In 2002, The Women’s Health Initiative study (WHI) was published. Doctors in America went from telling every menopausal woman to take Premarin or Provera to suddenly telling these same women not to take hormones at all. Largely, American doctors are still where they were in 2002. Nearly 80% of American women are told they should not be on any hormone replacement. At Georgia Hormones, we disagree — there are decades of good science showing the benefits of proper hormone replacement therapy. Refer to my article, WHI-The Women's Health Initiative - how July 2002 changed menopausal management.
The transition years. At menopause, estrogen levels change. Some women gradually lose their estrogen as they approach menopause. Other women may experience a surge of excess estrogen. The symptoms can be similar. Only by measuring a woman’s complete hormone profile can we determine what her current hormone needs are. During the transition, a woman's hormone profile can change, as will the therapy. One size does not fit all — our care is customized to a woman’s hormone situation at the time she is evaluated and we will make therapy adjustments as needed.
Fully menopausal years. In the later years, when the ovaries make little if any hormones, our goal is to supplement those hormones in decline. There are many ways of administering natural, bioidentical hormones including capsules, patches, skin creams, vaginal creams, tablets, and oral troches. Every woman experiences a different rate for absorbing the hormones given and how they are eliminated. Since these hormones are identical to those in nature, they can be measured to ensure adequate absorption while avoiding excess or overdose. The goal is to give sufficient hormones to meet a woman’s needs without the side effects caused by excess.
The full holistic program: Health in later years requires a full woman holistic approach. Although hormone balance is important for a happy healthy and, if desired, sexual life, proper diet, supplements, exercise, and lifestyle considerations, alcohol moderation, hydration and proper dental and sleep hygiene are also important. We will help by supplementing hormones, vitamins and minerals. We can talk about diet, exercise, sleep habits, work and recreation. We can even talk about sex. Our goal is to help you maintain your health and vigor, so you can enjoy a fulfilling, interesting, active and worthwhile old age.
Additional reading materials:
Why Women Should Take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Women, Issues and Methods
Bone Health for Women and Men