Menopause happens to all women, an unavoidable fact of being female. What it means specifically, is that our ovaries can no longer release eggs, and we are now functionally sterile. Well, most of us females can live with that.
We don’t wish to have babies forever. But sadly, the end of fertility also marks another turning point in our lives – the beginning of the gradual deterioration of our bodies. One can try to put a candy-coated spin on menopause, and many have done so, but I prefer to call a spade a spade. Menopause and the loss of ovarian production of estrogen (and progesterone) signal the beginning of system-wide decline and dysfunction. You see, estrogen is involved in so much more than reproduction. It essentially manages everything in the body, including brain function, with the maintenance of both cognition and mood. Progesterone and testosterone play key roles throughout the body, as well.
The reason you should see me as your physician, now that you are in, or approaching, menopause, is that I truly understand the meaning of menopause in all of its many dimensions. I can help you if you wish to maintain the figure of a young, healthy woman. I can also help if you want to be mobile, strong, smart, pain-free, active, funny, rested, and sexy. Yes, I did say sexy. Hormones are a critical part of feeling sexual, being sexual, and being sexually vibrant. But sex aside, virtually every body system requires estrogen for proper function – heart, intestines, bones, muscles, arteries, joints, skin, eyes, ears, gums, brains, bladders, blood cells, and more.
As you get older, you will experience vaginal dryness and atrophy – at least the statistics say you’ve an 80% chance of this happening. This is simply one of the visible manifestations of the processes occurring throughout your entire body! Sadly, menopause is about drying up and shriveling! Eyes dry up, bladders dry up, arteries dry up, brains dry up, bones dry up, and so forth. While I may be taking a bit of artistic license here, the reality is that without the right amounts and rhythmic timing of hormones, the very unpleasant process of rapid aging of all body parts accelerates.
I understand hormones, and lecture around the world on that topic, teaching other doctors. I believe in hormones and use them myself! They are what differentiate us from men and children…they are the essence of the communication system in the female body, controlling all that happens. Without adequate hormones, dosed as a healthy female body requires, the very functions of our organ systems degrade. Hormones – administered correctly – are our friends; not our enemies!
If you want an expert in hormones and the organs they impact – if you want to get the best shot at keeping your youthful mojo – then I am the right doctor for you!