While menopause is a natural part of aging, its side effects are less than pleasant. From hot flashes and sleep disturbances to lack of libido and vaginal dryness, you can find a way to lower your menopause symptoms at Optimal Wellness Medical in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Steve Lasater offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy specially designed for you and your needs. To learn more about managing your menopause symptoms, call the office today to schedule your initial consultation or book your appointment online.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause occurs after a woman’s childbearing years end, officially beginning after you haven’t had a period in one year. A natural result of aging, menopause is a reduction in estrogen and progesterone — the female sex hormones — and usually occurs between the ages of 41-59.
This hormone reduction can lead to a wide range of menopause symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Irritability and mood swings
- Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse
- Sleep disturbances and fatigue
- Anxiety and depression
- Loss of libido
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Instead of reaching for synthetic hormones to replace the estrogen lacking in your body, Dr. Lasater often recommends bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
He uses this therapy to treat hormone imbalances that often occur during perimenopause, the period before menopause when hormone production slows. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy replaces the natural estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone that are low with hormones derived from natural sources like yams and soy.
Depending on your lifestyle and needs, Dr. Lasater recommends a specific administration of hormone replacement therapy. The treatment methods that Dr. Lasater usually recommends include topical creams and/or subcutaneously-implanted hormone pellets.
How is menopause treatment different at Optimal Wellness Medical?
At Optimal Wellness Medical, Dr. Lasater determines the best course of menopause treatment for you, your symptoms, and your response to different medications and dosages. In addition to hormone replacement, he may recommend improvement in your nutritional diet, your exercise plan, and the supplements and vitamins that you take.
To optimize your care and provide the best medical services possible, Dr. Lasater may recommend a variety of tests to determine your hormone deficiency during menopause. These allow him to take a whole-person approach to your health and wellness.
Some of the most common testing includes:
- Body composition analysis (percentage of fat vs. muscle in various parts of the body)
- Thyroid testing, including testing for proper levels of T4, T3, and reverse T3
- Arterial stiffness assessment (vascular age)
- Pulmonary function measurement (lung age)
- Cognitive/memory assessment (mental age)
When you’re looking for comprehensive menopause care, you can find it at Optimal Wellness Medical in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Book your initial consultation with Dr. Lasater online or call the office to schedule.