about symptoms of “the change” that women go through, and that may be because they’re one of the most noticeable and uncomfortable elements of this experience. They’re disruptive at any time of the year but are particularly difficult to manage during the warm weather months, when it’s hot both in the outside world and inside your body.
If you are struggling with hot flashes, you should know that help is available. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an effective treatment option that can restore your body to balance so you can enjoy this stage of life to its fullest.
The facts about BHRT
Many patients who come to us seeking relief from the symptoms of menopause are hesitant about hormone therapy. This is because some studies that came out several years ago seemed to draw a link between HRT and increased risk for heart disease and breast cancer. An important contextualizing detail that was often left out of discussions about those studies is that the participants were over 60 years of age and already suffered from poor health.
Untreated menopause symptoms also come with their own risks. Hot flashes often lead to a lack of sleep, which can increase brain fog and fatigue, and ultimately result in more accidents. It also leads to a diminished quality of life.
What to expect from BHRT
The first step in determining whether BHRT is a good option for you is to have your hormone levels evaluated through a blood test. The results of the test will allow your doctor to chart a course of treatment that is personalized to your specific needs.
BHRT is prescribed on an as-needed basis, and your doctor will continue to check your hormone levels every year and adjust your treatment as appropriate. You can help your body respond optimally to the treatments by knowing what to expect and committing to a healthy lifestyle that promotes hormone regulation. This includes regular stretching and exercise (both aerobic and weight-bearing), a balanced diet that avoids sugar and refined carbohydrates, and an adequate amount of rest.
About ten days after beginning BHRT, you’ll notice your hot flashes start to diminish or go away entirely. You’ll also notice other improvements to your appearance and well-being, including healthier skin and hair, a reduction in mood swings, and a return to a more vibrant libido.
Find out more
Don’t suffer in silence with hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause. To find out if BHRT is right for you, schedule your consultation today.