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As we get older,  a lot of things start changing with our bodies – some more problematic than others. We may get more wrinkles and get a little softer with age, both of which are normal parts of aging. But we may also start losing eyesight and other more embarrassing body functions.

If you have a vagina, you may have noticed that it, too, has changed over the years, and some of those changes may cause problems. You should be happy in your body, and that includes your vaginal health. Read on to learn about how to get the perfect vagina for you with an innovative new treatment.

Anatomy of the Vagina

Before we start talking about Femilift and its benefits, let’s do a basic tour of the anatomy of the vagina. If you have a vagina, you’re probably familiar with your outer and inner labia, the pair of “lips” at the opening to your vaginal canal. Then you have the clitoris, which starts in the folds of the labia and extends deep into the pelvic cavity.

In these same labia folds, you also have your urethra, which is where you pee from, and which is entirely separate from either the clitoris or the vagina. Your urethra leads up to your bladder, which sits just in front of your uterus.

Inside the vagina, you have what is colloquially known as the G-spot, and at the top of the vagina is the cervix. It is the opening leading into your uterus, which connects to your fallopian tubes and your ovaries. The muscles that run in and through all of these parts are what we call your pelvic floor.

How Does the Vagina Changes Over Time?

Like anything else on our body, from our eyes to our metabolism, over time and with age, our vaginas change. This is especially true if you have children, an experience which will leave some pretty obvious changes in your body. But this can also start with the wearing away of the hymen that may occur when you begin having sex (note: the hymen should never tear as a part of normal sex).

If you have a child, you will probably notice some more laxity in your vagina, especially within a few months of childbirth. As you age, you may also notice that your vagina is dryer, which can lead to painful sex and infections. Other problems that may arise is maintaining bladder control when you sneeze or laugh.

What Does Pelvic Floor Health Effect?

Like most of our muscles, as we get older, our pelvic floors tend to get a little weaker. We have to work harder to keep those muscles strong, and there are some exercises you can do to that end. However, if no action is taken the muscles in your pelvic floor will weaken as you get older, and that can start to affect a few things.

We mentioned that you might start having a problem where you pee a little when you laugh or sneeze, due in part to the weakening of those pelvic floor muscles. You may also start to have issues with uterine prolapse and vaginal dryness as those muscles deteriorate.

What Is Femilift?

Femilift is a quick, painless procedure that can help restore your pelvic floor health in just half an hour. The process uses Pixel CO2 lasers to restore the collagen fibers in the vagina. You have probably heard about collagen in various other skin care treatments, including facelifts.

Femilift lasers deliver pulses of thermal energy to the mucus membranes in the vaginal wall. At the right duration and temperatures, this energy stimulates collagen and elastin production in the vagina, which creates a stronger, thicker vaginal wall that can resolve some pelvic floor health issues.

Improved Bladder Control

You may be wondering how having vagina tightening can help improve your bladder control. As we mentioned, all of the muscles in your pelvic floor are connected, including the ones that control your bladder. When those muscles are weak, you may have a hard time keeping them from giving way during abdominal muscle stress (from laughing or similar) and causing you to leak a little.

The Femilift treatment helps strengthen the ligaments that run through your pelvic floor. These make your pelvic floor muscles stronger, which can help you maintain better control over your bladder. You do not have to live with embarrassing and uncomfortable leakage anymore.

Better Vaginal Lubrication

Many people also find that over time, their vagina doesn’t produce as much lubrication as it used to. Which can cause a variety of problems, not the least of which is recurrent infections due to dryness and rubbing. You might also experience pain during penetrative sex because of the same issues.

A big part of the reason you lose vaginal lubrication over time is that your vaginal walls have thinned. Thicker vaginal walls can produce more lubrication, and Femilift helps restore that. If you’re uncomfortable or struggling with infection after infection, this treatment can help.

Get the Perfect Vagina for You

The perfect vagina is the one that you’re happy with, you should be comfortable in your skin, and it’s hard to do that if you’re worried about incontinence or fighting infections all the time. Femilift can give you the pelvic floor health you want in under half an hour with no pain.

If you would like to learn about more restorative medicine solutions, visit the rest of our site or contact us today. We can help answer any more questions about Femlift that you may have.

As many as one in four patients newly diagnosed with erectile dysfunction are under 40. Popular media typically shows this as being an older man’s problem, but erectile dysfunction in younger men is far more common than many people realize.

Why does erectile dysfunction in younger men happen, and how can you treat it? In this guide, we’ll take a look at what you need to know about ED in young men. Whether you struggle with ED, know someone who does, or is just curious, read on to learn more!

What is Erectile Dysfunction?
We all know what erectile dysfunction means in terms of symptoms. But what is the underlying cause of those unfortunate results?

Having trouble getting or maintaining an erection from time to time is normal. It’s only when it starts to happen chronically that it becomes a medical issue. ED happens because not enough blood can get to the penis to create and maintain an erection.

The erection requires the nerves, brain, hormones, circulatory system, and muscles to all sync up. The results may look simple, but the process is actually fairly complicated.

