Every woman experiences the emotional and physical changes of menopause differently. However, up to 80% of women struggle with hot flashes and nearly half develop vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. At Liondale Medical on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, Lionel Bissoon, DO, offers a comprehensive menopause program that supports every aspect of your health, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, nutrition therapy, and weight-loss management. If you’re ready to restore your health and fight the effects of aging, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
On average, women reach menopause around the age of 51, but your ovaries can stop producing hormones any time during your 40s and 50s. You officially reach menopause when you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.
Many women experience hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats during menopause. While those classic symptoms eventually go away, estrogen has a broader influence on your health, causing serious problems that won’t get better without treatment.
Estrogen affects nearly every system in your body. For example, estrogen activates receptors in your brain that influence emotion and cognition. Estrogen also regulates bone metabolism, prevents the loss of collagen in your skin, and maintains elasticity in your blood vessels and vagina.
When your ovaries stop producing estrogen, you’re at risk of problems such as:
Vaginal atrophy affects nearly half of all women after menopause. Without estrogen, the tissues lining your vagina become thin and fragile. As a result, you develop problems such as vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse.
The only way to reverse menopausal symptoms is to restore normal hormone levels with hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Bissoon prescribes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) because bioidentical hormones have the same molecular structure as your natural hormones.
After running lab tests to evaluate your hormone levels, your BHRT dose is customized to supply the precise dose you need to restore balance. With BHRT, you can reverse existing symptoms and prevent the health problems associated with menopause.
Estrogen isn’t the only hormone you may need to replace after menopause. As you get older, your body produces significantly less of many hormones, including DHEA. Replacing DHEA helps counteract the effect of high cortisol, protects against heart disease, and improves your immune system, mood, and memory.
Dr. Bissoon offers a holistic program that helps women with every challenge they face as they get older. The BHRT program is complemented with services such as:
Preventive health care identifies and treats chronic health conditions before they become serious. However, it also supports aspects of your health that can help slow down aging, such as boosting energy production in your cells.
If you experience uncomfortable menopause symptoms, call Liondale Medical or schedule an appointment online.