Menopause doesn’t have to feel like cruel and unusual punishment. It can be the turning point in your life when you decide only to become better as you age. Easier said than done though when you’re suffering from night sweats, hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, thin bones, and insomnia. Also, should we even mention hair? Apparently during menopause it applies for a change of address from the top of your head to the bottom of your chinny-chin-chin.
First, let’s understand what we are dealing with. Ironically, menopause only lasts one day. The term refers to the day you haven’t had a period for 12 months in a row. During menopause, our body produces less of the hormone estrogen, which leads to the symptoms stated above. The symptoms that you’ve been experiencing through are perimenopause, the time leading up to menopause along with the year after. As if the symptoms aren’t enough, the lowered estrogen levels from perimenopause impact the body in multiple ways such as:
- Heart disease
- Poor muscle tone
- Increased wrinkling of the skin
- Poor brain function
- Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease
- Consult with a Fellowship trained Anti-Aging physician
A healthy lifestyle has been proven to make a dramatic impact on menopausal symptoms. These strategies are your first line of defense, and can be put into action before symptoms even begin.
- Eat well, avoid sugar, trans fat, and focus on whole foods
- Vitamin D, ask your doctor about supplementing
- Ease stress, incorporate relaxation, and add an enjoyable activity to daily routines
- Exercise, you’ll have fewer symptoms with the added benefits of losing body fat and maintaining bone mass
- Restful sleep, create a relaxing bedtime routine
- Consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy
When all else fails, this is the time to see a doctor regarding replacing the hormones your losing as you age. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a perfect place to start.
What are Bio-Identical Hormones?
A bioidentical or “natural” hormone means the hormones in the product are chemically identical to those your body produces. Hormones in bioidentical medications may not be any different from those in traditional hormone therapy. Several hormone therapy products approved by the FDA and prescribed by healthcare providers contain bioidentical hormones.
Should you take Bio-Identical Hormones?
Hormone replacement is a complex topic that you and your doctor should discuss. You do not need to suffer in silence. The facts of the matter are in early observational studies hormone replacement therapy has suggested that they help protect women against heart disease, weak bones, and dementia!
You do not have to suffer in silence or feel that menopause means the end of your vim and vigor. You can utilize healthy lifestyle changes; a positive attitude to help you relieve perimenopausal symptoms and BHRT enhancing your well-being. Ask Dr. Susan Linder if they are a good choice for you?
Note: Pharmacy Compounding is the customized preparation of a medicine that is not otherwise commercially available. These medications are prescribed by a physician and compounded by a state-licensed pharmacist. A growing number of people have unique health needs, and the off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all prescription medicines cannot meet. For them, customized medications are the only way to a better health. Look for pharmacies that have an affiliation or accreditation with PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America) to ensure the highest quality compounding of bio-identical hormones.
Side Note: The truly staggering costs of inventing new drugs and getting them to market is an average of $1.3 billion, a price that would buy 371 Super Bowl ads, 16 million official NFL footballs, two pro football stadiums, pay of almost all NFL football players and every seat in every NFL stadium for six weeks in a row. This is ludicrous. As a woman, it relates to 1.3 million Manolo Blahnik pairs of shoes! If we did our math right — this is why we need compounding pharmacies ladies.
Dr. Susan Linder is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Subspecialty Board Certified in Pain Medicine. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging, Functional & Regenerative Medicine and a graduate of the Fellowship Program through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Linder is the Medical Director of HealthSpringMD in Fort Worth Texas. Dr. Linder may be reached at 817-926-7671.