Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

Menopause is a natural part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept uncomfortable and disruptive changes as inevitable. At Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, Dr. Craig Henderson sub-specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. He is available to create for you a customized bioidentical hormone treatment plan. When you’re ready to learn more, schedule a consultation online or over the phone.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Q & A

What are some common perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms?

Perimenopause and menopause is a transition starting at age 40 and beyond your reproductive years. As your ovaries start to decrease their function, your estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels start to decline. These hormonal fluctuations are the cause of the perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Chills
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and metabolism shifts
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Forgetfulness
  • Headaches
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Fatigue
  • Low libido (sex drive)
  • Soreness during sex
  • Joint stiffness
  • Panic attacks

While you may not experience all of these symptoms, you’ll likely notice some as you move through this phase of life. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help.

How are menopause symptoms treated?

The primary treatment for menopause symptoms is hormone replacement therapy. This approach works by supplementing your natural hormones to achieve a healthy balance.

Hormone replacement therapy can be very effective, but it’s important to select a women’s health professional with the experience and training needed to create a customized treatment plan that fits your specific set of needs. Hormone replacement therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it requires careful monitoring.

What are bioidentical hormones?

There are various options for hormone replacement therapy. Some are made from plant sources and others come from animal products. For example, one of the more commonly used synthetic hormones is made from the urine of pregnant horses.

Many women want a hormone replacement plan that closely aligns with their natural hormones. That’s where bioidentical hormones come into play. These products are made from plant sources, and share the same molecular structure as your own hormones.

Your body cannot detect the difference between bioidentical hormones and those you produce naturally. There are various options to choose from, and these products can be administered via pills, patches, lozenges, creams, and vaginal preparations.

At Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates, all hormone replacement therapy is conducted using individualized treatment plans. Your practitioner will work closely with you to determine which hormones are needed to restore balance, and how your body is reacting to treatment. Changes are made as needed until optimal balance is restored and symptoms are under control.

Don’t live with the inconvenience and discomfort of menopause symptoms when there are safe and effective treatments available. Call or use the online scheduling tool to book your visit today.

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