Womens Health

Hormone Replacement Helps Menopause Symptoms - Not Antidepressants

| by MomLogic

Guest blogger Elizabeth Lyster, MD, MPH: I am seeing women at younger and younger ages having symptoms of menopause. The average age of menopause in the U.S. is 51 years old, and most people know about hot flashes and night sweats. However, I see women every day in my practice in their 40s and even late 30s having changes in their moods and in their menstrual cycles.

These may be signs of perimenopause, and can go on for several years if not treated. Most mainstream doctors will offer birth control pills or antidepressants, either of which may be appropriate for some women. Unfortunately, most of these doctors won't evaluate or discuss with their female patients the hormonal changes that are underlying these perimenopausal symptoms.

For women who don't need birth control and are not clinically depressed, oral contraceptives and antidepressants are like painting over a crack in the wall. And that's what women tell me they feel like: like they are "cracking up" -- and I don't mean laughing. The mood changes, irritability and sleep disruption that occurs during perimenopause can have ripple effects on kids, spouses and coworkers. The good news is that these symptoms may be easily treated with low doses of over-the-counter hormone therapy.

Doctors cannot blame women for turning to non-medical folks like Suzanne Somers, who just want to help women feel their best! Luckily, more doctors are learning about how bioidentical hormone therapy

can provide relief to perimenopausal women, and all the people in their lives. You're not losing it -- it really could be your hormones!