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5 Solutions to Common Menopause Symptoms

While menopause is a normal and natural time in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years, the body changes and symptoms resulting from lowered estrogen production may feel anything but normal or natural.

Hot flashes are perhaps best known and most common, but every woman seems to experience their own melange of symptoms for a unique menopause experience.

It’s natural, then, that a wide range of treatments have come to the fore to address some, many, or all of menopause’s side effects, with levels of effectiveness that vary both by treatment and the woman’s reaction to it. Here are five potential solutions that may work for you.

Bioidentical hormone management

Since many of the symptoms of menopause are due to declining levels of estrogen, it may seem obvious that adding estrogen back into your system is a natural solution. After all, estrogen protects you from cognitive decline, heart disease, and atherosclerosis. The risk for developing these after menopause skyrockets, along with other conditions such as breast cancer and osteoporosis.

However, it’s not as easy as it seems. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does indeed address many menopause symptoms. It’s still the most effective way of combating hormonal hot flashes. However, some studies suggest that HRT itself has side effects.

Simply creating an artificial version of estrogen may not be enough. It’s thought that subtle differences in chemical composition are enough to trigger these side effects. The standard of care now uses bioidentical hormones, formulations that chemically match those produced by your body.  

SottoPelle pellet therapy

Of course, the delivery system for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is crucial. Dr. Speck Hopkins chooses SottoPelle® implanted pellets to assure a balanced, steady release of hormones into your body, around the clock for up to six months.

Implanted pellet technology has been around for about 75 years in the United States, and it most closely matches the way your ovaries used to release these hormones.

Pure Encapsulations supplements

If you’re not able or prefer not to use BHRT, or if you’re looking for additional help with menopause symptoms, Pure Encapsulations® nutritional supplements may be prescribed. In particular, PhytoBalance II supports hot flash reduction through mild estrogen-like effects, but with a natural, herbal origin. This supplement uses vegan ingredients that are hypoallergenic.

B12 injection therapy

Vitamin B12 is sometimes called the “energy” vitamin, preventing fatigue while supporting thyroid function. But that’s just the beginning for this super vitamin. When it’s deficient, the absence of B12 may be the culprit for a wide range of health issues. B12 injections can quickly restore adequate levels to help you get back into the swing.

Nutritional and lifestyle changes

Your nutritional needs change after menopause, as you’ve already seen with the importance of vitamin B12. Calcium and vitamin D are also important to counter the onset of osteoporosis, a common side effect of menopause.

Staying active and increasing the amount of exercise also helps ward off osteoporosis as well as countering weight gain due to metabolic changes. Bumping up your workouts also reduces your risk of cardiac issues.

Managing menopause may sometimes seem overwhelming. Dr. Speck Hopkins and the team at her practice are menopause specialists, able to advise and recommend treatment plans customized to your needs. Call the office to schedule your personal consultation today.

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