Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Donna Hargrove, D.O. at Women’s Care Florida & Bay Gynecology is a St. Petersburg, FL Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Doctor that guides women through age related transitions, such as perimenopause and menopause using natural hormone replacement. Hormones regulate thousands of essential bodily functions, and when they are not produced in the correct amounts, numerous symptoms can result.
Through restoring hormonal balance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Donna Hargrove, D.O. has helped vast numbers of women to derive significant health benefits. Many of Doctor Hargrove’s patients have been able to feel and look more youthful, while diminishing symptoms related to hormonal imbalances.
Donna Hargrove, D.O. at Women’s Care Florida & Bay Gynecology has helped countless women in the St. Petersburg, Florida area to regain their vitality and wellness.
Menopause is considered to be a period in a woman’s life when a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle. Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 40-59.
It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Perimenopause describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, childbearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production. Certain symptoms may mimic menopause but she is mostly still having a menstrual cycle.
There are many symptoms that women, who are going through menopause and perimenopause, experience. However, every woman’s experience is different.
Symptoms of menopause and perimenopause:
Hot flashes are a very common symptom for women as they enter menopause. They can be experienced during the day and or at night. The estrogen levels produced by the ovaries decrease during this time and the surging waves of heat in the daytime cause flushed red skin.
Night sweats are usually more intense than hot flashes and can produce intense sweating. Women can experience symptoms ranging from severe to mild, all with varied duration periods. Depending on the intensity of the night sweats, it can be accompanied by chills, nausea, headaches or an irregular heartbeat, causing a disruption in sleep patterns.
Irritability or Mood swings
Irritability or Mood Swings are a result of an intense imbalance of hormones greatly affecting the level of serotonin in the brain, which is responsible for the stability of emotions. Estrogen and testosterone have a direct influence on the amount of serotonin produced. Mood swings and depression can be experienced due to the drops in hormone levels. Reduced serotonin levels produce a state of sadness, foggy thinking, fluctuation of appetite and loss of sleep.
Loss of Libido
Low libido is the decrease in the desire to be sexually active. A drop in testosterone levels is responsible for lower energy and decreased sex drive. Arousal and orgasm are still possible, yet the hormonal imbalance that occurs during this shift into menopause can cause the vaginal wall to become dry and irritated further exacerbating the lack of desire to be sexual. All of which can have a psychological impact as well.
Estrogen and testosterone are the hormones that help create an environment in the vagina that is moist and the vaginal walls thick and elastic. During menopause these hormone levels decrease causing thinning of the vaginal walls resulting in less lubrication and elasticity, which can increase irritation, itching and pain resulting in a decrease desire to engage in intercourse.
Irregular Heart Beat
Estrogen levels fluctuate and have correlation to the cholesterol levels in the blood, as well as the fluctuation of blood pressure affecting the vasodilatation of the arteries and affecting the autonomous nervous system that regulates the heartbeat.
Urinary Urgency or Incontinence
Urinary Urgency or incontinence is the inability to keep urine in the bladder during sneezing, laughing or coughing. Estrogen is the hormone that helps with the strength of the bladder muscles. As estrogen decreases during menopause so does control of the bladder. Incontinence includes feelings of a constant need to urinate due to an overactive or oversensitive bladder. Another form of incontinence is a bladder that doesn’t empty completely and dribbling occurs.
Insomnia is a symptom and is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep for a long enough time to feel rested and rejuvenated. Night sweats or other accompanied symptoms of menopause such as bizarre dreams, or incontinence can contribute to the insomnia.
Anxiety is a state of being worried, fearful, on edge, uneasy and is often out of proportion to the event that initiates the response. Hormone levels affect the brain chemistry directly related to mood and emotions.
By bringing hormone levels back into a normal range, these symptoms can be resolved. Women can discuss symptoms and treatment options with Doctor Hargove. At Women’s Care Florida & Bay Gynecology, Doctor Hargrove will perform the appropriate tests to determine hormone levels and diagnose imbalances. She will then assess the patient’s unique symptoms and develop a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that will target the eradication of specific health complaints.
Taking a personalized approach to hormone balancing, Donna Hargrove, D.O. will tailor Bioidentical Hormone dosages to fit women’s individual needs. Wide numbers of women have been able to greatly benefit from Doctor Hargrove’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs.