There are some things that Oprah Winfrey knows for sure, and one of them is that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) significantly helped her glide through menopause without her hormonal symptoms getting in her way. After one single day of bioidentical estrogen, Oprah reported, “I felt the veil lift.” After 3 days, she shared that her brain fog cleared, her memory was sharper, and she was back to her happy self.
One full decade later women all over the country have taken Oprah’s advice to, “take control of your health.” The Joy Medical team is grateful that Oprah Winfey started the conversation with an ever increasing group of women who report having their joy sapped from them when they hit their 50s and their hormones started to wreak havoc with their lives with symptoms of sudden and frequent hot flashes, trouble sleeping, weight gain, vaginal dryness and discomfort and irritability.
Bioidentical hormone therapy is sometimes referred to as “natural hormone therapy” because the body responds in the exact same way to the bioidentical version (which are an exact match to the natural version), as it does in response to the hormones the body naturally creates.
There are different types of HRT. Many women, like Oprah, are given systemic estrogen. This can be taken in a pill form, gel, skin patch, spray, or cream to relieve menopausal symptoms. Estrogen HRT has even been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease when taking post menopause – which is one year after your period has stopped entirely.
Another form of HRT is a combination of estrogen and progesterone, which has been shown to lower the risk of colon cancer, and diminish osteoporosis.
If your life if being disrupted by menopausal hormonal changes, please schedule an appointment with us to have your hormones tested. If have a male partner who is showing signs of hormonal related symptoms, such as low libido, lack of endurance and strength, we often treat partners at the same time – who go on to report the difference HRT has made a huge difference in their lives.