Hormone replacement therapy is a common solution for many hormone-related conditions that women face, including menopause and perimenopause. Jackson Hole, Wyoming menopause doctor Jonathan Figg, MD provides bioidentical hormones to help women feel better and transition smoothly into the next phase of life.
Both menopause and perimenopause can lead to many frustrating and unpleasant symptoms, but both are treatable with hormone replacement therapy. For those women who want a more natural solution to treating hormone decline and imbalance, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) may be the perfect answer.
Symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain and more are all indications that your regular hormone levels are fluctuating as you approach menopause. Sudden hormone fluctuations are often the cause of menopausal symptoms. BHRT helps to even out those fluctuations by providing the natural hormones your body needs in a controlled, regular way.
BHRT uses bioidentical hormones, while regular HRT uses synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural plant sources such as soy and yams, and they are an exact chemical match to the hormones that your body naturally produces. Bioidentical hormones are a convenient option for many women because they are available in many forms, such as creams or gels.
To learn more about Bioidentical Hormones for Women, contact Dr. Figg of Grand Teton Health.
Learn About Hormones In The Body
In the years surrounding menopause, you may hear about a variety of hormones and their various functions. Below are some of the most common that you or your doctor may have concerns about.
Estrogen: For women, estrogen is the primary sex hormone. Estrogen is responsible for puberty, preparing the body for pregnancy and a regular menstrual cycle. During menopause, fluctuation and declining estrogen levels case many uncomfortable symptoms.
Progesterone: This hormone is similar to estrogen, in that is assists with the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. While estrogen goes to work at the beginning of the menstrual cycle, progesterone works in the second half to prepare the lining of the uterus for the egg to be implanted.
Testosterone: While this hormone is often considered the male hormone, testosterone is also present and performing valuable functions in women. Testosterone helps energy levels, libido, bones, muscles and responsiveness to sexual stimulation.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone: One of the gonadotrophic hormones, follicle-stimulating hormone is released by the pituitary gland into the bloodstream for pubertal development and healthy ovary function.
Luteinizing Hormone: The other gonadotrophic hormone, this hormone causes the ovaries to produce estradiol and release an egg during ovulation.
Inhibin: Another important hormone for female reproductive health involved in the development of reproductive organs, fertility, pregnancy and menopause.
Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause
Below are some common symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and hormone imbalances in women.
- Hot flashes
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Joint pain and swelling
- Lack of energy
- Loss of muscle
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Urinary incontinence
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Dry skin
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido
- Night sweats
- Weight gain