Menopause is a time of transition in a woman’s life that should be celebrated and embraced. Menopause is a normal part of the aging process that affects women in their 40’s and 50’s. It is not a disease condition, although is often thought of and treated as a disease becasue the symptoms can interfere with a womans quality of life. The symptoms can start in her early 40s and last into her 60s. Dr. Marchese is an expert in menopause options.
Typical symptoms of menopause:
*Pain with intercourse
*Decreased memory and concentration
There are several treatment options available depending on a woman’s individual risk factors for breast cancer, heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis. Menopause options include bio-identical hormone therapy, botanical/herbal medicine, homeopathy, diet and nutrition, and nutritional supplements. Sometimes the best approach for managing symptoms is a combination or one or more treatments. Some physicians are not trained in all the possible treatment options and may not understand that some herbs interact with medications. Dr. Marchese has been helping women with menopause and perimenopause symptoms since 2002.
For decades, women have been prescribed hormones for menopause. Bioidentical hormones are compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as human hormones. In contrast, non-bioidentical, or synthetic, hormones are structurally different from the hormones a woman’s ovary makes. Hormones can be formulated with estrogen plus progesterone and/or testosterone and DHEA as well. These hormones can be made in the form of pills, troches and creams The compounded hormones come with unlimited dosing options and the ability to titrate the dose up and down depending on how a woman responds. It allows for more individualization of hormone therapy.
Who is not a candidate for hormones?
*Personal or family history of breast cancer
*Personal history of ovarian or uterine cancer
*Known clotting disorder or history of blood clots
*Personal history of stroke or TIA (mini-stroke)
*Personal history of heart attack or high risk for heart disease
If you are not a good candidate for bio-identical hormones there are still plenty of options for treating the symptoms of menopause. These include herbal medicine, nutrients, bio-flavonoids, homeopathy, and of course diet and nutrition. The goal is to decrease the symptoms of menopause without causing any harmful side effects. At the same time protecting a woman from disease conditions common after menopause, such as osteoporosis, should be included in a comprehensive individualized treatment approach. Dr. Marchese is an expert in menopause options and can help you sort out what option is best for you.