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Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women include -

Decreased Hot Flashes - The hypothalamus is the body's internal thermometer. Hormonal deficiencies can cause signals going to the hypothalamus to get crossed, and this can result in hot flashes and night sweats.

Increased Vaginal Lubrication - Vaginal tissue needs estrogen to be healthy.  Low estrogen levels can cause vaginal dryness.  By supplementing the deficient hormones, vaginal dryness can be relieved.

Increased Skin Elasticity - Collagen is responsible for skin youth and elasticity. When the collagen bonds break apart, skin can appear dry or wrinkled. Vitamin C and estrogen influence the formation of collagen and help keep skin youthful.

THERE ARE NEW GUIDELINES FOR PAP SMEARS if you never had an abnormal pap or HPV detected on a pap and are in a monogamous relationship you only need a screening every 3 years. An annual gynecological exam however is more than just a pap test. It also evaluates your ovaries, to make sure there are no cysts and the uterus that it's normal in size.

THE NEED TO START FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENTATION one month before conceiving to avoid neural tube defect in the baby. The recommended dose is 400 micrograms.

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF CONCEIVING you only need to stop hormonal contraception 1 month before planning to start. Sometimes it takes a few months to regain regular menstrual cycles. It is called post pill amenorrhea and it is nothing to worry about unless there was a history of menstrual irregularity before.

THE AVERAGE AGE OF MENOPAUSE or cessation of menses is 51 years of age. However it is the 3-5 years before menopause a period referred to a perimenopause that cause all the unwelcomed symptoms of hot flushes, menstrual irregularities, insomnia and mood instability.  The newest recommended non hormonal treatment for hot flushes are the SSRI group of medications.  An alternative medical approaches that has been shown to have benefit is acupuncture.

Vitamin D deficiency- Vitamin D deficiency can be associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, memory problems, depression, and fatigue. Having your Vitamin D levels checked and corrected is essential for wellbeing