Menopause is the time in your life when your ovaries stop releasing an egg once a month and you stop getting periods. Both ovulation and menstruation are driven by certain hormones, and the levels of these hormones drop when you reach menopause.
This can lead to a wide array of symptoms, including mood swings, thinner skin, and night sweats. It can also decrease the density of your bones and lead to osteoporosis.
Our experts at Alpha Care Medical, with locations in Seaford, Millsboro, Harrington, and Dover, Delaware, treat these symptoms using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. This therapy replaces your lost hormones, so you can live life normally again.
To understand how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy reduces menopausal symptoms, you must first undertand how menopause causes the symptoms in the first place.
Your ovaries are largely responsible for the production of estrogen and progesterone, which are key hormones in the reproduction process. However, these hormones also affect other areas of the body, such as the brain, skin, and heart.
As long as you have a good supply of these hormones, your body can function well. However, when you reach menopause, your ovaries’ production of these hormones drops dramatically. And for many women, the imbalances lead to a host of symptoms.
While the aging process can cause menopause, it can also develop due to the removal of the ovaries. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, we can restore your hormone levels to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.
Bioidentical hormones are typically plant-derived. Furthermore, they’re structurally identical to the hormones your body produces. This allows them to interact with your body’s hormone receptors.
Earlier types of hormone replacement therapies used synthetic hormones, which are human-made in a lab and not quite identical in structure to your natural hormones. While further studies are needed, some evidence suggests that these synthetic hormones aren’t quite as safe for use in hormone therapy as bioidentical hormones.
During bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, the hormones interact with your hormone receptors to restore a balance among the hormones inside your body. This restores you to a more typical level of functioning and helps alleviate many of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.
You can receive bioidentical hormones in a number of ways. For example, you can take pills or get injections. However, one of the most preferred methods is getting hormone pellets implanted under your skin. Pellets gradually release hormones at a steady rate, so you don’t experience a decline as you near your next dose.
During your treatment, our experts work closely with you to ensure the dose you’re taking is safe. We monitor you for improvements in your symptoms and make adjustments when necessary to help you get the most benefit from your treatment.
If you have menopause symptoms and want to see if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy could help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Alpha Care Medical today.