If you are a woman, you most likely have an acute awareness of menopause. It is natures way of telling us our aging process is moving faster. Regardless what stage of menopause you are in, beginning, middle or end, menopause has most likely affected you in numerous ways. For women, the first signs of menopause usually start in the mid-40s but can begin earlier called perimenopause. Defined as a time when a woman ceases to have a menstruation cycle for 12 months, menopause symptoms are caused by a decrease in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone production in the ovaries which are crucial to your sexuality and health. There are over 30 typical symptoms associated with menopause.
Anti-aging physicians can administer a treatment plan for women experiencing menopause symptoms, including hormone treatments and nutritional alterations. Since each patient's symptoms and bodies are different, no two menopause therapy treatments are alike. Menopausal treatments may include any combination of Supplements, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutraceuticals, Massage and many others. Our physicians will closely monitor your body's response to menopause therapy, ensuring that your treatment is right for your body.
Often misunderstood as signs of aging, hot flashes, weight gain, dry or sagging skin, loss of sex drive, and trouble sleeping are common complaints from women during menopause. But the big picture is that your hormones are not being reproduced at the same level.
See a full description of common Menopause Symptoms.
Perimenopause is characterized by fluctuating hormone levels which cause symptoms of estrogen deficiency and excess accompanied by inadequate or absent progesterone production. Some of these symptoms, however, can occur at any time in woman's life and may not be indicative of perimenopause.
Ten years before your final menstrual period, and as early as 35 years old, many women still experience many of the same symptoms associated with menopause. This is a time in life during which ovarian hormone patterns change but isn't a function of aging as we were led to believe in the past. Some symptoms, such as wrinkles, bloating, depression, age spots, poor focus, and mood swings become more common now. And many women experience the same symptoms of menopause even though they continue to have their period.
The following questionnaire can help to determine if your symptoms are more likely to be caused by the perimenopause than other disorders such as PMS, depression, or other illnesses.
Treating Menopause Symptoms and Perimenopause Symptoms
For many women there is a tremendous void in treatment of menopause symptoms. Hot flashes and mood swings are just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the earlier signs and symptoms of estrogen deficiency are frequent waking at night. These sleep disturbances are one of the earliest symptoms of beginning hormonal deficiency. Many others are present, including such things as mental fogginess. A woman's short-term retention may be dwindling and her concentration and focus isn't as good as it used to be. Frequently, women may experience some loss of energy to the point that they actually slide into symptoms of chronic fatigue. In addition, women may experience some mood swings and irritability, and at the extreme may actually develop feelings of depression. With the loss of energy and chronic fatigue, we also find ourselves unable to exercise as much as we have in the past, or to recover as quickly when we do exercise. We find ourselves sliding into increasing weight gain in spite of attempts at exercising. One that is not so frequently discussed is the loss of sexual drive. Not only is our energy level and sense of well-being diminishing, but anticipation and enjoyment of sexual activity is waning as well.
From many physicians, it is assumed when we eradicate hot flashes and night sweats, we have alleviated the menopausal syndrome. All of these symptoms are frequently attributed to the normal aging process. While we cannot reverse the aging process, we can certainly optimize it by restoring the normal balance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in the menopausal woman.
All of these Hormone Imbalance symptoms are the result of a hormone deficiency state, not a normal aging process. Restoring your body to a normal balance of hormones will go a long way towards making you feel like a younger, healthier, happier woman again.
Unfortunately, there is no way to stop menopause as it is the natural process in a woman's life. The difference is what options you choose to do about it. Natural hormone replacement will help overcome these changes in your body and make you feel like you did in your thirties.
Whether it is early obesity, menopause, perimenopause weight gain, perimenopause symptoms, adrenal fatigue, menopause, or premenstrual symptoms (PMS), in many cases, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), Stress Reduction, and a change in lifestyle and nutrition can be part of any solution.
Today, more than at any other time, we have so many means to decrease, cease, and even turn back a lot of the negative effects of aging.
These years of your life should find you healthy, energetic, and full of wonder and fulfillment. Don't allow accelerated aging to steal from you your sex drive, your vigor, or your priceless health and longevity.
Now, the most important question: How do I know if my hormone levels are deficient? Please see our Anti-Aging questionnaire below for a good start. The following questionnaire can help to determine if your symptoms are more likely to be caused by Menopause/Perimenopause than other disorders such as depression or other illnesses.
Are your experiencing symptoms of Menopause? Take our Anti-Aging Questionnaire and learn more.