Menopause is a natural transition that typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 when a woman's ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone. As estrogen levels decline, women may experience symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood changes, trouble sleeping, and more.
Treating menopause symptoms can greatly improve a woman's quality of life during this transition. Through customized hormone therapy programs, the symptoms of menopause can be reduced or eliminated so women can feel like themselves again.
During perimenopause and menopause, women may experience a variety of signs and symptoms due to declining estrogen levels. Some of the most common include:
The wide variety of menopause symptoms that women can experience highlight why customized treatment plans are so important. An experienced menopause specialist will tailor therapies to meet each woman's unique needs.
In addition to menopause symptoms impacting quality of life, declining estrogen levels after menopause also lead to potential long-term health issues including:
Restoring estrogen levels through professional treatment can help mitigate these long-term health risks. Routine health screenings and preventative care remain important as well.
The expert physicians at Vitality Wellness Clinic specialize in helping women identify appropriate treatment options to manage menopause symptoms and feel their best. Customized treatment plans may include prescription estrogen therapy, testosterone therapy, compounded bioidentical hormone therapy, vaginal estrogen therapy, supplements, and more.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) matches the molecular structure of the hormones naturally made by the human body. The hormones are derived from plant sources and customized to meet each woman's hormone levels and treatment goals.
Potential benefits of BHRT for menopause:
BHRT hormones can be prescribed in a variety of formulations including pills, topical creams, gels, vaginal inserts, pellets, patches, and injections. Finding the optimal dosage and delivery method is a key part of customizing an effective treatment plan.
Testosterone is often thought of as just a male hormone. However, women's bodies also produce testosterone and it plays an important role related to sex drive, energy levels, bone health, and more. Like estrogen, testosterone levels start to decline with age and some women can experience symptoms:
Testosterone therapy for women - delivered in a cream, pills, or pellet form - may help alleviate low testosterone symptoms in combination with estrogen therapy or on its own.
As experts in hormonal balance for men and women, our physicians carefully evaluate testosterone levels and determine if supplementation is appropriate. We closely monitor progress to achieve optimal testosterone dosing.
Declining estrogen often leads to vaginal changes after menopause including:
This vaginal atrophy can result in uncomfortable symptoms like dryness, burning, itching and pain. It can also lead to recurrent UTIs.
Local estrogen therapy - such as vaginal creams, tablets or rings - allows low doses of estrogen to be delivered directly to vaginal tissues. This helps restore tissue integrity and pH levels while minimizing systemic effects of estrogen. Many women see great improvement in vaginal symptoms and sexual health.
As a specialized hormone clinic, Vitality Wellness Clinic is devoted to helping women and men achieve better health, vitality and quality of life through individually tailored hormone balance programs. Some key areas that set us apart:
Our physicians have advanced training in perimenopause and menopause care and are certified menopause practitioners (NCMPs). This clinical expertise allows them to provide evidence-based treatment plans to meet each woman's needs.
In addition to symptom evaluations, we perform advanced hormonal testing to gain greater insight into estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormone levels. This allows treatments to be customized based on lab results. Ongoing testing helps monitor patient progress.
Symptoms occurring during menopause frequently overlap with other health issues impacted by factors like stress, nutrition, thyroid function and more. We take a holistic approach and provide lifestyle recommendations on diet, exercise, stress management and preventative screenings to help each patient achieve full wellbeing.
Vitality Wellness Clinic combines clinical experience with the latest research to provide individualized care for menopause patients. We are committed to helping women in Lafayette County and throughout MN enjoy life to the fullest during midlife and beyond through customized symptom relief and hormone balancing.
Our caring and knowledgeable team provides comprehensive care for women navigating all stages of menopause. We conduct thorough evaluations, offer advanced hormone testing, tailor treatment plans to meet each woman's needs, and partner on the journey to renewed health and wellness.
To learn more about solutions for menopause treatment and other hormone-related conditions, contact Vitality Wellness Clinic to arrange a consultation. Discover how customized therapies can help you feel like yourself again during midlife and beyond!