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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

As your hormones change before and after menopause, you may experience well-known symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings. You may also struggle with problems that many women don’t talk about, such as painful intercourse. David “Dr. Dave” Larson at SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions, understands the physical and emotional challenges you face and offers a safe and effective solution with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. To learn more about concierge treatments to relieve menopause symptoms, call the office in Encinitas, California, to schedule an appointment or a book a time online to come in for a meet-and-greet.

When should I consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Your hormones begin to fluctuate in the 3-5 years before menopause, a stretch of time called perimenopause. While each woman’s body is different, these hormonal changes often cause irregular periods.

During perimenopause, you can also begin to experience classic postmenopausal symptoms, including:

  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary tract infections

You enter menopause when you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months. Many women wait until menopause to consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

However, you can safely receive the same therapy from SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions during perimenopause to relieve symptoms and make the transition to menopause easier.

How does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy promote wellness?

Estrogen has an influence throughout many systems in your body, which means your susceptible to many physical changes when your hormone levels drop.

For example, estrogen helps bones retain calcium and triggers collagen production, so your skin stays strong. Areas of your brain that help regulate emotions and cognition also depend on estrogen stimulation.

Loss of estrogen increases your risk of developing:

  • Heart disease
  • Osteopenia and osteoporosis
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Gum disease
  • Vaginal atrophy

About half of all postmenopausal women develop vaginal atrophy, which occurs when tissues lining the vagina become thin, dry, and lose elasticity. Vaginal atrophy is responsible for symptoms like vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

As bioidentical hormone replacement therapy restores normal hormone levels, your menopausal symptoms disappear, energy is restored, and you can prevent chronic health conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are just like their name implies: They’re identical to the hormones produced by your body. They’re carefully produced from plant sources to have the same molecular structure as your natural hormones, which makes them reliable and effective.

If you’re interested in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you will receive a kit from SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions for salivary hormone testing.

You use the kit to collect your saliva; then it’s tested for levels of estrogen progesterone, and other essential hormones. Once your test results arrive, Dr. Larson prescribes a customized bioidentical hormone regimen.

Bioidentical Hormone Balancing for perimenopausal and menopausal women is a SourceMD concierge service that includes four extended visits to determine your bioidentical regimen and create a lifestyle treatment plan to ensure optimal wellness.

To learn more about Dr. Larson’s concierge care and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, call SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions to book a meet-and-greet or use the online tool.