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Going Through Menopause? Here's Why You Should Have Your Hormones Tested

Posted by Dr. Kris Wusterhausen on May 23, 2019

Hormones accomplish many tasks, though their work is quite subtle. If your hormone levels were to get knocked out of balance, the effects to your health could be substantial affect more than you might think.

If you’re going through menopause, chances are you’re experiencing some symptoms related to hormone imbalances such as:

  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Hot flashes
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Bladder leakage
  • Decreased lubrication

Hormone production and regulation is one of the most important and misunderstood processes our bodies undertake. Let’s take the mystery out of the topic so you can find out how your hormones can affect your body after menopause.

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Hormones: What They Are, What They Do, And Why They Matter

Hormones are regulatory substances – messengers – produced by our bodies in order to stimulate specific cells into action.  They can speed up, slow down, start, and stop a surprising number of physical and chemical functions.

Two key hormones that can be affected by menopause are estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen and progesterone are produced in the ovaries and are in charge of controlling the reproductive system (including menstruation and fertility in women).

As the number of ovarian follicles declines with age (menopause), your ovaries become less likely to respond to two other hormones that are involved in the reproduction system: Luteinizing and Follicle-Stimulating Hormones (LH & FSH).  

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When LH and FSH fail to regulate estrogen and progesterone, the resulting decline in estrogen can cause a significant number of health concerns, such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Inability to focus
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

What Happens If You Don't Treat Hormonal Imbalances?

In addition to the unpleasant side effects, hormonal imbalances can put you at risk for several dangerous and potentially deadly conditions. This can include:

  • Insulin resistance
  • Breast, endometrial cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Bladder leakage
  • Infertility
  • Kidney damage
  • Obesity

What Is Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) And How Does It Help?

Because hormones are such an important component to health, they’re key to living a healthy, happy life. Even the smallest imbalance can cause a cascading effect throughout your body.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is medication containing female hormones that are used to replace the ones the body no longer manufactures after menopause. There are several different forms of HRT including:

Systemic HRT (Estrogen or Estrogen/Progesterone combination replacement) - Systemic estrogen comes in pill, skin patch, gel, cream or spray form, and is a highly effective treatment for relief from uncomfortable menopausal symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness, itching, and burning

Low-dose vaginal therapies - come in cream, tablet or ring form and can effectively treat vaginal symptoms while minimizing how much hormone the body absorbs. This therapy does not help with hot flashes or night sweats.

Bio-identical pellet therapies -comes in small pellets that are about the size of a grain of rice.  Bio-identical pellet therapy uses hormones that are engineered to be biologically identical to those your body produces and can be better tolerated by some clients.

Placed under the skin, the pellets provide optimal therapy as they dissolve, consistently releasing small, physiologic doses of bio-identical hormones.

Some additional benefits of HRT include:

  • Increased mental focus and clarity
  • Rejuvenated sexual health and drive
  • Restored energy and momentum
  • Increased metabolism and ability to lose weight
  • Consistent, improved mood
  • Reduced depression and anxiety
  • Clearer, brighter, stronger skin
  • Improved overall sense of wellbeing

How Do I know Which Treatment Would Be Right For Me?

There are many considerations to take into account when it comes to HRT. Some of those considerations could be:

  • Your risk for side effects
  • The symptoms you’re trying to treat or avoid
  • Your health and whether or not you’re a good candidate for HRT

Determining which, or even if, HRT is right for you requires a conversation with your provider and an open line of communication during the menopausal years.  Research in hormones and hormone replacement is rapidly advancing so, recommendations can (and do) change over time.

How Much Does HRT Cost?

The cost of HRT depends on whether or not the therapy that’s right for you is covered by your health insurance. Some traditional forms of HRT are covered, and some are not.

And, unfortunately, more and more health insurance agencies are denying HRT coverage as hormone decline is considered  a normal part of the aging process.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t have options!

I'm Ready For HRT - What Do I Do?

Always consult a doctor to determine if you’re a good candidate for HRT. If you are, you’ll want to find a provider that will work with you to determine the right HRT path for your needs while minimizing the financial impact of HRT costs.

The Resurge Clinic can help you balance your hormones and restore your quality of life through our innovative Hormonal Therapy Membership.  This membership includes perks like:

  • Discounted hormone costs
  • Preferred pricing for add-on services you might enjoy
  • Payment plans that stretch the cost over time

When certain milestone events occur (such as menopause), hormone production and regulation can be put under extreme stress, allowing imbalances to develop. But that doesn’t mean you can’t turn back the clock and enjoy renewed energy and vitality!

If you think you’re ready for HRT, contact one of the professionals at The Resurge Clinic today and schedule a free consultation.

Keeping hormones balanced is essential to the continued good health of women of all ages. That’s why, if you think you’ve undergone menopause, having your hormone levels tested is so important.

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Topics: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Women’s Health