Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at Perimenopause
Perimenopause is the time period (usually of several years) that precedes menopause. Perimenopause can last anywhere from two years to eight years. The first year after the end of menstruating is also included in perimenopause. During perimenopause the levels of estrogen can fluctuate, menstrual cycles can be shorter or longer and menstrual periods become irregular.
Symptoms of perimenopause are the same as symptoms of menopause and can include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, depression and/or anxiety, mood swings, and decreased libido. Hormonal fluctuations during perimenopause create perimenopausal symptoms. Bioidentical hormones used by means of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy during perimenopause will restore hormonal balance and improve perimenopausal symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy during and after Menopause
During and after menopause women seek bioidentical hormone replacement to improve menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, memory problems, loss of libido, etc. The other very important aspect of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy after menopause is to restore hormonal balance of the body to natural, youthful levels.
Bioidentical hormones offer many important health prevention benefits including:
- protecting the cardiovascular system
- preventing decline in brain function
- balancing mood
- protecting against bone loss and osteoporosis
Menopause usually occurs at the age of late 40s to early 50s. Having a family history of early menopause, predisposes a woman to having early menopause herself. Other factors that influence the beginning time of menopause are: smoking and never being pregnant.
Bioidentical Hormones Replacement during Andropause (Male Menopause)
Andropause also referred to as “male menopause” is the term that describes the hormonal changes that occur in the body of a middle age man. Andropause (male menopause) is a consequence of the decline in production of male hormones such as testosterone and DHEA. The decrease of testosterone and DHEA creates health risks and greater susceptibility to many health conditions, such as increased risk for cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, stroke and hypertension), decline in memory and brain function, decreased muscle mass, increased fat tissue as well as osteoporosis.
The symptoms of andropause can include: decreased energy, lack of libido, prostate hypertrophy, memory problems, irritability, sleep disturbances, hot flashes etc.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, using bioidentical testosterone and bioidentical DHEA replacement during andropause (male menopause) will alleviate the unpleasant andropause symptoms. More importantly, utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of andropause will have protective heath benefits for an aging man, by restoring vitality, enhancing sexual function, improving cardiovascular function, reducing high blood pressure, improving memory and brain function as well as reducing the risk for degenerative diseases.