You wake in the middle of the night drenched with sweat, which quickly turns cold as the moisture hits the night air, leaving you shivering. During the day, the sudden rises in body temperature aren’t any less uncomfortable.
Night sweats and hot flashes are just two of the many possible symptoms that come with menopause. If you’re one of the one million women in the United States who are entering menopause this year, and the journey isn’t a very smooth one, it might be time to explore hormone replacement therapy.
Here at HealthFirst, Dr. Jonathan Singer offers a unique and hassle-free way to replenish lost hormones for women transitioning through menopause — bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). With BRHT, we’re helping women combat the side effects of menopause, such as the five we review below.
1. Night sweats and hot flashes
These sudden rises in body temperature are what we call vasomotor symptoms, and they affect about 75% of women going through menopause. The sudden drop in your reproductive hormones can interfere with your body’s regulation of internal temperature, causing these very heated moments.
While most women endure hot flashes for about two years, some can experience them for many more.
2. Vaginal dryness
More than half of women between the ages of 51 and 60 report vaginal dryness, which can greatly impact your sex life at a time when you’re free of menstrual cycles. The reason behind the dryness is the loss of estrogen. This hormone used to task itself with ensuring that your vaginal tissues were well-lubricated to facilitate intercourse and childbirth.
3. Bone loss
Another serious side effect of menopause is bone loss and osteoporosis. Estrogen slows the natural breakdown of the hard tissues in your body, so when this hormone dries up after menopause, your bones are no longer protected and break down far more quickly.
4. Sleep issues
Many women experience sleep issues during their transition through menopause. Whether it’s difficult falling asleep or waking in the middle of the night and not being able to fall asleep again, you’re not getting the restorative rest your body needs.
5. Mood changes
Irritability, anxiousness, mood swings, and even depression are common among women transitioning through menopause. Whether these side effects are secondary — a lack of sleep might lead to anxiety, for example — or primary, they can certainly have an impact on your quality of life during and after menopause.
Whatever your combination of symptoms, we’re confident that our BHRT can help improve your quality of life and overall wellness. By rebalancing your hormone levels, we can get you back to your old self again.
If you’d like to explore how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help ease your transition through menopause, please contact one of our offices in Greenwood Village, Colorado, or Cheyenne, Wyoming, to schedule a consultation.