Some women go through menopause like it’s a walk in the park, with only a few, mild hot flashes. Others have such severe hot flashes, depression, and loss of brain power that they struggle to make it through the day. Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Healthcare offers hormone replacement therapy that safely relieves all of your symptoms by restoring normal hormone levels. If you think you need hormone replacement therapy, contact her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Levels of estrogen begin to decline during perimenopause, which occurs in the three to five years before menopause. During this time, menstrual periods often become irregular, with longer or shorter menstrual cycles and lighter or heavier blood flow.
Menstrual periods stop when estrogen production finally drops to a permanently low level. When you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months, you’re at menopause. The average age of menopause is 51, but the timing is different for each woman.
Menopause symptoms often begin during perimenopause and continue for years after menopause. You may experience any or all of these symptoms:
Estrogen impacts many systems in your body. For example, it helps regulate bone metabolism and maintains strength, elasticity, and hydration in your skin. Low levels of estrogen increase the risk for:
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) relieves symptoms and prevents the health conditions associated with menopause by replenishing estrogen, testosterone, and/or progesterone. Your age, overall health, and medical history determine the type of hormone therapy that’s best for your needs.
Hormones used for HRT may be synthetic, or they may be bioidentical, which have the same molecular structure as the hormones naturally produced by the body. Dr. C. prescribes hormones in the following forms:
Pellet therapy refers to a type of HRT in which the hormones are placed into a pellet about the size of a grain of rice. Dr. C. injects the pellet under the skin on your hip. It lasts for three to four months, continuously releasing the hormones needed to maintain a steady level in your bloodstream.
SottoPelle is a brand of pellets offered by Dr. C. that contains low-dose, bio-identical hormones. The pellets are customized to provide the precise amount of hormones needed to restore hormone levels back to normal.