The natural transition to menopause is challenging for many women, especially those who experience both physical and mental symptoms of a hormone imbalance.
At Salem Women’s Clinic, Inc., we offer a range of resources to help you navigate your menopause journey as comfortably as possible.
Our team specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), an effective treatment to ease menopause symptoms and optimize overall health.
Why a hormone imbalance makes you feel bad
The reproductive hormones that your endocrine system produces play a role in your sexual function. The same hormones also regulate many biological processes, including body temperature, metabolism, and mood.
During the menopause transition, your hormone levels begin to decline. For some, this decline isn’t always smooth, and fluctuating hormone levels can trigger a variety of symptoms, including:
- Vaginal dryness
- Low sex drive
- Persistent fatigue
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Memory issues
- Urinary incontinence
You can also experience mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and a mental fog that makes it difficult to think clearly.
When added to the life challenges you already face, symptoms of imbalanced hormones can wreak havoc on your quality of life and your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Using bioidentical hormones to optimize your hormones
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment that uses supplemental hormones to rebalance your natural hormone levels.
Our hormone specialists use bioidentical hormones to restore hormone balance. Bioidentical hormones are structurally the same as the hormones your body makes but are made from plant materials like soy and yams.
Many women can tolerate bioidentical hormones better and with fewer side effects than synthetic alternatives. We offer different methods to deliver supplement hormones into your body, including:
We also specialize in bioidentical hormone pellets, which we implant beneath the surface of your skin during an in-office procedure. Pellets release a steady stream of hormones for several months before dissolving.
Other benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy
In addition to relieving moderate to severe menopause symptoms, bioidentical hormone therapy also offers other benefits for your long-term health, including:
Better quality sleep
Insomnia you experience during menopause can interfere with your day-to-day life in many ways. Poor quality sleep can lead to issues like chronic fatigue and mental confusion. Women can also be at increased risk for high blood pressure (hypertension), heart attack, and stroke if they struggle with long-term insomnia.
BHRT helps regulate your sleep cycle so you can easily fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. High-quality sleep lowers your risk for chronic disease and ensures you have the energy necessary to function.
Improved vaginal wellness
Supplemental estrogen can restore vaginal tissue health and increase your natural lubrication abilities.
Hormone therapy reduces any vaginal irritation or discomfort you feel and protects the long-term health of your vaginal tissues from atrophy. Treatment can also alleviate any pain you experience during sex.
Because estrogen supports your overall bone health, a loss of the hormone can increase your risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a chronic condition that causes a loss of bone density, which makes you more susceptible to fractures and degenerative spine changes.
Hormone therapy can protect your bones and lower your risk for painful fractures and other complications of osteoporosis.
Call Salem Women’s Clinic, Inc., in Salem, Oregon, to schedule a hormone therapy consultation or book an appointment online today.