So the change of life has begun, and your hormones seem to be throwing quite a retirement party. The symptoms that accompany their erratic behavior have certainly changed your life – and not for the better. In fact, they make you feel downright miserable most of the time, affecting your work, your family, and most everything else in your life.
You may be wondering, "How long does this transition take? And when will things get back to normal so I can have my life back?"
While everyone is different, symptoms last about 4 years for the average woman. The good news is that you don't have to be miserable that long. Bio identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help you get your hormone levels back on an even keel, relieving the symptoms that are making menopause such a difficult transition for you while mitigating or eliminating potential side effects.
Bio identical hormone replacement therapy is a safer and more effective treatment for hormonal issues. Using natural hormonal supplements, derived from plants, BHRT works to restore levels of crucial hormones in the body to optimal levels to reduce symptoms and support health and well-being. These supplements contain hormones that are exactly – down to the molecular level – like those that your own body produces every day, which means that they work within the body just like your own hormones.
Unlike conventional HRT drugs, which use synthetic or animal-derived hormones to mimic the functions of human hormones, bio identical hormones are a true replacement for them, gently and naturally replenishing what your body is lacking due to menopausal changes.
This means that BHRT can restore proper levels and ratios of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in the body, the hormones that are in flux – and often terribly out of balance – during the menopausal transition. Bringing these hormones back into balance offers the relief you need to feel like yourself again. Those uncomfortable and embarrassing hot flashes that most women experience during the change-of-life will ease significantly or even disappear completely once that balance has been restored, as will other very common menopause symptoms, such as irritability and mood swings.
If fatigue has been an issue for you, BHRT can help restore physical and mental energy as well. If you've been feeling light-headed, forgetful, and generally foggy-headed, better hormonal balance can relieve these common symptoms. Having trouble getting a good night's sleep? Losing interest in sex or finding it uncomfortable or even painful due to vaginal dryness? Perhaps you've been gaining weight for no apparent reason, or suddenly have dry, itchy skin. These, too, are symptoms of menopause-related hormonal imbalance, and they can certainly be eased by treatment with BHRT.
So, while menopause is a natural transition, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to suffer through it in discomfort and silence, waiting for things to even out on their own. That process can take years – and who wants to be miserable for all that time? Fortunately, there is a way to ease through those changes without the misery, so if you're ready to get over those symptoms and get back to your life, talk to your doctor to find out if BHRT is right for you.