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Posted on March 3, 2016 10:23 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Prior to menopause, some women may be unfamiliar with the effect hot flashes can have on simple daily activities.  Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of intense heat in the upper body where a warm sensation is felt that can cause sweating and an accelerated heartbeat.  During perimenopause and menopause, hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms a woman will experience.
 
In the United States, 75% of women reportedly experience hot flashes while going through perimenopause.
These are frequently caused by the changing of hormone levels associated with menopause and often corrected with menopause treatment in Indianapolis.
 
What Steps Can You Take To Counteract?
 
Hormone replacement therapy is very effective but there are changes you can make to manage hot flashes so they are less troublesome.  In the beginning, document when you have a hot flash and include what you were doing at that time.  Also specify the clothes you were wearing and your location.  You may recognize a pattern where an adjustment can be made to stop triggering the hot flash to occur.
 
Occasionally, a woman will trigger a hot flash by consuming products with caffeine, eating spicy foods, and wearing tight clothing.  Instead, dress in layers with clothes that are more loosely fitting and try drinking ice water when you start to feel hot.  Simple techniques such as these can eliminate or lighten the intensity of a hot flash episode.
 
Boost Your Health
 
Today, there are a variety of diets to implement into your life so you live healthier.  The HCG diet is one way for women to lose 20-25 pounds in the first month where an injection of human chorionic gonadotropin is given.  On most diets, muscle mass is lost which is bad for your body and metabolism. The HCG diet is different as the HCG injection elevates hormone levels and creates an anabolic state that promotes muscle building.
 
The result is a more pure loss of fat without losing muscle.  This allows for a stronger metabolism and increases the chances for long-term weight loss.  For women, a healthier weight improves her chances of avoiding hot flashes and enjoying a more balanced lifestyle.
 
Posted on February 23, 2016 1:56 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Often, the importance of hormones in your life is forgotten about until a shortage happens and you start experiencing a few symptoms.  For women, menopause is that time where the body gradually produces less and less of the hormones, estrogen and progesterone.   
 
During this change, women begin to question what is happening and search for ways to feel better if their menopausal symptoms significantly disrupt their daily life.  A variety of options are available but an individualized approach should be implemented as each woman is unique and requires a treatment that specifically suits them.  Which menopause treatment in Indianapolis will suit you?
 
Balancing Your Hormones!
 
At each stage of menopause, the key is to monitor and maintain hormone levels to achieve a balance where symptoms are no longer an issue.  With lighter symptoms, you may require a mild form of treatment to feel like yourself as hormones could only need a minor adjustment.  Symptoms can vary depending on which phase of menopause you are going through.
 
More severe or frequent symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness could be an indication that your hormone levels are not balanced.  Ordinarily, menopausal hormone therapy is for women that are troubled by these symptoms on a regular basis.  
 
In hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormones are used to manage symptoms caused by menopause.  When hormone levels are balanced, women also benefit by reducing the chance of bone loss and developing osteoporosis in the future.  Bioidentical hormones are a natural hormone therapy where the hormones used are identical on a molecular level to the hormones in a woman’s body.
 
Bioidentical Hormones In Indianapolis
 
The benefits and risks of using bioidentical hormones should be discussed with Dr. Mac or Kristi before deciding whether this is a suitable treatment for you.  Through an individualized approach, each woman is monitored so that the lowest dose is used over the shortest possible duration to relieve and manage menopausal systems.
 
Posted on February 12, 2016 10:57 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
The transition of going through menopause can present many obstacles for women as they try to cope with the changes that are happening.  After menopause, feeling your best requires a disciplined effort on your part to remain at a healthy weight and follow what the doctor instructs you to do.  Dr. Mac and Kristi offer menopause treatment in Indianapolis that women can count on before, during, and after menopause.
 
What Works For You?
 
A healthy lifestyle can be a minor adjustment for some women depending on a few factors such as their lifestyle and level of discomfort.  For instance, if you already make healthy choices like not smoking and walk on a regular basis, then you will experience a smoother transition.  However, this could be difficult time if you have unhealthy eating habits and abstain from any physical activity.
 
Often, the key to staying healthy after menopause involves making changes that benefit your overall health.  Your diet should incorporate foods that are rich with vitamins and minerals as a well-balanced diet is highly influential in maintaining good health.  Ideally, try to choose foods low in fat, but high in fiber such as fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.  
 
As well, make sure you drink plenty of fluids, especially water.  Women over 50 should monitor their calorie intake and exercise accordingly to avoid gaining weight.  A low calorie intake would require a lower level of physical activity where as a high calorie intake would require a higher level.  
 
Change How You Feel
 
Beyond dieting and exercising, there may be certain supplements or medicines that your doctor prescribes for you.  These should be taken at the times noted until instructed not to and keep a record of when you experience symptoms such as hot flashes or night sweats.  Periodically, a pattern can be recognized and a change can be made to prevent this from happening or at least make it less frequent so you stay healthy after menopause.
Posted on February 8, 2016 3:28 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
Throughout life, there are changes your body will go through that mark the end of a cycle.  Menopause is a natural transition that marks the end of the reproductive cycle for women where menstruation stops and there is no longer a period.  Typically, this stage in life has three phases that are referred to as perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause.
 
A Closer Look at Menopause in Indianapolis
 
The average age a woman experiences their last menstrual period is 51 but some women go through it at an earlier age.  Surgery such as a hysterectomy or damage to the ovaries from chemotherapy can be the cause of menopause occurring sooner.
 
The first stage, perimenopause, is the time before menopause where female hormones estrogen and progesterone start to decline.  During this time, the ovaries gradually produce less estrogen and this phase can lasts several years up until the last menstrual period.  Estrogen levels in the last year or two of this stage can drop significantly.  Signs of menopause start to become evident for many women going through this phase.
 
