Women’s Health

Menopause, Symptoms, and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Monday, 23 Jul 2018

Menopause — the time of life that all women anticipate. It can be the cause of a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms – from hot flashes to mood swings – that can make life miserable.

While there’s really no avoiding menopause, there are simple lifestyle changes that may make symptoms more manageable. Holistic medicine, designed with a whole-patient approach to medical care, considers every aspect of the mind and body for overall health and wellness. Julia Ward, MD specializes in holistic medicine in Sugar Land, and it’s her mission to offer natural and healthy alternatives – including symptom relief during menopause.

Common Menopause Symptoms

Some of the more common symptoms women may experience during menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irregular periods
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Night sweats
  • Low libido
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain

Not everyone experiences symptoms in the same way; however, if you or someone you love has experienced some of the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause, you might already realize how disruptive they can be.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps

During menopause your body stops producing certain hormones. The result is that your hormone levels may become unbalanced, which is the underlying cause for many of the symptoms women experience. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) often helps.

Conventional HRT uses synthetic or animal-based hormones, which aren’t the same as naturally occurring human hormones. The result is that the body often doesn’t recognize the artificial hormones, so women may not notice any improvement at all.

By comparison, bioidentical HRT at Balanced Body Image uses hormones that are identical on a molecular level to the hormones that women’s bodies need to function at their best.

As a primary care physician who specializes in holistic medicine, Dr. Ward may also suggest some other natural ways to help reduce the severity of menopause symptoms. For example, incorporating more exercise into your day and making sure you get a good night’s sleep can help too.

Likewise, making healthy food choices may help manage symptoms more effectively. Add more fresh fruit and vegetables into your meal plans. Drink more water (and less soda or caffeinated drinks) to help reduce bloating. Micronutrient testing at our Sugar Land medical spa can help determine nutritional deficiencies; IV nutritional therapy may restore the proper balance.

Call Dr. Ward at Balanced Body Image today — and discuss how bioidentical HRT can help you look better, feel better and live better!

Fighting Fatigue?

Monday, 23 Jul 2018

Chronic fatigue affects many aspects of life. More than just an “I’m tired” feeling, fatigue can also be very debilitating. It’s like carrying around 50 pounds of wet towels on a hot day. You feel completely zapped, and no matter how much you “rest”, you never quite recover.

We’ve all experienced that feeling, and let’s face it. Life’s hectic pace of work, school, kids, and pets can leave you feeling totally drained. But before you blame your lifestyle, know that many health conditions can cause fatigue too.

Knowing the root cause of your fatigue is key, and when it begins to affect your quality of life, it may be time to consult a physician. Julia Ward, MD, is a family practice doctor who specializes in holistic medicine in Sugar Land. It’s her mission to help her patients feel better and live better – and that includes overcoming the draining effects of fatigue.

Her first step? To find the cause.

What Causes Fatigue?

It’s important to first determine if an illness is the cause of the fatigue. Dr. Ward may order diagnostic tests, such as blood tests, to help her detect the reason. If an illness is discovered, she’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Sometimes, though, fatigue is caused by a poor diet and hectic routine. When your body doesn’t get all of the nutrients it needs on a regular basis, you may start to feel sluggish and tired.

Micronutrient testing provides Dr. Ward with details about the vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids nourishing your body. If you’re deplete in any of these areas, Dr. Ward may recommend IV nutritional therapy. Far more effective than supplements, this outpatient procedure delivers nutrients directly into your bloodstream for immediate results.

Nutrition isn’t the only way to combat fatigue.

Our bodies are often fraught with toxins obtained in the very air we breathe and water we drink. Poor diets can lead to toxic buildup, as well, which makes it difficult for your liver and kidneys to perform efficiently. Detoxification removes heavy metal and environmental toxins from your body, and the result is invariably a feeling of rejuvenation and renewed energy.

Hormone imbalance is another possible cause of fatigue. If diagnostic tests reveal this is the case, bioidentical hormone replacement is a natural way to safely restore energy.

Working Together for Better Health

As your partner in health, Dr. Ward will work closely with you to identify the source of your fatigue. Then together, you’ll decide on treatment options that will restore you to health. It may be medication, but also supplements, nutritional therapy, bioidentical hormones, or other holistic approaches.

Schedule time to meet with Dr. Ward or contact us for more information. If you’re fighting fatigue, we’ll go into the battle with you!