The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, according to the Mayo Clinic. But menopause can happen to women throughout their 40's and 50's, too. However, it is possible for perimenopause to start in the late 30s (early or premature menopause) and early 40's. The symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. The symptoms range from hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, loss of libido, insomnia, and mood changes. However, some women may experience no symptoms while going through menopause. Menopause is triggered by the lack of estrogen produced by the ovaries. The primary indicator of menopause is [...]
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Estrogen is an essential hormone that maintains the foundation for female vitality and well-being. Estrogen is critical in proper brain function, bone density, and reproduction. Estrogen is also responsible for the stability of many things like heart, brain, bones and metabolism. Too much or not enough estrogen can result in metabolic imbalances and other health issues. One reason that estrogen levels decrease is due to the beginning of menopause or even perimenopause. Many people are surprised to learn that estrogen levels are often affected by burning fat, whether it be excessive working out or by extreme dieting. Menopause begins with the [...]
It's that time in life when women are taught to dread menopause. Menopause often presents itself in stages; perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Menopause means that you can no longer reproduce. Your body no longer releases an egg at ovulation, allowing for pregnancy. The effect of menopause is different from woman to woman. Some women feel debilitated by the symptoms of menopause, while others feel that it is merely a minor hindrance. Menopause can occur naturally as the body ages or from an oophorectomy. There is no guaranteed age of menopause; some women begin the process in their thirties, while others won’t [...]
I am well into my bio-identical hormone replacement journey. I just received my third implant. I find that I forget about where I started; it’s easy to forget how bad things were. This is why my journal is so important. It is important to keep your hormones levels at a therapeutic level for your specific symptoms. Hormone therapy does not ‘heal’ low hormones or permanently fix them; it merely addresses an issue. Your symptoms will come back if you don’t go to get your implants. We never stop aging, and hormones will continue to decline. The term ‘replacement’ says it all. [...]
Now that it has been 8 weeks since my second implant I went back today to discuss the lab work I had drawn 1 week ago. My symptoms have greatly improved overall. My nurse practitioner explained that several weeks after the second implant is when most symptom relief is noticed. She hit the nail on the head. I did notice changes even after the first implant, but the major shift in balance has been the last 3 weeks. It’s amazing how much I took for granted the simple luxury of a good nights sleep, until I didn’t have it. My levels [...]
I went back in to review my blood work with the nurse practitioner. She walked in the room and said you must feel awful. I immediately started to cry. What she was not aware of was the intensity of my hot flashes over the past week caused so much exhaustion that I was impossible to be around. I was in a terrible fight with my husband, and we were not talking. I got into an argument with a co-worker. I realized that I was the problem; I could not control my moodiness or anger. I wasn’t sleeping and was generally miserable. [...]
I am 45 years old and have just started suffering the symptoms of peri-menopause. My periods have been irregular for about two years but have not completely subsided. I started having night sweats about a year ago and noticed a sudden weight gain of about 9lbs. I typically don’t fluctuate in my weight, and if I do find myself gaining a pound or two, it was super easy for me to get that weight back off. When these 9lbs hit, they stayed. I tried diets, exercise even prescription diet pills to help me lose the weight. Nothing helped me. So between [...]
My bio-identical hormone replacement therapy story continues! I just had my second hormone pellet implant. I alternate sides each time that I go, that was a concern of mine since my first side was still tender. I filled out a brief questionnaire about how my symptoms have changed as well as recording my personal feedback. After I was called back to the room the practitioner sat down and compared my current ‘symptoms’ sheet and my last one. The symptoms were improved by over 40%! It’s funny how you tend to forget how badly you feel once you start feeling better! I [...]
It has now been almost 3 months since I began my Bio-identical Hormone Replacement therapy with pellets. My family and friends have noticed a change in how my temperament is more relaxed, I don’t get agitated so quickly. I no longer have night sweats that soak my sheets or hot flashes in the middle of church service. I do notice that I sleep better but only when I take the nightly dose of progesterone. I have forgotten it a night or two and I noticed rather quickly. I think a lot of the positive mental outlook has been because of the [...]
I have had the pellets in place for about 4 weeks now and just went in for a blood test. My levels have increased, and the doctor said that they would continue to do so, this appointment was just to help create a baseline. I have noticed some of my symptoms improve. I am getting less hot at night and that is helping me sleep better, she said that is in part from the Estradiol in the implant. She said that these would soon be alleviated altogether. I am very excited to see the changes happening even if they are slow. [...]