Menopause is diagnosed when you’ve gone an entire year without your period. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but you may experience symptoms several years before in a stage known as perimenopause. During perimenopause, your hormone levels are declining, and you may experience many of the same symptoms that happen with menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and hair loss.
Some women experience very mild symptoms during menopause and perimenopause, but other women can have their lives severely affected by:
You may also experience changes in your vagina that include decreased lubrication and thinning tissue. The hormonal changes of menopause also put you at greater risk of heart disease. Your cholesterol profiles can change significantly during menopause, too, and you may experience rapid bone loss.
Many of the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause can be attributed to changing hormone levels. At Norterra Family Medicine, Dr. Sarna, Mollyann Allen, PA and Nicole Walker, PA offer natural hormone therapy to balance out your hormones and alleviate symptoms.
Bioidentical hormones exactly match the chemical makeup of your body’s hormones. They’re derived from natural plant ingredients. Synthetic hormones don’t match your hormones chemically, and are thus not as effective and can have notable side effects.
A compounding pharmacy produces the bioidentical hormones and can customize them for you.
You experience a greater sense of vitality; freedom from hot flashes; weight loss; and improved memory and mood. Bioidentical hormones can also slow bone loss and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Many of the vaginal symptoms, such as dryness and urinary incontinence, can also be resolved.
The doctors review your medical history and go over your symptoms to determine whether bioidentical hormones are right for you. Then, a compounding pharmacy puts together the hormones in pellets that are administered just under your skin, creams or lozenges.
We participate with most major insurance carriers, however, some specific policies under that carrier may be under a network that we are not contracted with. The best way to ensure we are an in-network provider is to call the customer service line listed on the back of your insurance card to verify that either Dr. Kristine Sarna or Dr. Rebecca Weiss is listed as an in-network provider for your specific insurance policy. We recommend that all patients verify this very important information before you schedule your appointment to prevent any unexpected amount due for your office visit.If you have any questions about this or anything about our practice, we will be happy to help you in any way we can. Just give us a call at 623-565-5060. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
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