Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause and Perimenopause
Sacramento Menopause and Perimenopause Doctor, Elke Cooke, M.D. believes that hormone optimization is essential for women to achieve long-term health and wellness, and experience all life has to offer. Dr. Cooke offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to help women with menopausal symptoms, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction, declining energy levels and stress. As a certified health coach and lifestyle educator, she has extensive knowledge and firsthand experience in how hormones can affect the female mind, body and spirit.
Female hormone levels can become unbalanced for many reasons. Hormone levels can also begin to gradually decline as part of the natural aging process; it’s very common for women over the age of 35 to experience at least one hormone related side effect. Since all hormones work together within the body, one hormonal imbalance can cause a chain reaction, resulting in many unpleasant symptoms.
A customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy offered by Elke Cooke, M.D. can help women combat symptoms of hormone decline as well as provide numerous health and wellness benefits that improve all areas of their lives.
- Bioidentical Hormone Benefits
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Improved brain functions like memory and concentration
- Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
- Enhanced sex drive and libido
- Accelerated fat loss within the body
- Reduced night sweats
- Helps relieve depression-like symptoms
- Minimizes the intensity of mood swings
- Promotes healthy blood sugar levels
- Supports immune health
- Women's Symptoms treated with BHRT
Women experiencing an imbalance in their hormones understand the frustrations of different hormone-related symptoms. Stress, poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyles result in the decreasing levels of hormones within our bodies. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a safe and effective alternative to using synthetic hormones or pharmaceuticals in treating the symptoms and conditions related with hormone deficiency or imbalance. Some of the common symptoms of hormone related conditions that are commonly treated with natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy are included below.
Weight gain – Putting on weight despite regular exercise and a healthy diet can be due to hormone deficiencies or dominance. Balancing hormones and stabilizing metabolic function with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can prevent hormone related weight gain and restore energy levels to help maintain a healthy body weight.
Fatigue – Often related to hormone imbalance and made worse with other hormone related symptoms such as insomnia, the symptoms of fatigue can be debilitating, often taking the spark out of women’s lives leaving them feeling like a hollow shell going through the motions day to day. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to provide relief from the symptoms of fatigue by restoring wellness and optimal hormone balance.
Insomnia – Experienced by many women suffering from hormone related conditions, insomnia can be caused by hormones as well as the onset of other hormone related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and depression. Restoring optimal hormone levels can help improve sleep patterns, making it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep longer, and wake up feeling more rested and restored.
Mood Swings – Imbalanced hormones can lead to feelings of instability, irritability and uncontrollable surges of emotions. Shown to improve mood swings and other menopause related symptoms in women, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help the body achieve and maintain optimal hormone levels.
Low Libido – A common side effect of hormonal decline or imbalance, low libido often affects women during menopause and can have a negative effect on relationships and quality of life. Fortunately, balancing these levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can restore libido and alleviate many other menopause related symptoms as well.
Sexual Dysfunction – Often related to low libido and hormonal imbalances affecting the reproductive systems in women, vaginal dryness can cause pain during intercourse and be a major impedance on lifestyle. Obtaining and maintaining optimal hormone levels is essential in preserving female sexual health, and a custom tailored Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a safe and natural way for women to take charge of their sexual health.
Depression – A common side effect of hormonal changes, depression can be caused by imbalanced, dominant or deficient hormone levels, but also can be made worse with the onset other symptoms of menopause. Gaining weight, feeling tired all the time and a lack of libido is enough to put any woman’s mood down. Controlling hormone levels and finding relief from the symptoms of menopause with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can eliminate the feelings of depression and bring light back into life.
Hot Flashes – Described as abrupt and intense sensations of warmth that typically affect the face, neck and upper body, hot flashes are a common symptom of hormone decline associated with menopause. Maintaining optimal hormone balance through menopause with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes in women.
Memory Loss – Mental elasticity and the ability to retain short term and long-term information is a well-known as a characteristic that atrophies with age. Understanding the connection between hormones and their interactions with the hypothalamus and mental cognition has led to advances in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy providing a way to prevent and reverse the effects of memory loss.
Uterine Fibrosis – Typically caused by imbalanced progesterone and estrogen levels, fibroids are common in women both young and old. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to balance hormone levels and prevent and reverse fibroid growth in women.
Endometriosis – Described as abnormal tissue growth that can appear on the female reproductive organs, endometriosis can cause intensified menstrual pains, irregular bleeding, and scarring of the uterus and sexual organs. Controlling estrogen levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and specialized nutrition plans has been shown to greatly improve the symptoms of endometriosis in women.
Premenstrual Symptoms – Monthly hormone fluctuations related to the menstrual cycle can cause several undesirable side effects known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Symptom severity varies in women from severe to moderate, yet most women did not know there is a way to regulate these hormone fluctuations and alleviate and prevent some of the common symptoms of PMS with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
The good news is that hormone losses and imbalances are correctable. Through the use of Bioidentical Hormones, women can not only be relieved of the symptoms, but also effectively protect themselves against osteoporosis and heart disease.
Dr. Cooke provides natural female hormone replacement treatment plans that support women suffering the symptoms of perimenopause or menopause due to aging, adrenal fatigue, or thyroid disorders by using bioidentical hormone therapy.