Menopause

Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD -  - Integrative Medicine Physician

Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness

Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD

Integrative Medicine Physician & Preventative Medicine Specialist located in Thousand Oaks, CA

Menopause signals the end of your reproductive years. While it’s a natural biological process that every woman goes through in her 40s or 50s, many of the symptoms can be unpleasant. Serving women in Thousand Oaks, California, and the surrounding communities, Allen Lawrence, MD, MA, PhD, provides relief from menopausal symptoms at Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness. From mood swings to hot flashes, menopause can make life difficult. Luckily, Dr. Lawrence can help with bioidentical hormone therapy and integrative wellness. To learn more, book an appointment online or by phone today.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural biological process that all women go through, usually beginning between the ages of 40-60, that marks the end of their reproductive years. Once you enter menopause, you’re no longer able to have children. Menopause can last up to four years, and perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause, can last between four and 10 years.

Menopause is diagnosed after it’s been one year since you had a menstrual period. As you enter your 40s and 50s, your body begins producing fewer female hormones, which triggers the beginning of menopause.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

Estrogen and progesterone are female hormones that regulate ovulation and menstruation. As you grow older, your body produces fewer hormones. Hormonal imbalance can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms characteristic of menopause.

Menopausal symptoms can begin developing when you enter perimenopause, and you can experience them even after menopause is over. In perimenopause, you might notice that your menstrual periods are irregular.

Common symptoms of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain

The severity of menopausal symptoms is different for every woman, but these side effects have the power to significantly impact your quality of life. If menopause is interfering with your life, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence.

How can bioidentical hormone therapy ease menopause symptoms?

Hormonal changes are the cause of menopausal symptoms, and bioidentical hormone therapy can help. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment option that replaces the hormones your body has stopped producing to return balance to your body and mind.

HRT treats the hormonal deficiency by replacing female hormones your body is missing with chemically identical hormones. It can help relieve unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Lawrence can make the best recommendation for the type of hormone therapy that will bring you the most benefits.

For relief from the serious side effects of menopause, consider bioidentical hormone therapy at Conejo Valley Advanced Wellness. Dr. Lawrence takes the time to understand your symptoms and works with you to find the best treatment option. Book your appointment online or by phone today.