Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause and Perimenopause
Portland Maine Menopause Doctor, Michael Bedecs, D.O. at The Age Management Center has helped many women to overcome the challenges associated with age related hormone decline. There is often confusion over the terms premenopause and perimenopause since the terms are often used interchangeably and both refer to changes that take place around menopause. Pre-menopause refers to anything that happens before menopause, which can span months or years. Perimenopause is defined as the time around menopause and includes both pre-menopause and early menopause.
During this time the hormone equilibrium is off and hormone replacement therapy can help women feel better by relieving a lot of the symptoms caused by the hormone imbalances.
During pre-menopause women are still have periods but they might change over time and become irregular, such as long or short, heavier or lighter, or the discharge may have changed.
Other symptoms that may increase include hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia, lack of libido, weight gain, itching, extended PMS, anxiety or depression, mood swings, heart palpitations, water retention, fatigue and many others.
FSH (a pituitary hormone) levels may also fluctuate between normal and elevated levels.
One of the reasons that AMC conducts preliminary hormone testing is that there is often confusion over some of the symptoms women experience and whether they are actually perimenopause. A distinction has to be made since sometimes presenting symptoms are misleading.
Did you know, for example, that many women who experience what they think are perimenopause or menopause symptoms discover that the problem is actually a thyroid disorder?
This is because symptoms of thyroid disorders actually mimic perimenopause symptoms and unless you consult with a doctor, telling the difference between them can be almost impossible.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy & How it Works
Bioidentical hormone therapy or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that optimizes hormones that are no longer being adequately produced by the body. Hormones are chemical messengers that regulate many different functions of our body systems. They are at optimal levels during the reproductive years and then begin to decline. As those hormone levels decline, we begin to age.
The hormones that need to be measured include the ovarian, adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and growth hormone.
Once measured Bioidentical Hormone Replacement medications can be administered and monitored by Maine Menopause Doctor, Michael Bedecs, D.O. at The Age Management Center.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can replace the hormones your body normally loses with identical hormones at levels when many of us may have been in a healthier stage at an earlier time in life. These hormones come from plant sources and can replace those normally present inside your body, which results in rebalancing and restoration.
Anti-Aging Therapy for Women
One of the things you’ll take comfort in knowing about our anti-aging clinic and our natural hormone therapy programs is that we not only care about your health, but that we are also dedicated to making sure we get you started by collecting a complete history and current lab results so that we know all about you and can customize a program that will work best for you.
Anti-aging therapy programs work by combining hormone replacement therapy (natural) with personalized and customized recommendations for diet, exercise, and nutritional and antioxidant supplementation.
Once you start on your natural hormone therapy program our work does not end there.
Maine Menopause Doctor, Michael Bedecs, D.O. at The Age Management Center will continue to monitor your response to the hormones, nutrition recommendations and supplements throughout the entire process. Here at the Age Management Center, the goal of each individualized Natural Hormone Therapy program is to improve your overall health and wellbeing, help you to look and feel younger, prevent disease, and of course, delay the aging process. That is why before embarking on an anti-aging therapy program it is important to establish your hormonal and metabolic baseline.