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Treating Menopause Naturally

Jun 04, 2014 03:37AM

Plant based, bio-identical supplementation for hormone related transitions can be extremely beneficial for alleviation of debilitating symptoms, as well as the promotion of optimal health. Using these treatment modalities in a low dose and safe manner creates essentially no health risk of previously utilized high dose synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Perimenopause and menopause are natural life changes, with the average age of 50 to 52 and range of 37 to 55 years old. The perimenopausal period is a time of transition, where hormone levels fluctuate, prior to when women completely stop menstruating. This can be challenging with debilitating symptoms of fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines and rapid heartbeats, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, poor memory, mood changes with depression, anxiety and irritability, breast tenderness, vaginal atrophy with dryness, itching, bleeding, painful intercourse and decreased libido, urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence with increased susceptibility to infection, such as urinary tract infections (UTI).

In January of 2009, Oprah Winfrey says menopause caught her off guard. In the February 2009 edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, Winfrey shares she felt “out of kilter” and had “issues” for two years that she suspected were hormonal. Winfrey went to a doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormones who informed her that her “hormonal tank was empty” and gave her a prescription for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). “After one day on BHRT, I felt the veil lift,” Winfrey writes. “After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy and my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step.”

For patients who receive BHRT, symptoms can be alleviated within weeks. BHRT are custom made formulations specific for each individual patient and can include DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone. BHRT can provide symptom relief, protective benefits and decrease risk of osteoporosis, as well as enhance long term quality of life. Within three to six weeks, vitality, sleep, mental clarity and balanced mood can be restored. Other natural therapies can be used in place of or in conjunction with BHRT, such as phytoestrogens (plants with estrogenic response), diet and exercise.

Deidre Maccannon, MD of VIP IMED Center in Fairfax, a physician of conventional/integrative medicine in women's health/OB-GYN, can test for hormone levels and begin treatment with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). For more information, call 703-207-4646 or visit


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