Menopause

Menopause can be a difficult and stressful time in a woman's life even without all of the physical and emotional symptoms that come with it. If you are nearing menopause and want to keep your lifestyle free from the issues of menopause, contact Dr. Gorens about natural hormone replacement.
As the body ages, its ability to produce hormones declines, leading to hormonal imbalances. Though it can take time to find the proper balance of estrogen and testosterone, once that proper balance is found, there is no reason why women can't lead the full lives that they want to while also increasing the years they have.
Though every woman experiences menopause at some stage of their lives, there is a large level of confusion as to the cause and effects of menopause. To help understand just what menopause is, let's look at the reproductive cycle of a woman's life.
  • Premenopause
When a woman first menstruates, this marks both puberty and entrance into the premenopause stage of her life. The best way to describe this stage of life is as the normal reproductive years of a woman's life and can last into her late forties.
  • Perimenopause
As a woman gets older, a fluctuation occurs in the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This is the transitional phase known as perimenopause, and normally lasts two to eight years, but can last as long as fifteen. Common symptoms during this phase are night sweats, hot flashes, sleep irregularity, and irregular periods.
  • Menopause
Menopause truly starts when a woman has no follicles in the ovaries. No follicles means no ovulation and the end of natural reproduction, hence menopause. Technically, menopause is the first 12 months without a period. However, some women who have reached menopause still menstruate. If you think you may have entered menopause but are still menstruating, a simple blood test can confirm this. The average for menopause is in the early fifties; however, women can enter menopause as early as their thirties or as late as their sixties.
  • Post menopause
Once a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a period, she has officially entered the post menopause stage.
Menopause does not have to affect the way you feel and the way you live! With natural hormone replacement therapy, we can restore and maintain the body's proper balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone to keep you feeling at your peak!

Osteoporosis

Bone loss, or osteoporosis, is a naturally occurring degenerative bone disease that can be found in both men and women. Studies have linked decreasing levels of sex hormones with bone loss, and we have seen that using natural hormone replacement can not only slow osteoporosis, but in some cases can partially reverse it.

Depression

Shifting hormone levels can combine with high stress to lead to feelings of anxiety and even depression in women. Often, this is treated using expensive anti-depressants, which treat the symptoms instead of the cause. Natural hormone replacement can restore your body's hormonal balance, and has been shown to help with depression in menopausal women without the need for anti-depressants.

Decreased Sex Drive

Low testosterone levels have been linked to a decrease in sex drive in women, as well as a decrease in orgasm intensity. Don't let your age slow you down. Call Dr. Goren's office today for a hormone evaluation.

Hot Flashes

One of the signs of early menopause, hot flashes can manifest in different ways for different women but include becoming flushed, sweaty, fluctuating between hot and cold, and even feeling feverish. If you are suffering from this symptom, natural hormone replacement is proven to ease hot flashes as well as other menopausal symptoms.

Mood Swings and Irritability

Different women go through perimenopause and menopause in different ways. In some women, Hormones will abruptly increase and decrease, causing sudden mood swings among other symptoms. Using natural hormone replacement treatments can help to reduce or eliminate these crests and crashes, thereby lowering mood swings.

Weight Gain

As age brings about a decrease in hormone production, a woman's body begins to seek those hormones from other sources, including fat cells. As the fat cells in a woman's body begin to produce estrogen, the body begins to store more fat, resulting in gained weight. Despite the popular belief that hormone replacement therapy during menopause can lead to weight gain, the truth is that women who receive natural hormone replacement treatments are less likely to gain weight.

Aging Skin

Yes, even your skin is effected by lowering hormone production. Low estrogen levels have been linked to skin effects such as dry skin and wrinkles. Natural hormone replacement can help you avoid these signs of aging, as well as help to repair what damage has been done.

Concentration

Loss of concentration levels, or mental fogginess, is yet another result of the body's hormonal balance being thrown off by decreasing hormone production. As hormone levels drop, studies have shown that the quality and amount of sleep that a woman gets also drops. As sleep levels drop, so do concentration levels. Natural hormone replacement can help you restore a proper sleep cycle, and regain mental acuity.

Urine Leakage

Occurring in up to 70% of women, increased need to urinate and bladder leakage is a very common part of menopause and results from lowered levels of estrogen and testosterone in the body. Utilizing natural hormone replacement can help restore the natural levels of these hormones, helping you to avoid this issue altogether.