Menopause is a natural transition in a woman’s life which often passes without much notice, but which can cause some uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain, dry skin, memory and cognitive difficulties, migraines, and night sweats.
Many of these symptoms can be treated safely with natural, risk-free methods including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). These replacement hormones are identical to the hormones our bodies produce, and by replacing them, long-term benefits for health and prevention are possible. Bioidentical hormones act naturally and do not increase risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, or dementia. In fact, current science demonstrates that evidence-based, bio-identical hormone therapy contributes to prevention of these diseases.
Non-bioidentical hormone products can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease in post-menopausal women, and for this reason, have largely been discontinued. This has left a gap in treatment options for many women who are not offered effective relief for their menopausal symptoms.
More importantly, natural hormone replacement has been shown in multiple studies to reduce the risk of dementia, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Fortunately, we can now have natural hormones compounded by Pharmacists with advanced compounding training, as well as offer Health Canada approved preparations to help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms and to help women slow down cellular and tissue aging leading to cognitive and physical decline.
Balancing hormones and improving health in general are also key to helping any woman at any age with menstrual issues including Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and painful or irregular cycles. Infertility, which is an ever-increasing problem, is often improved with these therapies as well.
Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole person and employ lifestyle medicine to ensure all aspects of health are addressed in a cohesive manner. Along with BHRT we address diet and nutrition, mental/emotional issues, stress management, sleep patterns, exercise, and other lifestyle factors that contribute to health. We focus on supporting wellness solutions and decreasing obstacles to optimal health. We recognize that each person is a unique individual with unique needs.
By spending time with our patients and completing thorough workups including physical exams and extensive lab testing, we often can uncover hidden causes of distress that are otherwise missed. Each person is treated as the individual they are, is closely monitored, and is provided targeted therapies unique to their needs.
Not every woman wants or needs peri- or post-menopausal hormones, but some do and many women benefit greatly both symptomatically and as part of a holistic approach to prevention with these natural hormones. Consulting an ND knowledgeable in this area will help you decide the best course of action for you. Together, you can create a plan for reducing symptoms, preventing disease, and keeping you safe.