Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause and Perimenopause
Charlotte North Carolina Menopause and Perimenopause Specialist, Scott Shapiro, M.D. knows that hormone variations occur for women at different ages, and while some women can experience a loss of hormone production as early as the 30’s, other women may not have decreased hormone production until their 50’s. Perimenopause is usually the time during which the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone, and it occurs around three to seven years before menopause. During perimenopause, women can begin to feel slightly unlike themselves, and they may notice weight gain, fatigue, heavier periods, migraines, irregular periods, and a loss of interest in their partners. Eventually, periods stop all together, and after twelve consecutive months without a menstrual period, menopause begins.
A dramatic drop in hormones usually occurs during menopause because the ovaries are no longer able to produce adequate amounts of estrogen and progesterone. Ideally, the adrenal glands are supposed to take over the production of vital hormones; however, most women do not have fully functioning adrenal glands by the time they reach the 40’s and 50’s. Stress, overwork, a lack of exercise, and improper nutrition all wear down the adrenal glands. For this reason, many women experience the negative effects of hormonal decline.
- Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances
- Decreased energy, motivation and initiative
- Poor concentration and memory
- Reduced Sexual Desire
- Irritability, mood swings, feelings of depression
- Loss of muscle mass, decreased strength
- Increase in body fat
- Insomnia, increased sleepiness
- Hot flashes
- Insulin Resistance
- Degenerative Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis)
Conditions Caused by Hormone Imbalances
Most women become aware of their transition into perimenopause in their mid to late 40s. Perimenopause normally lasts for several years, its duration varies for every woman, and its course is impossible to predict.
Perimenopause is the time when a woman’s body transitions from having a menstrual cycle to no longer menstruating. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production. This causes a woman’s menstrual cycles to become irregular and varied and diminishes her fertility. Perimenopause can last 4-6 years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea, or no menstruation, which is when a woman enters menopause.
Natural menopause is a condition that every woman will go through as she experiences healthy aging, typically between the ages of 50-60. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy remains an effective treatment option for relieving menopausal symptoms. Dr. Scott Shapiro works in partnership with you to determine the exact amounts of hormones needed for your body and curtails the treatments to your unique menopausal needs.
- Thyroid Health Conditions
The thyroid influences most of your body’s metabolic processes through the hormones that it produces. The most common thyroid problems involve the over or under production of thyroid hormones. When the thyroid produces too much of the thyroid hormones you experience the health condition known as hyperthyroidism. When the thyroid does not produce enough of the thyroid hormones, the thyroid condition hypothyroidism occurs.
Bioidentical hormones help ease the symptoms that result from either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. If your thyroid hormones are out of balance, talk to Charlotte North Carolina Menopause and Perimenopause Specialist, Scott Shapiro, M.D. today to learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you balance your thyroid hormones.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a safe and effective option for easing the symptoms of imbalanced hormones. Dr. Scott Shapiro works closely with you to identify the correct amount of hormones for your body. This brings you back to health and balance and helps you heal any of the conditions that arose out of hormonal imbalance.
Charlotte North Carolina Menopause and Perimenopause Specialist, Scott Shapiro, M.D. offers relief from the symptoms of imbalanced hormones by using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. To learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you feel better quickly, call Dr. Scott Shapiro in the Indian Hills, Matthews, Monroe, Concord North Carolina area today for a consultation!