One Health Menopause
In your body hormones carry instructions to start or stop, speed up or slow down physical and chemical functions. As you age, your body loses its natural ability to generate enough hormones. During menopause, the natural decrease in Oestrogen levels can affect your health for years to come. This inevitable hormone depletion can disturb each part of your body’s normal function resulting in symptoms, such as:
- Hot flushes
- Inconsistent sleep patterns
- Lack of energy
- Loss of concentration
- Reduced sex drive
- Reduction in bone density
- Decline in ability to focus
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Unexplained mood swings
- Thinning hair
- Not feeling like yourself anymore
- Loss of vitality
- Less skin elasticity/collagen
What is Menopause
The menopause is referred to the time in a women’s life when her ovaries lose reproductive function and her period stops. It usually takes place between the ages of 45 and 55. In some rare cases, known as premature ovarian insufficiency, women can become menopausal at a much younger age.
During menopause, ovaries become less responsive to the Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing Hormone (LH). These hormones are involved in in the reproductive process. Because your body produces and releases fewer hormones, LH and FSH cannot perform their usual functions to regulate your oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Symptoms experienced during menopause are caused by decreases in our ability to produce hormones which leads to an imbalance. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the widely used treatment for menopausal symptoms. By restoring the hormone levels the body should respond positively, taking back the control by giving you what you need to reach an optimal healthier level every day. HRT aims to relieve symptoms associated with oestrogen deficiency. Recently there has been an on-going debate over the long-term safety of using synthetic HRT’s. Women interested in HRT should carefully consider the benefits and risks involved by discussing with their doctor the treatment that best suits them based on their age, medical history, risk factors and personal preferences.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) uses natural plant source of oestrogen and testosterone from soya, wild yam and other plant extracts. These extracts are processed and used as pellets, which steadily release healthy hormones throughout the day over a 3-5-month period. With the slow release pellet, you should experience a smoothing out of the fluctuations associated with an untreated hormone imbalance.
Bioidentical hormones are derived from natural sources compared to manufactured HRT, because the hormones are chemically identical on molecular level with endogenous hormones. Technically your body should not be able to tell the difference between the bioidentical hormones and the ones naturally produced by your body.
Initial medical consultation and blood test will determine what your body is deficient in. This will follow with treatment that is uniquely formulated to you, your body should be able to breakdown the bioidentical hormones by imitating what happens in nature.
We understand how these hormone imbalances affect your life, we are here to help and want you to benefit from the whole process. We would like to offer you a visit to one of our clinics for a consultation with a GMC registered independent Gynaecologist. Both men and women are advised to contact us and benefit form our four-step process.
Once the hormone has been recognised by your body, metabolised and used, it travels to the liver to be broken down and expelled from the body.
Patients tell us that once they start treatment they realise how unwell they had been feeling before using bioidentical hormone pellets.
Around week 3 after insertion seems to be the point when patients say they start to feel the benefits but we understand some patient may take longer. Dependent on each individual’s metabolic rate, patients need the pellets replaced on average 3 times a year.