The passing of time leads to a variety of changes caused by shifts in the balance of hormones women produce. Starting at about age 35, the level of progesterone in women typically drops, leading to “perimenopause” and menopause.
Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when her periods (menstruation) eventually stop and the body goes through changes that no longer allow her to get pregnant. It is a natural event that normally occurs in women age 45 – 55.
Symptoms of menopause include:
Bio-identical hormones have many advantages over synthetic hormones, including less side effects, improved quality of life and greater satisfaction.
For many women, hormone optimization using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can significantly improve symptoms, sexual function, quality of life, and prevent age-related conditions and illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and memory loss.
Bio-identical hormones, also referred to as “natural hormones”, have the same molecular structure as hormones produced in the human body. According to Kent Holtorf, MD, substantial scientific and medical evidence demonstrates that bio-identical hormone replacement is safer and more efficacious than synthetic versions.
Bio-identical hormones can be administered as gels, capsules, injections, or suppositories. The precise dosage is formulated by a compounding pharmacy according to results of saliva tests that determine hormone levels.
At Manhattan Integrative medicine, all patients interested in bio-identical hormone replacement undergo a through history and a physical exam. Blood work and a comprehensive salivary hormone panel will be ordered, which will check the patient's levels of estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol four times during the day.