Bioidentical Hormones

Janet R. Schwartz, MD -  - Women's Medicine Physician

Janet R. Schwartz, MD

Women's Medicine Physician located in La Jolla, CA

Women approaching and during menopause suffer a number of symptoms, including hot flashes, disturbed sleep, weight gain, drop in sex drive, and vaginal dryness. You don’t have to tolerate these symptoms. Seek treatment including bioidentical hormone therapy from Dr. Janet Schwartz. Learn more about the therapy by calling her office located in La Jolla, California.

Bioidentical Hormones Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause marks the time at which a woman’s period ceases, and she is no longer fertile. You’re in menopause when you’ve gone a full 12 months without a period. Perimenopause can start several years before menopause; it’s the time in which the ovaries start producing less estrogen and progesterone. Menopausal symptoms can start in peri-menopause, but pregnancy is still a possibility.

What are the symptoms of perimenopause?

Many women experience few or no symptoms during this change in hormones, but others may complain of:

  • Irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness and more intense premenstrual symptoms
  • Hot flashes and night sweats

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Many women experience few or no symptoms during this change in hormones, but others may complain of:

  • No periods for at least 12 months
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Lack of interest in sex
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Sleep disturbances

What are bioidentical hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are hormones derived from plant ingredients that exactly match the structure of hormones produced by the human body. As such, they effectively rebalance your declining hormone levels and reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms. They differ from hormones that are made from synthetic ingredients in a lab or those derived from animal hormones.

What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy?

Women who take the hormones report feeling younger, more energetic, and notice less aging of their skin. They also notice more comfortable sexual activity, and increased libido. By rebalancing your estrogen levels, your menopausal symptoms lessen or disappear altogether. Recalibrating your estrogen levels can also protect against the loss of bone density that often accompanies menopause. Hormones decrease the risk of developing osteopenia or osteoporosis.

How are bioidentical hormones administered?

The bioidentical hormones are mixed together—or compounded—at a pharmacy, according to a prescription from Dr. Schwartz based on your personal symptoms and needs. They’re usually a mixture of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that are most diminished during menopause. It may also include testosterone and other hormones. The hormones are made into pills, topical creams, or pellets that are inserted under the skin for timed release.

Who is a candidate for bioidentical hormones?

Women approaching menopause or in menopause who are suffering moderate to severe menopausal symptoms appreciate the relief the bioidentical hormones provide. Dr. Schwartz only prescribes them after a thorough medical exam and review of your family history. She discusses with you what to expect from the therapy and any possible risks of the therapy.