Menopause Treatment at Green Bay

In their 40s, many women start to witness a reduction in the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone, signaling the onset of the phase known as perimenopause. This time period often brings about symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and irregular menstrual cycles. Once a woman goes through an entire year without menstruating, she has transitioned from perimenopause to menopause.

Every year in the U.S., roughly 1.3 million women undergo menopause. This significant hormonal change, sometimes referred to as a “second puberty,” has varied physical, mental, and emotional manifestations. A comprehensive approach to hormonal balance can aid in navigating this transition smoothly. This piece will delve into the essence of menopause, pertinent lab tests for personalized treatment, and a functional medicine strategy suitable for those seeking relief during menopause.

Understanding Menopause

    Menopause marks the permanent halt of menstrual cycles for 12 months due to reduced estrogen resulting from declining ovarian function. Essentially, it signals the end of a woman’s reproductive years, after which she cannot conceive naturally. This gradual shift commences with perimenopause, characterized by menstrual irregularities and hormonal changes.

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    Common Menopausal Symptoms

    • Menstrual irregularities
    • Temperature shifts like hot flashes and night sweats
    • Vaginal dryness causing discomfort during intimacy
    • Decreased sexual desire
    • Sleep issues
    • Mood changes, including irritability and mood swings
    • Weight variations
    • Hair thinning
    • Dryness in skin, eyes, and mouth
    • Altered breast texture and sensitivity
    • Frequent need to urinate

    When Does Menopause Typically Happen?

    The average onset of menopause for American women stands at 51, with the transitional phase beginning usually in the mid-40s. Notably, about 5% undergo early menopause between 40-45 years, while 1% experience it before 40 due to premature ovarian insufficiency.

    How long does it last?

    The menopausal journey comprises three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. In perimenopause, estrogen and progesterone production declines, with the most significant drop in the last one or two years. While this stage can range from a few months to a decade, the average span is around four years. After 12 months without menstruation, a woman enters the postmenopausal phase.

    Functional Medicine Tests for Personalized Menopausal Treatment

    While diagnosing menopause doesn’t necessitate lab tests, they can offer insights into symptom origins and guide tailored treatments. Commonly recommended tests include:

    – Comprehensive Hormone Testing: Our hormone clinic incorporates comprehensive lab testing into our patient assessment to help understand your symptoms and create an effective treatment plan. This includes testing your  female sex hormone levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and your stress/adrenal hormones DHEAS and Cortisol (this one we test 4 times during the day – 30 minutes after getting up, at noon, 5 pm and at bedtime).

    – Thyroid: Thyroid issues can mimic menopausal symptoms. With a spike in thyroid dysfunctions during perimenopause and menopause, a thorough thyroid assessment is vital for a comprehensive hormone care. We take a deep dive into when we do an  evaluation for thyroid dysfunction and test levels of TSH, FT4, FT3, Reverse T3, TPO and TG antibodies, Ferritin, B12, Folate and Vitamin D along with reflex testing, comprehensive symptom questionnaire and physical exam.

    Our Functional Medicine Approach For Menopause Treatment

    Our hormone expertise reveals that people seeking hormonal balance during perimenopause and menopause typically encounter minimal side effects and health concerns when opting for tailored low-dose bioidentical estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as compared to their synthetic counterparts.

    Our nurse practitioners understand the nuanced requirements of each patient and design a customized hormone balance plan tailored to their needs. The essence of each treatment plan is grounded in informed medical care, with an emphasis on hormone replacement and stabilization crucial for a balanced endocrine system.

    At Wise Woman Wellness, we aim to offer the most holistic hormone replacement treatment possible. With dedication, commitment, open dialogue, and a partnership between the patient and our skilled team, we can create a treatment plan that works for each patient. Embark on your journey to end hormone havoc and get back to a vibrant you!

    Functional medicine providers, in addition to being licensed medical doctors or nurse practitioners, have completed the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) training program through the Institute for Functional Medicine. The Institute for Functional Medicine is a non-profit organization that is accredited by the Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and is dedicated to educating physicians and other healthcare practitioners in Functional Medicine. There are more than 1000 providers in the US who have completed the AFMCP training.

    Functional Medicine is what medicine should look like today. It’s a different, innovative, comprehensive approach to healthcare, emphasizing prevention and discovery of the underlying causes of illness as opposed to only treating symptoms.

    Functional Medicine Workshop

    Please attend our seminar to learn more about our approach to Functional Medicine at Green Bay to hormonal wellness including hypothyroidism and menopause symptoms.

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