When the symptoms of menopause or peri-menopause begin to interfere with daily life, it’s not uncommon for physicians to prescribe hormone replacement therapy to combat those symptoms. Hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness can be very unpleasant and disruptive, but traditional hormone replacement therapy comes with its own set of side effects. Breast tenderness and sporadic bleeding can occur when women seek to treat the symptoms of menopause with pharmaceutical hormone replacement therapy, which can be severe enough for some women to eschew treatment altogether. Fortunately, there is a more natural approach to menopause symptom management.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
BHRT, or bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, is a natural method of treating the symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause with hormones identical to those already produced by your body naturally. BHRT can balance hormones level in a manner which decreases or even eliminates menopausal symptoms, allowing you to get back to your daily life without night sweats, hot flashes and other disruptive symptoms.
Risks of BHRT
While bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can be a safe and effective solution for women who are reaching the end of their child-bearing years, it’s not ideal for every patient. It’s important to work with a naturopathic physician who understands the potential risks of BHRT, and the best methods of minimizing them for optimal treatment.
If you’re struggling to manage the symptoms of menopause, contact a naturopathic physician in your area to discuss your candidacy for BHRT. Together, you can decide whether bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a better alternative to traditional hormone replacement therapy, allowing you to enter this new phase of life without the discomfort of menopausal symptoms.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Bradley Bongiovanni, Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta