Menopause can be a challenging time for many women, both emotionally and physically. Even before menopause technically begins, perimenopause- the transitional progression toward menopause- can cause symptoms that significantly interfere with your function and performance in daily activities physical and cognitively, as well as overall metabolic health.
Most people associate menopause with hot flashes and mood swings. However, many more physiological changes and symptoms occur not just in menopause but also during perimenopause.
Some common symptoms include:
- General Fatigue
- Weight Gain-especially midsection with loss of muscle and bone
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Changes or Irritability
- Hair Loss
- Dry Skin or Changes in Skin
- Problems with Sleep or Falling Asleep
- Vaginal Dryness
- Urinary Incontinence
- Low Libido
- Lack of Sexual Desire
- Osteoporosis or Bone Density Loss
- Memory Loss
- Brain Fog
- Reduced Mental Focus with Poor Attention Span
- Loss of Concentration
- Night Sweats
In females, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone have many protective functions, such as maintaining the elasticity of arteries, decreasing plaque buildup in the arteries, increasing blood flow, regulating collagen in the skin, and reducing the risk of cataracts. During perimenopause and menopause, sudden reduction in estrogen levels can have drastic effects on systemic health. For some women, symptom management and optimizing the balance of these hormones under the guidance of a physician may be necessary.
At Premier Physicians, we offer bio-identical hormone therapies that are individually catered to each patient’s unique hormone optimizing requirement. In creating a regimen to balance critical hormones, treatment goes beyond alleviating the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause in order to improve and maximize overall health, vitality and function.