Menopause and Perimenopause Dallas
Perimenopause, also known as premenopause or early menopause, is the early transitional phase of approaching menopause. It can start as early as 35 but the average age of onset is 47. This phase usually last 3 to 5 years and is heralded by several symptoms, some of which can be quite subtle and seemingly unrelated. These symptoms are due to a decline in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone produced by the ovaries.
This loss of hormones affects every part of the body including the blood vessels, heart, vaginal, urinary tract, vagina, gastrointestinal tract, skin, brain, and bones.
- Hot Flashes
- Night sweats
- Heavy or irregular bleeding
- Weight gain
- Mode swings
- Memory loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sex drive
What is menopause?
A woman has reached menopause when she has gone without a period for one full year. For most women this occurs in their early 50’s. This is usually preceded by the many symptoms of perimenopause by months to years. Untreated, these symptoms usually progress in severity for the remainder of her life. Frequently, the cause of these symptoms is misdiagnosed and treatment offered is inappropriate – placing a woman on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication are good examples. Alternatively, this ‘condition’ is greeted with a resigned shrug as just one more example of the price one pays for getting older.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy managed by the expert physician Dr. Kevin Light at Integrative Medicine Dallas can replace these hormones to help alleviate this plethora of symptoms and help return them to a healthier, happier and rewarding life. Using appropriate testing and detailed evaluation, a customized solution to your hormone deficiencies is readily available. Optimizing nutrition, managing stress, getting fit and shedding the toxins from the body also contribute to achieving a renewed and improved quality of life.