Menopause and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
We all experience ups and downs with our hormones. Sometimes fluctuations come monthly and sometimes daily. Hormone fluctuations are a natural part of life, but the biggest, most impactful hormone struggles for many women comes during menopause. Some women seem to experience menopause with only minor discomfort, while others experience severe, disruptive symptoms. While you can’t stop menopause from occurring, there are solutions to reduce many of the worst symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment option that can help you through menopause without sacrificing your wellbeing or quality of life. BHRT is a natural treatment option that many women find preferable to synthetic hormone replacement solutions. Learn more about BHRT and speak with your local Santa Cruz CA Menopause Doctor, Christopher Hermanson, M.D.. who is highly trained in helping women transition through this time with confidence using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
- Menopause Symptoms
Menopause is a process that occurs when your body’s natural supply of eggs is depleted, and your ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone. Menopause typically occurs anywhere between ages 41–59, although some procedures, genetic factors and lifestyle factors can prompt menopause to occur early.
Common Symptoms of Menopause
- Hair Thinning
- Hot Flashes
- Loss of Libido
- Night Sweats
- Trouble Sleeping Through The Night
- Vaginal Dryness
When estrogen and progesterone production lowers, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone increase. This combination is responsible for many of the symptoms of menopause. Testosterone levels may also fluctuate during this time, causing a loss in energy, strength and libido.
- Treating Menopause with BHRT
Treating Menopause with Bioidentical Hormones
While hormone replacement therapy can’t stop your body from going through this natural process, it can help to reduce or eliminate many of the associated symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a natural form of hormone replacement therapy that uses, as the name suggests, bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from natural sources such as soy and yams, but what makes them truly unique is that they are chemically identical to the natural hormones that your body normally produces. This means that when you give your body bioidentical hormones to supplement those that your body is not producing, it really can’t tell the difference! This is not the case with synthetic hormones.
Synthetic hormones are not identical to your body’s natural hormones. Synthetic hormones are altered with unnatural chemical components so that their formulas can be patented by their manufacturers. Many women have tried synthetic hormones but later switched to bioidentical hormones because of adverse side-effects caused by the synthetic hormones.
- Personalized Treatment Plan
Personalized Treatment Plan
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is personalized just for your body and your lifestyle. First, local Santa Cruz Califonria Menopause Doctor, Christopher Hermanson, M.D. will review your symptoms, medical history and hormone levels to determine which hormones your body needs in order to find relief from the menopause symptoms you are experiencing. Christopher Hermanson, M.D. will prescribe specific hormones in specific doses.
Bioidentical hormones are also available in different forms. Compounding pharmacies produce bioidentical hormones as creams, pills, subdermal pellets, injections, patches and more. Each form has its own benefits, and some women respond better to certain forms than others. Santa Cruz Menopause Doctor, Christopher Hermanson, M.D. will discuss these differences with you and together the two of you will find the right treatment for your body and your optimal hormone levels.
Don’t Suffer Any Longer. Bioidentical Hormones Can Help
If you are experiencing harsh symptoms that won’t seem to go away due to menopause, the time to find a solution is now. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a powerful, natural solution that has been instrumental in helping many women just like you find relief.
“Christopher Hermanson, M.D. is an amazing and caring menopause doctor that really takes the time to listen and actually cares about how you are feeling. He has a wonderful approach to hormone imbalance and I am so glad that I found him in this area. Since I have been seeing Chris I have felt fantastic and have finally found a hormone doctor that listens and has found me the perfect balance that works for me. If you are going to one of the franchise hormone clinics I suggest you work with a hormone specialist like Chris who actually cares about you as a person. ”
– Anna Age 45
Christopher Hermanson, M.D. in Santa Cruz California has years of experience treating women going through menopause, and she can help guide you through this transitional period while reducing or eliminating your symptoms.