Holiday stress is hard enough for anyone, let alone someone going through menopause. Now let’s add the vasomotor symptoms that go along with menopause, to that same holiday stress. There could be a total melt down coming on for the menopausal female.
Once you have developed hormone deficiency due to menopause, your coping skills might as well fly right out the window. You may not even feel “normal” anymore. Some vasomotor symptoms you might experience could be; hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, crying spells, short temper, dry skin & hair, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, no energy, and poor cognitive function. The every day decisions are becoming harder to make during the menopausal years. Now let’s put the holiday season in the mix. The “simple” decision on what to purchase for a Christmas gift or the hustle and bustle of the local Wal-Mart could be overwhelming to say the least. If there is not enough hormone production to help you cope with the stress of every day, how can you expect to remain sane during the holidays?
Here is a quick solution to this problem; make an appointment with your doctor or call a compounding pharmacy that can help you get the proper blood work you need to evaluate your hormone levels. Once the lab results come back, you could get started right away on bio-Identical hormone replacement (BHRT). BHRT can help with the hormone deficiency you are having. BHRT has the exact chemical structure that your own body produces. So when you replace with BHRT, your body recognizes it as something natural. This can help to alleviate vasomotor symptoms.
Determining the correct dose of hormones is very important. If your physician does not work with BHRT often he or she may not understand how to determine an individualized dose that fits your body according to your labs and symptoms. There are some compounding pharmacies that have specialists in this field and would be able to help your doctor determine your dose. Once you are on BHRT you could experience relief of symptoms as soon as a couple of days or so. Depending on what method you choose in delivering the hormones to the body may determine how quickly you would experience symptom relief.
Don’t go through this holiday season feeling more stress then you need to because of your hormone deficiency. Call your local compounding pharmacy today and see if you can set up a free hormone assessment.
May God bless you and your family during this Christmas season!