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Navigating Menopause: Hormone Therapy as a Treatment Option

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Navigating Menopause: Hormone Therapy as a Treatment Option

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Published by: Age Management Center “In the U.S., an estimated 6,000 women daily and more than 2 million women yearly reach menopause. With an average life expectancy of 81, women are spending greater than one-third of their lives in menopause.” Mayo Clinic Menopause...

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Menopause marks a significant transition in a woman’s life and is often accompanied by a variety of unpleasant physical and emotional symptoms. Understanding and managing these symptoms can greatly improve one’s quality of life through this natural and very important transition.

At the Age Management Center of New England, triple board-certified physician Dr. Michael Bedecs and his experienced team of physicians and medical providers have helped countless women find true relief from menopause symptoms through advanced, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Understanding Menopause and its Symptoms

Menopause is a natural biological process that typically occurs in a woman’s late 40s or early 50s, signifying the end of her menstrual cycles. Menopause is diagnosed after a woman has gone 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period.

Symptoms associated with menopause arise due to significant shifts in hormone production, most notably, estrogen and progesterone production. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness, brain fog, and sleep disturbances are all common symptoms reported by women going through menopause, with the intensity and duration of menopause symptoms varying greatly from one woman to another.

But these are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to women’s experiences with menopause and the medical conditions they should be alert to once they have reached menopause. Increased risk for osteoporosis/bone fracture, heart disease, weight gain, and beyond are all factors women should be alert to during and following the transition into menopause. We specialize in helping to maintain optimal health and optimal quality of life with all of the changes menopause can bring about.

Hormone Therapy for Menopause: An Overview

Menopause hormone therapy (MHT), also referred to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), involves the administration of suboptimal hormones to relieve menopausal symptoms. This therapy can be especially beneficial for managing moderate to severe menopausal symptoms and is considered one of the most effective treatments available.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Menopause

At the Age Management Center of New England, Dr. Bedecs and his team of menopause specialists provide menopause hormone therapy using bioidentical hormone replacement.

Under the care of a qualified provider, such as our HRT specialists at the Age Management Center of New England, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for menopause can effectively treat hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. It may also offer protective benefits against osteoporosis, heart disease, and other medical conditions.

Personalizing Your Treatment Plan

The providers at the Age Management Center of New England consider many factors when deciding if a woman is a good candidate for hormone therapy, and we closely monitor every patient throughout her treatment. While hormone therapy is an excellent option for many women struggling with menopause symptoms, it is not for everyone. That’s why we complete comprehensive lab tests and medical exams, dive into your medical history and conditions, and conduct a comprehensive consultation before tailoring a treatment plan to our patients’ needs. Our plans are medically- and data-driven so that you achieve optimal health and quality of life through treatments backed by science and personalized care.

Schedule a Free Screening

If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms and want to optimize your transition into and following the onset of menopause, bioidentical hormone therapy might be a viable treatment option for you. We are proud to help women across Maine and New England as they transition into menopause and often become their happiest, healthiest selves yet. Schedule your free screening with the Age Management Center in Portland, Maine today.