Bioidentical Hormones For Menopause & Perimenopause Symptoms
Ottawa Ontario Menopause Specialist Kandis Lock, N.D. specializes in helping patients to overcome the signs and symptoms related to age related hormonal imbalances. Menopause is considered to a period in a woman’s life when she has reached menopause when a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle.
Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Perimenopause describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.
There are many symptoms that Ottawa women, who are going through menopause and perimenopause, experience. However, every woman’s experience is different.
Common Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause:
- Hot Flashes
Are a very common symptom for women as they enter menopause. They can be experienced during the day and or at night. The estrogen levels produced by the ovaries decrease during this time and the surging waves of heat in the daytime cause flushed red skin. Hot flashes during the night can result in sudden rushes of heat waves causing intense sweating.
- Night Sweats
Are usually more intense than hot flashes and women can experience symptoms ranging from server to mild all with varied duration periods. Depending on the intensity night sweats, it can be accompanied by chills, nausea, headaches or an irregular heartbeat. This, thus, causes disruption in sleep patterns.
- Irritability/Mood Swings
Are a result of an intense imbalance of hormones greatly affecting the level of Serotonin in the brain which is responsible for the stability of emotions. Estrogen has direct influence on the amount of Serotonin produced. Mood swings and depression can be experienced due to the drops in Estrogen levels that are responsible for production of serotonin the mood regulating hormone in the brain. It is a state of sadness, foggy thinking, fluctuation of appetite, loss of sleep and feelings that produce thoughts of suicide.
- Loss of Libido
Is the decrease in the desire to be sexually active. The drop in Estrogen, Progesterone levels are the hormones responsible for lower energy and decreased sex drive. Arousal and orgasm are still possible, yet the hormonal imbalance that occurs during this shift into menopause can cause the vaginal wall to become dry and irritated further exacerbating the lack of desire to be sexual. All of which can have a psychological impact as well.
- Vaginal Dryness
Estrogen is the hormone that helps create an environment in the vagina that is moist and the vaginal wall is thick and elastic. During menopause the levels of estrogen decrease which causes thinning of the vaginal walls resulting in less lubrication and elasticity, which can increase irritation, itching and pain resulting in a decrease desire to engage in intercourse.
- Irregular Heart.eat
Estrogen levels may be responsible for the symptoms of an irregular heartbeat. Estrogen levels fluctuate and have correlation to the cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as the fluctuation of blood pressure affecting the vasodilatation of the arteries and affecting the autonomous nervous system that regulates the heartbeat. Fatigue, anxiety, and more.
- Urinary Urgency and Incontinence
Is the inability to keep urine in the bladder during sneezing, laughing or coughing. Estrogen is the hormone that helps with the strength of the bladder muscles. As estrogen decreases during menopause so does control of the bladder. Incontinence includes feelings of constant need to urinate due to an overactive or oversensitive bladder. Another form of incontinence is a bladder that doesn’t empty completely and dribbling occurs.
Is a symptom and is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for a long enough time to feel rested and rejuvenated. Night sweats or other accompanied symptoms of menopause such as bizarre dreams, or incontinence can contribute to the insomnia.
Can feel like one is out of touch with their surroundings. Often this symptom is directly related to feeling dizzy and light heated. Some experience vertigo which is a constant spinning sensation, or light headed feeling when one stands up too fast.
A state of being worried, fearful, on edge, uneasy, worried, or a sense of urgency and is often out of proportion to the event that initiates the response. Estrogen levels affect the brain chemistry directly related to mood and emotions.
Because there is a large number of symptoms women experience, it is best to discuss each of your symptoms with Dr. Lock. Ottawa Ontario Menopause Specialist Kandis Lock, N.D. will perform the appropriate testing to determine which hormones are out of balance and what dosages are needed to bring them back to optimal levels. Offering a variety of delivery options, Dr. Lock will provide Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans that are customized to fit personal needs.She has helped vast numbers of women to obtain great benefits from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.