Bioidentical Hormones for Menopause and Perimenopause
Birmingham Menopause and Perimenopause Specialist, Jeffrey Donohue, M.D. believes that hormone optimization is essential for women to achieve long-term health and reach their wellness goals. Dr. Donohue’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs are created to help women with menopausal symptoms, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction, declining energy levels and stress. Birmingham Menopause and Perimenopause Specialist, Jeffrey Donohue, M.D. understands how hormones can affect the female mind, body and spirit. He draws on his experience and advanced education to design Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies that help women to address hormone related conditions and symptoms unique to each patient.
Female hormone levels can fall out of balance 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.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
There are more ways that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help women suffering from hormone related symptoms. The benefits of a customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy offered by Jeffrey Donohue, M.D. can include:
- 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 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.
Symptoms of Hormone Related Conditions
Some of the common symptoms of hormone related conditions that are commonly treated with natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
- Weight gain
Putting on weight despite regular exercise and a healthy diet can be due to hormone deficiencies or dominances. 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 bodyweight.
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.
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.
- Vaginal Dryness
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.
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.
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.
With firsthand experience in the negative effects hormone imbalance can have on the female body, Jeffrey Donohue, M.D. creates specialized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies to address each individual female patient’s unique hormonal needs.
Birmingham Menopause and Perimenopause Doctor, Jeffrey Donohue, M.D. uses all-natural bioidentical hormones, which are identical in molecular structure to the body’s natural hormone chemistry. Dr. Donohue provides customized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Treatment plans that support women suffering from the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, adrenal fatigue, and thyroid disorders.