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Hormonal changes in menopause can be a real nuisance – from sudden hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, to sleepless nights, brain fog and more – all the while you have to pretend everything is ok so people don't think you're crazy!

Reproductive hormones like estrogen and progesterone play an important role in regulating everything from your mood and energy levels, brain and bone health, heart health and even your sleep patterns.

So when you're dealing with the challenges of menopause, restoring hormone balance is not only key to decrease symptoms but also reducing the risk for many future conditions like osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and cognitive decline.

Keep reading to learn more about hormonal changes in menopause and how you can maintain optimal hormone levels during this challenging time of transition.

Menopause Explained

Menopause is a natural part of the aging process for women, marked by the cessation of menstrual periods and a decline in hormone production, especially estrogen.

This change in hormone levels can result in the aforementioned symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood and cognitive changes.

Importantly, this transition period also comes with a statistically higher risk for health problems like breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, arthritis and depression – so it's important to partner with a health practitioner specializing in hormone health to maintain optimal health throughout both perimenopause and menopause.

Fortunately, we now have a much deeper understanding of what impacts hormonal changes, how to manage them more effectively and natural treatments such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) that provide effective symptom relief while protecting your long-term health.

Ideally, women approaching menopause (or who are already in menopause) will want to adjust their lifestyle, diet and sleep habits to naturally lessen symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, and insomnia.

Treatment For Menopausal Symptoms

Before diving into bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to restore depleted reproductive hormones, it's important to evaluate your current hormone levels to determine the best personalized treatment approach – ideally through lifestyle changes that support natural hormone balance.

The most common lab tests for estrogen and progesterone are blood tests, but depending on your unique situation, urine and saliva tests are frequently used as well.

In addition, we might also test for other hormones such as DHEA, testosterone, cortisol or thyroid hormones to get a more complete picture of your current hormone health. It's important to note that these tests are usually done on specific days of the menstrual cycle and should be done under the guidance of a healthcare provider.

Given our team's expertise in treating hormone imbalances, the best first step is to schedule a free discovery call to discuss your situation and what hormone testing might be required. We will help you understand what’s going on and come up with a comprehensive plan that might involve bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

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Areas Served

Dr. Pedro Gonzalez, MD is based in Chicago/Illinois, and serves patients throughout Illinois, Florida and Texas. These areas include but are not limited to Chicago Loop, Lincoln Park, Near North Side, River North, West Town, Streeterville, Lake View, Logan Square, Little Village, Bridgeport, Oak Park, Oakbrook, Harwood Heights, Arlington Heights, Bucktown, Old Town, Maywood, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Evanston, Cook County, Lake County.

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