Perimenopause and menopause are characterized by dramatic changes in hormones and significant shifts in bodily function.
This transition differs in intensity between women. But an increased comprehension of the conditions and the treatment available can be beneficial to everyone.
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What is Perimenopause?
Menopause is a condition that is widely recognized by women. However, some are not familiar with perimenopause. This condition can develop decades prior to menopause and occurs due to a considerable reduction in the production of progesterone.
This leads to an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen. In general, this reduction in progesterone occurs due to inhibited ovarian function.
What is Menopause?
A woman is thought to be menopausal once she goes an entire twelve months without a menstruation cycle. The key factor that causes menopausal symptoms is reduced estrogen. This usually occurs on average at the age of 51 years, where menopause usually starts.
There are many similarities between the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. But menopause also poses the risk of the development of degenerative conditions and a higher risk for neurological issues. The intensity of the symptoms will be unique to the woman.
Synthetic Versus Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
For women undergoing perimenopause and menopause, doctors usually prescribe hormone replacement therapy. But there are some key differences between the two main approaches to hormone replacement therapy; synthetic and bioidentical.
Further research is being undertaken on the effect of synthetic hormones (typically referred to as HRT), such as Premarin, synthetic estrogen and Provera, synthetic progesterone. It is becoming increasingly clear that they are not a viable treatment option.
According to the results of a clinical trial undertaken by the Women’s Health Initiative, the advantages of these synthetic hormones do not outweigh the risks involved.
The study, in fact, had to be stopped prematurely due to the increased risk of serious conditions, such as heart attack, breast cancer, stroke, and blood clot development was so significant. The possibility of developing these conditions was further increased among women who smoked.
Additional research studies found that synthetic hormones may increase arterial plaque, greatly increase resistance to insulin, and promote the development of type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, there are other approaches to help maintain an appropriate hormonal balance.
Benefits of BHRT
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been proven to be a safe and effective technique to manage perimenopause and menopause.
Plants provide naturally occurring estrogen and progesterone, which is a good match for those that are found in the human body. These hormones help resolve symptoms related to both perimenopause and menopause.
In addition, these hormones offer the additional advantage of aiding in maintaining bone density, reducing the risk of uterine and breast cancer, decreasing the development of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and prevention of neurological disorders. Despite its numerous benefits, it is surprising that bioidentical hormones are not more widely used.
Various studies and medical research has established the safety and efficiency of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the treatment of perimenopause and menopause. The transition through and into these crucial juncture’s in a woman’s life can hopefully be improved through increased awareness and implementation of effective treatment techniques.
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