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Reclaim Your Youth While Aging Gracefully – Managing Menopause

Written by Marjie Laciak. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on March 16, 2016 with No Comments

Life expectancy for women has nearly doubled over the last century and many women reach the average age of 83!  That means a woman can expect to live nearly half her life after menopause.  Menopause is a natural process as women age, and it is a time that can make her feel like she’s becoming a completely different person.  Many women find the side effects of menopause get in the way of living life the way they would like.  Those women look find ways to reclaim their youth while aging gracefully.  The first step is to get informed!

Menopause is a gradual process that may take up to 10 years to occur.  During “peri-menopause”, the years leading up to menopause, progesterone levels plummet while the estrogen levels more slowly decline.  This imbalance of progesterone vs. estrogen is common, and this is was causes the mood changes, hot flashes, irritability, memory loss, menstrual changes and more.  One way to start the conversation with the doctor is to keep a symptom journal which helps point to where the imbalance is and which symptoms are the most troubling.

The good thing is that there is a more precise option available to help a women understand where her hormone levels are, and there is treatment to help dismiss these uncomfortable symptoms.  Salivary testing is a great next step, for women wanting know their hormone levels and how much hormone is actually available to be used by the body.  This is more advantageous than a hormone blood test because the blood test will only show the total amount of hormone and not the tiny percentage that is actually active at any given time.  Fagen Pharmacy offers a 10-panel comprehensive hormone test that can evaluate a woman’s hormone function and balance.  Upon obtaining the results, our trained pharmacists recommend treatment options under the care of your regular healthcare practitioner.

Today, treatment options can be personalized to each individual woman whereas before every woman complaining of menopause symptoms got basically the same prescription with a few varying doses.  Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a way to supplement the exact hormones a woman is lacking.  The exact doses of hormones are compounded, often into a cream, for each woman individually.  After treatment is started, we still recommended trying to track those symptoms because we don’t simply treat numbers – we treat women to help give them better quality of life.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from peri-menopause or menopausal symptoms, a basic hormone salivary test may be a great step in the right direction.  For more information, please consider attending Fagen Pharmacy’s weekly “Is BHRT for Me?” info session every Monday at 12pm at our new Valparaiso pharmacy at 3400 N. Calumet.  RSVPs are required.  For more information call 219-462-4381 ext. 12026 or for reservations email, compounding@fagenpharmacy.com

 

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About Marjie Laciak

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Marjie Laciak, PharmD, BC-ADM serves as the Diabetes and Immunization Coordinator for Fagen Pharmacy and also specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and compounding. She has been a patient favorite at Fagen Pharmacy for over 10 years. She received her PharmD from Purdue University, and she achieved her board certification in Advanced Diabetes Management in 2013. For more information call 219-462-4381 ext. 12026 or email compounding@fagenpharmacy.com

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