While menopause is a natural part of life for women, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings don’t have to be. At Zephyr Health in Lafayette, Colorado, Certified North American Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) Janna Gelderman-Moffett, DO, offers FDA approved bioidentical hormone therapy for women experiencing a hormonal imbalance from menopause or thyroid problems. Call Zephyr Health or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
Hormone therapy is a treatment for hormone imbalances. Hormones are chemicals your body produces to help regulate many of your bodily functions, including temperature, mood, and metabolism. When your hormones aren’t as balanced as they should be, you can experience uncomfortable physical, mental, and emotional changes.
Hormone therapy may be right for you if you frequently experience any of the following symptoms:
Dr. Gelderman-Moffett performs hormone therapy that matches the highest stand of care outlined by the North American Menopause Society. After a careful health evaluation, which includes a physical exam, medical history review, and blood work, she can determine if hormone therapy is the best treatment to relieve your symptoms.
The two most common conditions that hormone therapy treats in women are:
Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive years. During this time, your menstrual cycle stops, while your estrogen hormones begin to plummet. This gradual drop in estrogen levels can have consequences for your overall health, leading to hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
The thyroid is a small gland shaped like a butterfly at the front of your neck. It produces the thyroid hormone, which helps control your temperature, digestion, metabolism, and other basic functions. Thyroid hormone fluctuations are common in aging women.
Hypothyroidism — when your thyroid produces too little hormone — is especially common. The disorder can lead to fatigue, slow metabolism, and many other symptoms.
After performing a comprehensive physical exam, medical history review, and ordering blood work, Dr. Gelderman-Moffett can better determine which form of hormone therapy is right for you. Many types of hormone therapy exist, including creams, gels, patches and oral pills.
Dr. Gelderman-Moffett monitors your progress after implementing your treatment and then reassesses your symptoms after about 3 & 6 months. She can make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan to ensure it’s working as intended.
To learn more about hormone therapy, call Zephyr Health or schedule an appointment online today.
Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS)
Vasomotor symptoms or VMS for short are hot flashes and night sweats. They are often considered the hallmark symptoms of menopause and the indication to treat.
VMS are episodes of profuse heat accompanied by
sweating and flushing, experienced predominantly around the head, neck, chest, and upper back. Night sweats are hot flashes that occur at night. VMS are experienced by a majority of women during the menopausal transition.