Menopause and Menopausal Management
Menopause marks the end of the reproductive years that began in puberty. It is the time in a woman’s life when she stops having menstrual periods.
This is a time for celebration!
Yet for some women, it is a time of distress due to the many symptoms that accompany such a milestone. Symptoms are due to declining hormones made by the body. These include Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, and sometimes Thyroid hormones. With aging, Growth hormones, Cortisol and Insulin may also be affected.
The decline in the sex hormones can cause decreased sex drive, bone loss, urinary leakage, vaginal dryness, worsening lipid profiles, mood changes, weight gain, hot flashes, memory disturbances as well as other changes to your wellness.
As with Perimenopause, lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms to a degree. Increasing your exercise level, eating a healthier diet to include more organic fruits and vegetables, decreasing alcohol intake and taking Vitamins and other supplements to replace deficiencies help a great deal.
Bioidentical hormone replacement is available to replace the hormones which have declined. Proper measurement of hormone levels allows us to replace hormone deficiencies and to establish your individualized, customized treatment plan (which will then be monitored) for a complete menopasual management solution. Further testing for the metabolites of Estrogen are a safety mechanism used to identify women at risk of breast cancer or hormone sensitive cancers. Knowing how each woman breaks down their Estrogen into active metabolites adds a further level of safety to replacement. Dosages may then be adjusted and supplements utilized to shift from bad metabolites to good.
Dr. Harris’ advanced training on all of these issues assures you the highest level of care during your Menopausal transition so that you may celebrate the greatest years of your life with proper menopausal management!