Menopause and Perimenopause, (pre-menopause) are times of great fluctuation and eventual decline in female hormone levels. This affects a woman’s body in various ways. Women may experience hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, depression and mood swings, decreased bone strength and changes in libido.
Other Causes Of Hormone Imbalances
While hormone fluctuations are most recognized at the onset of perimenopause, they can also occur throughout a woman’s life. Hormone balance can be affected by the following:
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Thyroid Imbalance
- Ovarian Cysts
- Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
- Anovulation (inability of the ovary(s) to release an egg)
- Certain medications
- Extreme Exercise
- Dietary Changes
Hormone Therapy Treatment
Management of menopausal symptoms is achieved through a combination of treatments, such as, hormonal and medical therapies and lifestyle changes including dietary and exercise modifications. These therapies are based on the patients symptoms and results of a thorough physical examination, analysis of patient history and an extensive medical work up will typically achieve optimal results. Changes in medications, as well as dosage, contraceptive methods and patient’s risk of cancer are also great considerations which will be addressed.