Menopause, Symptoms, and Hormone Replacement Therapy

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!