Women can begin the strains of hormonal changes at a much younger age than many assume. Some begin to feel lifeless, fatigued or depressed, and start experiencing the hot flashes of perimenopause in their early forties, and sometimes even their late thirties. You may not suffer from all of these symptoms; some women notice changes such as weight gain and a decreased sex drive.
As women tend to care for the needs of other before themselves, these bothersome symptoms tend to get ignored. When women do finally find time to venture to their doctor, all too often they are written a prescription and sent on their merry way. Although this may be fine for some ailments, hormonal changes aren’t one of them.
You are a woman and an individual, and you need to be treated this way. There is no one-strength-fits-all prescription that can be written to alleviate your symptoms. In order to develop a proper treatment plan, an in-depth understanding of your body and your health, your family’s history, your symptoms and more are required. From here it may take some trial-and-error testing, as well as some lifestyle changes, in order to determine which therapies work best for your body.
Natural Hormone Therapies
Below are two of the most common natural therapies that could benefit your health and alleviate your symptoms:
It’s not just a man-thing; women also lose testosterone as they age, and just like men, they experience low sex drive, fatigue, irritability, weight fluctuations and more. Testosterone therapy can be relied upon in these situations not only as part of an overall wellness therapy for hormone imbalance, but it can greatly improve your quality of life. Some of these benefits include:
- Menopausal symptom relief – including vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence and hot flashes
- Increased energy, alertness and improved overall mood
- Reduced anxiety symptoms
- Lower risk for Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes
If you are experiencing hormone imbalances in your late-thirties or early forties, start considering your options. There are many benefits to natural hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), and far fewer side-effects than their synthetic counterparts.
This natural hormone therapy uses a treatment that is completely unique to you. Hormones are engineered to have the same molecular structure as the hormones your body produces. Additionally, these treatments are derived from plants instead of being recreated in a laboratory. Bioidentical hormone therapy treatments can be made into pill, patch, cream, gel and lotion forms. Which you use will determine how it is processed in your body, which can affect the effects it has – your doctor will be able to recommend the best form for you.
These treatments can relieve changes in your mood, your skin, your sleeping patterns and even your sex drive. Often, most importantly – especially when you are in the thick of things, it aids in typical menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Women’s Health Initiative
In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) published a study that indicated some hormone replacement therapy combinations increased a woman’s risk of heart disease and breast cancer. The recommendation at this point was to discontinue using certain combinations for chronic disease prevention.
A recent study’s findings, also published by the WHI, more solidly confirmed this recommendation and credited hormone therapy treatments with effectively treating menopausal symptoms. Dr. JoAnn Manson, one of the lead investigators in these studies, told NPR this:
The key point is that the results are now broken down by age and time since menopause. This is really what women and their clinicians have needed in order to interpret the findings and provide individualized care.
The recommendation is, don’t use hormones for chronic disease prevention, but do consider whether younger women [could use them] for treatment of moderate to severe symptoms of menopause.
The key to obtaining the right care for you is to find a healthcare provider you trust that will take the time to do the necessary research to provide you with customized care. If you have any questions about natural hormone therapies and would like to talk with practitioners that many women trust with their healthcare, request an appointment.