Menopause may be a normal time of transition in a woman’s life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept the unpleasant symptoms as an inevitable part of growing older. Women in and around Burbank, California, turn to internist Grace Wong, MD, for menopause care, including bioidentical hormone treatment. If you’re looking for options to fight the changes brought on by menopause, schedule an appointment today to get started. Online scheduling allows you to set up a visit any time of day or night, or you’re always welcome to call to check availability.
Menopause is the transition out of your reproductive years. Women usually experience menopause between the ages of 45-55, although some enter menopause early. As your body begins producing less estrogen, you may experience numerous symptoms.
Some women can navigate menopause with ease and manage symptoms through simple lifestyle modifications. For others, hormonal fluctuations associated with menopause are incredibly disruptive. Some common symptoms include:
Every woman has a unique experience of menopause, so you may notice a combination of symptoms that vary in severity.
Because symptoms are primarily brought on by hormonal shifts, supplemental hormone therapy is one of the most powerful treatment options. A carefully calibrated dose of estrogen and sometimes progestin can dramatically improve many menopause symptoms.
Research suggests that estrogen supplementation may also deliver a measure of protection against bone loss. Hormone therapy could increase your risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular issues, which is why Dr. Wong works with you to find the treatment path best suited for your needs and personal health history.
There are numerous ways to supplement your decreasing hormone production. Some of those options are formulated using urine collected from pregnant horses or from certain plants. These hormones are different from the hormones your body produces naturally.
Many women and medical specialists prefer to use hormone replacement options that share the exact same molecular structure as the hormones your body produces naturally. These options are called bioidentical hormones. Your body cannot distinguish between these synthetic hormones and those you produce on your own.
Bioidentical hormones are created from chemicals extracted from plants, specifically certain soys and yams. Bioidentical estrogens include estriol, estrone, and 17 beta-estradiol.
If you have questions about menopause care or the benefits of bioidentical hormones, schedule an appointment to sit down with Dr. Wong and discuss all available options. Online scheduling is available any time of day or night, or you can set up a visit by phone.