Perimenopause describes the period of time between menopause, when the menstrual cycle completely ceases, and the onset of hormonal changes indicating the ovaries are starting to shut down. Although the average length of perimenopause is two or three years, some women begin suffering symptoms as many as ten years before menopause. It can be quite difficult to properly carry out the necessary tasks required for work, family, hobbies, and friends while suffering from the symptoms of perimenopause. The characteristic symptoms of fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, mood swings, and aches and pains can be quite debilitating. Thus, many women consider using bioidentical hormones to relieve their symptoms.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones naturally made by women. Their precursors are derived from yams and soy and then in the laboratory they are chemically modified to produce hormones identical to human hormones. They are vegan and do not involve the use of animals in any way.
What is Perimenopause?
During the reproductive years, women experience menstrual cycles where estrogen levels rise as an egg in the ovary matures, then sharply drops, triggering release of the egg. Then, progesterone levels rise as the uterine lining builds up in case fertilization of the egg occurs, followed by a sharp drop that triggers shedding of the uterine lining (the period). Some women have very regular predictable cycles while many others don’t. After the ovaries shut down and menstrual cycles cease, levels of estrogen and progesterone maintain a steady, low level. During the period between menopause and when perimenopause begins, overall both estrogen and progesterone levels gradually decline, sometimes accompanied by random fluctuations. These changes in hormone levels cause the troubling symptoms of perimenopause.
How Do Bioidentical Hormones Help?
Bioidentical hormones are administered to replace the declining levels of estrogen and progesterone. If given at the correct dose, they will relieve the perimenopausal symptoms. It is essential for each woman to undergo testing before starting bioidentical hormone therapy in order to select the correct dose, and throughout perimenopause, regular testing is needed in order to keep adjusting the dose as natural hormone levels continue to decline.
Reach Out to Us for More Information
If you are suffering from unpleasant perimenopausal symptoms, learn more about bioidentical hormones by making an appointment with Radiantly Healthy MD. At our convenient locations in Indialantic, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!