The stage of menopause is when the ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and a woman has had no menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.  At this point, most of the estrogen that was made by the ovaries has come to a halt.  The last stage, postmenopause, will be the years after menopause and women can usually expect the signs of menopause to subside.
 
Signs and Symptoms of Menopause
 
Women experience menopause differently as estrogen levels influence the frequency and intensity of menopausal symptoms.  If there is a quick decline in estrogen, then a woman might notice the sudden impact of hot flashes, mood swings, irregular periods, and changes in libido.
 
Often, one of the first signs you are going through menopause is an inconsistency in your period.  Even though these changes are a natural part of menopause, a woman should make it a priority to promptly see a doctor.  Fortunately, many options are available for menopause treatment by Dr. Mac and Kristi in Indianapolis for women to get relief and live a less stressful life.
Posted on February 3, 2016 9:35 AM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
During menopause, many changes occur that usually motivate women to alleviate their symptoms and regain the balance in their life before this transition.  These symptoms affect women differently so the level of treatment needed to manage menopause can vary significantly depending on the woman.
 
Some women may experience severe symptoms of menopause and seek treatment in the form of hormones where others only experience mild symptoms.  Alternatively, women can choose to make lifestyle changes that relieve the discomfort associated with menopause and recover a more enjoyable way of life.
 
A Better Lifestyle For Women
 
Menopause treatment in Indianapolis enables women to overcome the difficulties associated with menopause, but lifestyle changes can be made to ease the symptoms.  Healthy lifestyle choices can make a difference as you go through menopause and reduce the frequency of these symptoms.  Do you have any habits that are unhealthy?
 
Real change starts by looking at your life and recognizing where you can implement some adjustments to feel better.  Obviously, avoid smoking and become physically active where you exercise a certain amount each week.  Maintaining an active lifestyle will help avoid any weight gains that may be linked to menopause.  Women that exercise regularly notice a positive effect towards elevating their mood and also acquire better sleep.
 
A Well-Balanced Approach
 
The menopause treatment you choose may have a lot to do with whether you are a good candidate for hormone therapy or worried about the risks associated with it.  Another change you can make is to eat the right foods and regulate the amount of caffeine or alcohol you take in as this tends influence energy levels.
 
Instead, maintain a healthy diet that is rich in calcium as lower estrogen levels can cause a deficiency of calcium in the body.  Women that manage menopause often feel better by making lifestyle changes such as routinely exercising, dieting, and getting adequate sleep each night.
 
Posted on January 26, 2016 1:07 PM by Dr. Mac
Categories: Menopause
The changes that happen as some women age into their late thirties and forties tend to make it very challenging to enjoy life to the fullest.  Often, the changes they experience are due to menopause or perimenopause and can last for years if left untreated.  Perimenopause occurs prior to menopause and is characterized as the time where the ovaries start to produce less estrogen.
 
Each woman is different so the age where they experience menopause varies depending on a few factors but possibly none more influential than the age their mother experienced menopause.  Other factors that contribute to the onset of menopause include smoking, chemotherapy, ovarian surgery, and ethnicity.
 
Do These Symptoms Sound Familiar?
 
The key is to inform women of the symptoms so they may be able to identify a change in patterns and seek treatment to avoid discomfort.  Frequently, the first symptom associated with the start of menopause is irregular intervals of bleeding.  As estrogen levels decrease, the female body will usually display a variety of symptoms as estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle and affects more than just the reproductive system.

The severity of symptoms associated with menopause greatly ranges from woman to woman.  Some women may experience more severe or longer-lasting symptoms while others could be lightly affected.  A few symptoms include hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, difficulty sleeping, and memory loss.  Are you experiencing these symptoms and eager for a change?
 
A Lifestyle Change That Benefits You
 
The frequency rate and degree of intensity that a woman goes through dealing with menopause can greatly influence their decision to seek treatment.  Many effective options in the form of medications and menopausal hormone therapy provide relief, but discuss the possible risks and benefits with a doctor ahead of time.  A consultation with Dr. Mac about menopause treatment in Indianapolis can reveal a treatment that is right for you!
 
Posted on January 18, 2016 10:20 AM by Dr. Mac
Bioidentical hormone pellets may be a topic that you are unfamiliar with or would like to know more about.  To clarify, bioidentical means that the hormones in the pellets are chemically identical to what you have in your body.  They are not synthetic and are derived from plants such as the Mexican wild yam.
 
For some people, the human body can have a deficiency in producing an adequate or optimum level of hormones which can lead to many undesirable changes.  Additionally, there are times when hormones are needed to handle what your body is experiencing so you stay alert and energized.
 
Do You Have A Hormone Deficiency?
 
Insufficient levels of hormones will usually carry a variety of signs or symptoms but everybody is different.  Some of the symptoms include feeling depressed, irritable, fatigued, hot flashes, frequent headaches, or lack of energy.  Man or woman, the symptoms may not signify you have a hormone deficiency but you should have your hormone levels checked.
 
Once hormone levels are restored, the challenges of daily life become less stressful as the body will not experience intense highs or lows as hormone delivery is regularly maintained.  As a result, a patient can expect to feel more alert, energetic, and well-rested since hormone levels greatly impact the human body.
 
Improve Your Quality Of Life
 
In the human body, hormones coordinate complex processes to ensure you function at your best.  Whether you are sleeping or exercising, hormones are working to keep you actively regulated so you enjoy the highest quality of life.  Increase your energy level and vitality for life with a treatment of bioidentical hormones in Indianapolis at our office.  
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