Marked by the decline of hormones like estrogen, menopause is known for its life-altering symptoms like hot flashes, mood changes, weight gain and sleep disturbances. Menopause is a natural mid-life transition out of a woman’s childbearing years. It can also result from other causes, like removal of the ovaries or certain medical conditions or injuries.
Menopause is an eventuality every woman must face, but its worst symptoms can be alleviated – and you don’t need to face it alone. To schedule your consultation with Florida’s top Menopause specialist, complete the form below or call us at (754) 247-0122 today!
Menopause is defined as the period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs and menstruation ceases. Normally, menopause occurs somewhere around age 50, but its onset can range from age 40 to 60.
A woman is considered to be in menopause when she hasn't had a period for 12 months in a row. Hormonal changes occur during this transition that can be the source of troublesome symptoms that diminish a woman’s quality of life – and can profoundly impact health.
As women age into midlife, they naturally transition from their fertile, childbearing years into the stage of Menopause. Sexual hormones are the chemical messengers that play a key role in this transition.
Estrogen—a hormone made in the ovaries—is thought to be one hormone especially reduced by menopause. As estrogen levels fall, many of the telltale symptoms of Menopause begin to emerge. Other hormones that may decline include progesterone and testosterone.
Other than the natural transition that occurs with aging, additional causes of menopause include:
In perimenopause - the period leading up to menopause - common symptoms include:
As the body settles into Menopause, there are health concerns that may arise because of the changes in a woman’s body that have occurred, especially reduced estrogen. Post-menopausal women are at high risk, for example, of developing osteoporosis and heart disease - and there are even cosmetic concerns from collagen loss, hair loss or dry, brittle skin. The health concerns of post-menopausal women require very specialized expertise and care – and a precise balancing of the hormones as they shift.
The course of treatment will vary with each individual patient. Primary treatment tools that cannot be overlooked include hormone testing and optimizing hormone levels. With Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), Dr. Borenstein can rebalance whatever hormonal deficiency you may be experiencing. After reviewing your medical history, current medications, lifestyle, and other health factors, Dr. Borenstein will perform a saliva, urine, or blood test to determine your current hormone levels. Doing so will help determine which hormones may require balancing.
BHRT testosterone and estrogen can be delivered as transdermal cream on the arms or thighs, or in the case of vaginal dryness, intravaginal bioidentical estrogen. BHRT progesterone can be delivered as a cream too, as well as a capsule.
Dr. Borenstein will discuss your specific BHRT protocol in detail, including treatment duration, possible side effects, dosing, and a timeline for when you can expect to see effects.
We offer countless other approaches, as well, to counteract the changes in your body the onset of Menopause may trigger. For instance, weight gain during menopause can be addressed through metabolic weight loss.
If you are struggling with Menopause, working with a doctor who understands the complexity of hormonal transitions and women’s reproductive health is critical. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we offer the most up-to-date testing and treatment so you achieve comfort, renewed health and freedom from the symptoms of Menopause.
We recommend that you prepare a list of symptoms prior to your first consultation.
Dr. David Borenstein is a top functional medicine practitioner in Florida who treats patients suffering from Menopause. Because he recognizes that each patient requires a treatment regimen tailored to the individual health profile and specific symptoms, his approach is customized for you and your body.
At Manhattan Integrative Medicine, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating complex health conditions.
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