Integrative Medicine Specialists located in Templeton, CA
As your body inches closer to the end of your reproductive years, you may experience a range of seemingly unrelated symptoms that can be confusing, irritating, and even frightening. At the Plateroti Center in Templeton, California, Carmelo Plateroti, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, offers innovative and safer bio-identical hormone replacement therapy options to alleviate common symptoms associated with menopause, such as night sweats, hot flashes, and mood disorders. There’s no reason to suffer. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Plateroti today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.
Menopause Q & A
What is menopause?
Menopause is the transition to the end of your menstrual cycles. Women reach menopause after they’ve stopped having a period for 12 consecutive months. However, it can take several years for you to achieve true menopause, and during this time, known as perimenopause, you can experience a wide range of symptoms.
The average woman reaches menopause in her mid-50s, but women in their 30s can begin experiencing menopause-related symptoms that last for years before reaching true menopause.
These symptoms are the result of fluctuations of the reproductive hormones. As you age, your body slows down its production of hormones, like estrogen. Rather than a slow, steady decline, your hormone levels can fluctuate wildly, causing symptoms severe enough to interfere with your life.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Menopause affects every woman differently. Some can reach menopause without a single disruptive symptom, while others can suffer symptoms that impact their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause include:
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Disinterest in sex
- Slowed Memory
You may also lose bone density due to the decrease in estrogen, which can increase your risk for bone fractures and breaks.
How is menopause diagnosed?
Through a simple blood test, Dr. Plateroti can evaluate your hormone levels to determine if your symptoms relate to menopause. He may request other testing to rule out underlying medical issues that may be causing your symptoms.
To alleviate the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Plateroti can recommend bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
How do bioidentical hormones treat menopause?
Bio-identical hormones are a safer alternative to traditional synthetic hormone therapy. They are created from plant sources and are identical to the hormones naturally found in your body.
By providing you with a steady stream of hormones, this type of therapy can stop the wild fluctuations of hormone levels. Rebalancing your hormones can alleviate the worst of your symptoms, but won’t stop menopause.
Dr. Plateroti creates individualized treatment plans to address your specific needs. After a careful review of your medical history, he can recommend hormone dosages to relieve your symptoms. Throughout your therapy, Dr. Plateroti may change the dose of hormones you receive to ensure you achieve your treatment goals.
Find out if bio-identical hormone therapy is right for your menopausal symptoms by calling the Plateroti Center today or booking an appointment online.