When Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the Best Solution for Managing Menopause Symptoms

Menopause is a natural and difficult part of life. Most women in America hit menopause -- when they have not had a period for 12 months -- around age 51, but symptoms can start around age 48. 

Menopause symptoms occur during a transitional phase called perimenopause. During this time, your hormones fluctuate, and it can cause unpleasant symptoms. It can drastically affect your quality of life, so managing your symptoms is the key.

Dr. Angel Paas of Kennesaw Gynecology is an expert in managing menopause symptoms. She offers a variety of hormonal and nonhormonal treatments. 

Managing menopause symptoms

Menopause symptoms vary in intensity. They can affect your daily routine, which in turn affects your quality of life. You may have severe hot flashes, while another patient has mild ones, or none. This also means that managing symptoms is different for each patient. Some women find relief from:

Making lifestyle changes can sometimes lessen your symptoms. Exercise is another good option, as it can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress. 

But not all women respond to these treatments. That's why Dr. Paas offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

How bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works  

Bioidentical hormones are plant-based hormones that mimic the structure of hormones like estrogen. They're an effective way to manage hormonal imbalances.

Your hormones fluctuate during perimenopause. These imbalances are responsible for menopausal symptoms, which include:

Menopause affects the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can replace these hormones. 

Hot flashes and estrogen

Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause. A hot flash is a sudden episode of intense heat. It usually affects your face and neck. Night sweats are like hot flashes except they happen while you sleep. 

While the exact cause of hot flashes is unknown, it may be from fluctuating estrogen levels. One study tested how effective estrogen replacement is in treating menopause symptoms. While it improved sleep problems, lessened pain during sex, and raised overall well-being, it worked best for hot flashes.

When to use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

During your appointment, Dr. Paas goes over your symptoms and their severity, and then builds a plan that focuses on taming them. 

To learn more, call Kennesaw Gynecology or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment today. 

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