You look forward to a future free from your monthly periods, but when that future arrives, you realize the trade-off may not be so great after all. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bone loss — these are just some of the side effects of transitioning through menopause.
Dr. Christopher Serrano and our team here at Serrano Ob/Gyn understand all too well the aftermath of the precipitous drop in your reproductive hormones that comes with menopause. In an effort to ease this transition and improve your health, we offer hormone optimization with BioTE® hormone therapy.
Here’s a look at just some of the many benefits of hormone replacement therapy in optimizing your health and quality of life after menopause.
Your sexual health matters
With your menstrual cycles out of the way, along with the possibility of pregnancy, you hope for a new freedom in your sex life. Instead, you’re met with painful sex and vaginal dryness, which are two of the more common results of the transition through menopause (more than half of women between the ages of 51 and 60 experience vaginal dryness).
Your vaginal health is largely regulated by estrogen, which ensures that your vaginal walls are supple and well-lubricated to encourage sexual intercourse and ease delivery. Once your ovaries shut down, however, you no longer enjoy high levels of estrogen, which can cause problems with the tissues in your vagina.
Through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), we can restore your estrogen levels to promote better vaginal health.
Staying cool and dry
One of the biggest complaints after menopause are hot flashes and night sweats, which can plague women for years. If you’re tired of heating up like a furnace at the drop of a hat, BHRT can reduce this most unwelcome postmenopausal symptom.
Preventing bone loss
Women are more vulnerable to osteoporosis (bone loss) thanks to the sudden change in hormones. In fact, the International Osteoporosis Foundation reports that one-third of women over the age of 50 worldwide will experience fractures due to osteoporosis.
Through our hormone optimization therapy, we can replenish your hormones for better bone health.
Your symptoms are unique to you
While we’ve addressed some of the more common side effects of hormonal imbalances during and after menopause, symptoms are often as unique as the women experiencing them. Some of our patients complain of mental fog or problems with memory. Others experience anxiety or sleep issues. Still more report thinning hair.
With our BioTE bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, we can optimize your hormone levels to restore many areas of your physical and mental health.
If you’d like to explore how BioTE hormone optimization can benefit your health, please contact our office in San Antonio, Texas, to set up an appointment.