by Aymee Wilson, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics
During the transition to menopause, declining hormone levels can cause hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, decreased libido, difficulty sleeping, mood changes, fatigue and other physical symptoms.
These symptoms may be mild for some women and severe for others.
For women with mild or moderate symptoms, nonhormonal options combined with exercise and a healthy diet may be all that is needed to manage symptoms. Other women may find hormone therapy to be the most effective treatment.
Depending on the symptoms you experience, hormone replacement therapy may include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone or a combination of these. There are many benefits to hormone therapy, including management of symptoms, maintaining strong bones and a measurable improvement in quality of life.
While hormone replacement therapy is not for everyone, it is considered safe for most women, especially when taken during the early years of menopause. Hormone replacement should be individualized to manage your symptoms and fit your needs and lifestyle. Replacement is available in oral form, topically or can be implanted under the skin.
Men also have a decline in hormones as they age and may experience fatigue, a decrease in libido, depression and loss of muscle tone and strength. For men experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, replacement therapy may help.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with a NAMS (North American Menopause Society) certified menopause practitioner and discuss whether hormone therapy may be right for you.