Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age. It marks the end of the reproductive period of their life as this phase occurs at the time when a woman stops menstruating.
Years Leading Up to Menopause
In the years leading up to menopause, a woman’s ovaries will slowly start producing less and less estrogen until the ovaries stop releasing eggs. The drop in estrogen is what causes many women to experience symptoms such as hot flashes, lack of focus, and mood swings.
What happens after Menopause?
Typically, the unfriendly symptoms associated with menopause (such as hot flashes) lessen over time until they disappear completely. This period of time varies for each woman and cannot be given a specific numeric value. At this point, your body is now producing very little to no estrogen causing concern for the side effects of loss of estrogen.
Loss of Estrogen and How it Effects You
Osteoporosis is the most commonly known concern for loss of estrogen in a woman’s body. Estrogen plays a large role in the preservation of bone mass and without it, your bones can become more fragile leading to breaks and fractures.
There are other medical concerns related to loss of estrogen such as coronary artery disease, the narrowing or blockage of arteries that surround the heart muscle causing buildup. This buildup is associated with high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
How can I combat loss of estrogen?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is an excellent option for women moving through menopause. Through additional doses of estrogen via patch, gel, cream, or spray, we can raise your estrogen enough that you are not experiencing some of the unfriendly side effects that come with Menopause. Some of our current patients receiving HRT for symptoms related to menopause report an increase in overall improvement in how they feel, their ability to focus and think, as well as other benefits.
If you are interested in Hormone Replacement Therapy, contact Dr. Greg Davis to schedule an appointment at 530-332-9703!