If a hormonal imbalance is making you miserable, you may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. If you are concerned about the possible side effects of hormone replacement therapy, keep in mind that the bioidentical hormones used by Dr. Edward Jacobson do not pose the same risks as those used in standard replacement therapies.

Bioidentical hormones are exactly the same on the molecular level as the hormones that your body produces naturally, while synthetic hormones are derived from pregnant mare’s urine. As such, the majority of patients experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance may be good candidates for hormone replacement therapy in Greenwich.

Who is Considered a Good Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Women whose quality of life is greatly affected by loss of hormones after the onset of menopause are generally good candidates for hormone replacement therapy in Greenwich. There are many adverse effects associated with menopause, and while some women do not experience tremendous changes after menopause other than the cessation of menstruation, they are in the minority.

While most women are familiar with classic post-menopausal issues such as hot flashes or night sweats, these are just at the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Common menopausal side effects that hormone replacement therapy can help alleviate include:

  • Insomnia and fatigue
  • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido
  • Sagging skin
  • Cognitive issues and disorders, including mood swings, memory lapses, depression, and/or anxiety
  • Hair loss
  • Incontinence

In addition to symptom relief, hormone replacement therapy administered by Dr. Edward Jacobson can help protect women against some of the most common diseases of aging, including osteoporosis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

Perimenopause vs. Menopause Symptoms

Even if a woman still has periods, whether regular or irregular, she may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy at our Greenwich office if she is in perimenopause and experiencing related hormonal issues. Perimenopause may start years prior to menopause, although it occurs in most women starting in their mid-40s. Many of the symptoms of perimenopause are similar to those of menopause.

When Do Hormones Typically Change for Women?

This stage of life lasts until actual menopause begins, which is at the point when a woman has not had a period for at least one full year. Bioidentical hormones can help women dealing with perimenopausal symptoms and even give them back their sex drive.

Through blood, urine, or saliva testing, a doctor can check a perimenopausal woman’s hormone levels and determine whether they are low enough for her to seek hormone replacement therapy. Along with hormone therapy, women usually receive a custom-tailored diet and exercise plan regardless of whether they are menopausal and perimenopausal when treatment begins.

When is Hormone Replacement Therapy Not a Good Option?

There are some women for whom hormone replacement therapy is not a good option. Women with a history of either breast or endometrial cancer may not be eligible to receive hormone replacement therapy, nor should those with serious liver disease.

Women with fibroids in their uteruses that produce substantial bleeding are not candidates for hormone replacement therapy in Greenwich, and neither are women with a history of blood clots or those who are currently pregnant or nursing. Those diagnosed with the relatively rare condition known as porphyria — a genetic disorder — are also not candidates for hormone replacement therapy.

If you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy in Greenwich and would like to know more about the benefits of treatment and how it can help you, call our office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson is available to meet in person or over the phone, Skype, or FaceTime from his home office in Greenwich, Connecticut.