Let’s face it – Menopause is a fact of life. And it’s not particularly pleasant. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, weight gain, irritability, depression and loss of libido are just a few of the many symptoms that women face at the end of their reproductive life – typically in their 40s or 50s. But going through menopause doesn’t have to be miserable, thanks to hormone replacement therapy.
Commonly known as HRT, hormone replacement therapy essentially involves replacing the hormones that your body no longer makes after menopause, or supplementing lower levels of estrogen that can occur in patients far younger than menopausal age. Both traditional and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) are highly effective at leveling out your hormonal levels, keeping menopausal and low-libido symptoms at bay, plus helping to keep internal organs strong and maintaining your skin’s elasticity.
Traditional HRT medications include both estrogens and a progestin, a synthetic hormone not found in nature developed to protect the uterus from abnormal thickening and treat abnormal menstrual bleeding symptoms. Recent studies indicate progestin may also help relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.
For women leery of synthetic substances, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers a more natural option. BHRT medications contain hormone that are an exact chemical and molecular match to those that our bodies produce naturally and are derived from plant sources including soy and wild yam extracts.
Over time, studies have shown that synthetic hormones are incompatible with the human body because they don