At the Women’s Health and Healing Center in Prescott, our staff know that menopause is a celebrated time and defines entering a new phase in life. It’s the culmination of years of wisdom and a rite of passage from the childbearing stage. With this rite of passage, you will take into account your life experiences and how you have learned and further defined your perspective on life. You will develop a newfound compassion and empathy for mankind. Despite societal connotations, menopause is not a dreaded disorder or malfunction in your body. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
What is menopause?
The age at which a woman goes through menopause varies, though for many woman this age is 52. Despite the fact that menopause has officially commenced at least one year after the last period, many women begin to experience the symptoms of menopause much earlier. Menopause involves the reduction of estrogen production in the ovaries. While it’s expected that nearly all woman will have mild symptoms, as menopause, some women experience much more severe symptoms that interfere with daily life. For women who already have imbalance in hormone and neurotransmitter function, these symptoms are likely more harsh. A variety of factors, both internal and external can affect these imbalances including the following:
- Exposure to estrogen in the environment
- Decreased liver production
- Inability to absorb nutrients
- Imbalance of healthy bacteria in the digestive system
- Impaired thyroid function
- Impaired adrenal gland function
At our Prescott menopause treatment center for women, Dr. Hamilton has seen a variety of symptoms in women struggling with menopause, they include the following:
- Hot flashes
- Irregular periods
- Stiffness in joints
- Weight gain
- Difficulty concentrating, memory lapse
- Cravings for carbs and sugar
- Decrease in sexual desire
- Vaginal dryness, thinning of tissue
Among the most severe symptoms are heart palpitations, headaches, hair loss, dryness in skin and eyes, digestive and/or urinary dysfunction and increase in facial hair.
For staff at the Women’s Health and Healing Center in Prescott Valley, menopause treatment varies for every woman. Each woman’s genetic makeup and unique hormonal sketch will influence their need for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. There is no cookie cutter approach to menopause treatment at the Prescott menopause treatment center. Every woman starts with a standard dose that is adjusted according to her reaction.
Treatment methods for menopause symptoms include natural and traditional methods, which are used depending on your preference. In the first stages of your menopause treatment, you will participate in a thorough intake and evaluation. Our treatment methods include health supplements, lifestyle changes, and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for which only use bioidentical hormones that are developed specifically for your situation.
Throughout the process, the staff at the Women’s Health and Healing Center in Prescott Valley, menopause treatment will be your decision. Our staff educates you on the facts. It’s important to remember during your menopause treatment that symptoms did not start in one day and that it may take several weeks to see a change in symptoms. Once you begin to see improvement, you will embrace your rite of passage as a beautiful process. The staff of the Prescott menopause treatment center will be with you every step of the way.