Aging is a very natural part of life. It’s something everyone will experience, some quicker than others, unfortunately. Emotional and physical changes occur throughout your lifetime and continue until you pass away. Of course, no one wants to get older, and as soon as that first wrinkle appears, it makes you self-conscious, especially if you’re only in your early thirties. Aging can be both exciting and emotional, not to mention challenging. Some breeze through the aging process with barely a noticeable difference in their appearance, while others aren’t as fortunate.
Sometimes, it’s down to lifestyle choices and genes that determine how progressive the aging process can be for you. So, how can you spot the subtle aging symptoms, and how can BHRT provide anti-aging benefits? Learn more by reading on!
Typical Aging Changes In Women
As said, everyone experiences changes in their life. Some will notice more minor changes in their 20’s, others in their 30’s; then, others will experience hormonal changes far later. It truly depends on the individual and their bodies. Millions experience subtle aging changes in their 20’s; it’s not that uncommon as you’d think. Millions in their late fifties still retain their youthful appearance. It all comes down to how advanced the aging process is for you.
Common symptoms of aging include:
- A stooped posture
- Greying hair
- Diminishing loss of hearing
- A decrease in bone strength
- A greater risk of osteoporosis
- More fragile bones
- Limited or slower movements
- Trouble with bowel movements
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Muscular changes
- Dullness of the skin
- Dry skin
- Age spots
- Decreased libido and energy
There are a variety of symptoms that could signal the aging process. However, the above are the most common or typical changes you’re likely to see. Subtle changes are often seen in earlier stages of life, and when people hit middle age (or around fifty), they can experience a progression. The aging process can become more noticeable, such as fine lines, wrinkles, greying hair, and of course, hormonal changes. These are typical symptoms for women of a certain age and can often be uncomfortable.
It’s important to note that Alzheimer’s and Dementia are not a typical part of the aging process, even though it’s often associated with age. These are not common age-related illnesses as anyone can be diagnosed with them. While most people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia tend to be ‘seniors,’ it isn’t because of their age. Remember, there are people with early-onset dementia in their thirties, so it isn’t exactly an age-related disease, although it’s often associated with age.
Unfortunately, hormonal changes can be influenced by the aging process. That could result in hair loss, hair recession, a loss of skin elasticity, lower cellular interactions, a lower libido, fertility, and menstrual cycle issues, to name a few. Of course, these issues can also come down to weight problems and lifestyle choices; however, age does cause further issues to hormones and hormonal changes. Women often look to BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) for assistance.
Reversing the Aging Process
Millions consider preventative and reversal of aging measures; the unfortunate reality is that you cannot reverse the aging process. You can’t change your genetics; however, it is possible to slow or reduce aging through your lifestyle. If you were to make small changes to your everyday routines, it could delay the symptoms of aging. Those include:
- Quitting smoking
- Reduce fatty, salty, and high sugar-based foods
- Having regular health screenings
- Being immunized against diseases
- Staying active – both physically and mentally
- Having a healthy, balanced diet
While you can’t stop aging entirely, it is possible to reduce the symptoms or the risks associated with aging.
What Is BHRT?
Hormones are often influenced by age; however, the aging process can take its toll on your hormone levels. Hormonal changes especially impact women, and if they do not produce enough estrogen, their bodies can go through different changes, including:
- Irregular periods
- Menstrual cycles stop completely
- Hot flashes
Unfortunately, as a woman ages, they go through menopause, which leaves their bodies unable to produce as much estrogen as they did when they were younger. This, potentially, plays havoc with a woman’s body. BHRT is a treatment that contains estrogen and is often prescribed by doctors. It’s used to treat and deal with some of the more uncomfortable effects of menopause and the overall aging process.
Who Can Use and Benefit From BHRT?
Millions of women around the world widely use BHRT. It comes in gel and pill form, as well as many other forms. However, this mightn’t be suitable for everyone, that is why it’s necessary to consult with your doctor. They’ll be able to discuss your hormonal changes and find an effective treatment method. So, who can use and benefit from BHRT?
Women With Vaginal Symptoms
Women who go through menopause can often experience discomfort or pain during intercourse. That could put the brakes on any physical relationship and cause tension among a couple. However, BHRT can ease these symptoms.
Those With Severe Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are an uncomfortable part of menopause; however, they range from mild to moderate and severe. Moderate and severe hot flashes can be extremely uncomfortable and last a few minutes to a few hours. Night sweats are also common with menopause, but hormone replacement therapy could help combat the problem and offer some light relief.
Those With an Estrogen Deficiency
There are many reasons why a woman might have an estrogen deficiency. Unfortunately, that can spell issues over a loss of libido, hair recession, and hot flashes. Hormone replacement therapy might alleviate some of those issues.
Early On-Set Menopause
It’s possible to experience menopause at a very early age. This could be the result of your reproductive system or from a general lack of estrogen. BHRT could be used for women who experience menopause from an earlier age.
Hormone replacement therapy is widely used because it has known to be very effective. BHRT can ease some of the more uncomfortable effects of menopause. Of course, it isn’t a long-term solution, and once menopause has passed, most women do not need further treatment of BHRT.
The Rewards and Risks of BHRT
As with all medications and treatments, there are some risks associated with BHRT. For instance, there is a greater risk of blood clots, heart disease, breast cancer, and heart disease. However, risks depend on several factors, such as the woman’s age, how long they use BHRT when they start the treatment, and the type of BHRT method used. It may also depend on a person’s health history and the dose of the BHRT. Of course, your doctor will explain the risks and find a suitable treatment solution.
There are ways to reduce those risks, including follow-up appointments and healthy lifestyle choices. In terms of rewards, BHRT may ease some of the effects of menopause/post-menopause. Some women find this helps them greatly and can often be a more helpful treatment solution than others.
Tackle the Aging Process Head On
Many simple lifestyle choices will impact how quickly the aging process is for you. Genetics also have a part to play, along with many other factors. The truth is that you cannot avoid growing older or aging. However, you can do your part to reduce or slow down the signs and symptoms of aging, including leading a healthier lifestyle. BHRT, too, can play its part when it comes to dealing with aging symptoms.
Testing Your Estrogen Levels and Starting BHRT
Before starting bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it is highly recommended that you consult with a physician. Learning about the benefits and possible side effects will allow you to make an informed decision regarding the state of your health. Your physician may also recommend a hormone blood test to check your current estrogen levels. This test includes the panels needed for your physician to create an effective treatment plan made just for your body.
Before starting an estrogen treatment, EVOLVE patients typically begin with a Female Hormone Panel. This blood test provides the physician with accurate hormone levels to help create the most effective treatment plan for you.
If you’re at all concerned with your estrogen levels, contact your doctor or a qualified telemedicine provider like EVOLVE. Our team of hormone therapy experts will help you get started with a safe, effective, and affordable anti-aging treatment plan. Contact Patient Care @EVOLVE to schedule your consultation!