Menopause can result in both physical and mental symptoms, and many women going through it just want to get back to a normal state of health. Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy not only provides symptom relief, but can even make you feel better than you did before menopause. Dr. Edward Jacobson can offer menopause treatment to Rhode Island patients seeking to relieve subsequent symptoms and help them feel like themselves again.
While most women enter menopause by their mid-50s, menopausal symptoms may begin much earlier during the time of perimenopause. This means that some women begin experiencing the debilitating side effects of menopause as early as their late 30s or early 40s—years before their periods cease.
During menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone hormones, which elicit menstruation. In other words, the ovaries stop releasing eggs into the fallopian tubes each month, and the menstrual cycle—as well as the ability to conceive—comes to an end.
However, not all women experience natural menopause. Women treated with chemotherapy may stop menstruating due to “chemopause,” and those undergoing a hysterectomy will experience instant menopause. Regardless of the way menopause is triggered, its side effects are typically the same.
Most women can anticipate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. While these are among the most common menopausal side effects, there are many other conditions which can result from a lack of estrogen, such as:
Some women may shy away from standard estrogen replacement therapy—which is derived from pregnant mares’ urine—during menopause for fear of an increased risk of heart disease or breast cancer. Fortunately, the hormones present in bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy are derived from plant sources—primarily wild yam and soy—and do not pose risks to a woman’s health, as they are molecularly identical to those naturally produced by a woman’s body.
Menopause treatment can also reduce a woman’s risk of developing other conditions prevalent in aging, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s disease. This therapy is available in tablet, injectable, intradermal pellet, patch, cream, and gel forms. Additionally, patients are monitored carefully by local menopausal doctors, and hormone dosage levels are adjusted as needed.
While bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a critical component of menopause treatment, our Greenwich office offers additional regimens to improve the overall health of Rhode Island patients. Our holistic approach to menopause treatment includes a custom-tailored diet and exercise program, as well as nutritional supplements recommended for individual patients’ needs.
If the side effects of menopause are affecting your quality of life, you should consider the services of a qualified menopausal physician who has experience with administering treatment to residents of Rhode Island. Call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today or contact us online to make an appointment.