This complex process can make it hard to trace the cause of ED because there are multiple places where the process can break down. Let’s take a look at some of the causes of ED in young men.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction in Younger Men?
Here are a few of the ways the process of getting an erection can get interrupted along any step.

Nerves
First, the nerves can be the issue behind ED in younger men. Nerve damage can often cause sexual problems that wouldn’t otherwise be there.

Many doctors don’t focus on nerve damage when trying to assess the causes of ED. However, recent research suggests that they should pay closer attention to this as a possible cause of the problem.

Brain
The brain plays a big role in sex and sexuality, so it makes sense that it could also be an underlying cause of ED. In many young men, the reasons for erectile dysfunction are actually psychological, not physical.

For example, chronic mental health issues like depression or anxiety often cause ED. High-stress levels can also cause erectile dysfunction. For example, a young man with no prior sexual issues may suddenly find himself with ED after he starts a new, stressful job.

Relationship problems can also be a source of psychological erectile dysfunction. The man might feel nervous due to relationship factors, which makes it hard to keep an erection going. He might also feel anxiety or pressure over issues like performing well enough or getting a partner pregnant. All of these stressors can manifest as ED.

Hormones
Sometimes, hormonal issues are the root of erectile dysfunction in young men. Low testosterone and other hormonal disorders can play a role. Too much prolactin, or low or high levels of thyroid hormones, can also factor in.

Young men using steroids for athletic reasons often run into ED as an unpleasant side effect. Steroids interrupt the normal functioning of hormones, which can result in ED.

Circulatory System
The penis needs enough blood to get and sustain an erection. If blood flow isn’t working properly, the circulatory system may be to blame for erectile dysfunction.

For example, a young man with clogged arteries or high blood pressure may also have ED. That’s why obesity is often linked to erectile dysfunction, even in young men.

Diabetes can also affect the blood’s ability to get to the penis effectively. When blood glucose levels get too high, the blood vessels may become damaged, so they can no longer supply blood where it’s needed.

There’s a connection between heart disease and erectile dysfunction, but this may be good news for young men. If they can lose weight or lower their blood pressure, the ED may go away along with the other dangerous symptoms they experience.

Muscles
Finally, muscular problems such as physical injuries are a less common source of erectile dysfunction in young men. For example, if starting sexual intercourse causes muscular pain due to an injury site, keeping an erection might become impossible.

Treatment for ED in Young Men
With so many different possible causes, how can doctors treat ED in younger men?

Luckily, having lots of causes also means there are lots of treatment options. Here are a few of the ways to target the root of this issue.

Medication
Medication is a common treatment for ED. Many people are familiar with ED-specific medications, such as Cialis and Viagra. But other medications, like anti-depressants, can help depending on the situation.

Lifestyle Updates
Sometimes, tackling ED is as simple as making the right lifestyle changes.

Many young men find that reducing stress or working out relationship problems is enough to fix their erectile dysfunction. Losing weight and reducing or quitting substances can also make a big difference.

Exercise, dietary changes, and more might all help. It’s best to talk to a medical professional before you try to self-treat ED with lifestyle changes, though.

Surgery
In rare but extreme cases, surgery might be the best way to treat erectile dysfunction in younger men. During surgery, doctors will implant a prosthesis to the penis. There is a couple of different prosthesis option, but this option should only be used after other methods didn’t work.

Innovative Treatments
For men feeling at a loss for how to treat ED, and not wanting the side effects of medications or surgery, new innovative treatments may help.

Some of those treatments include natural remedies and new therapies such as Gainswave therapy. Gainswave therapy uses high-frequency sound waves, which promote penile cell growth and blood vessel growth to naturally combat ED.

Do You Need Professional Erectile Dysfunction Treatment?
Although your primary care provider can start directing you toward treatment, seeing an experienced professional is the best way to treat erectile dysfunction in younger men. These specialists can provide the answers you or someone close to you are desperately seeking.

ED in younger men can almost always be successfully treated. Ready to take control of ED? Contact us today to get started!

Did you know that 1 in 10 men suffer from erectile dysfunction worldwide? If you’re one of those men, then you know how much it can affect your life. Reduced sexual activity, lowered self-esteem, and other correlated health problems can significantly reduce your overall quality of life.

Thankfully, there are many treatment options out there. However, oral medications have risky side effects and won’t solve your problem: they’ll only work when you take them. There are also painful and invasive procedures you can undergo, but these can be painful and scary.

Gainswave therapy is different. This treatment will work to help solve the issues behind your erectile dysfunction instead of just masking the symptoms. Keep reading to learn more about this new ED treatment method.

1. Gainswave Is an All Natural Treatment
As men get older, the blood vessels, nerves, and tissue in the penis break down. All of these things contribute to erectile dysfunction, which explains why ED becomes more common with age.

Other treatment methods search to manipulate hormones and chemicals in the body to induce an erection despite the decline of nerves, blood vessels, and erectile tissue. Gainswave therapy works by targeting these issues at the source.

Gainswave therapy works by using high-frequency sound waves to stimulate your own stem cells and cell growth factors in the penis.

These will induce cell growth and regeneration that can effectively restore penile tissues. It will also clear away any blockages or microplaques that could be clogging the blood vessels in the penis.

Blood vessels, nerves, and tissue will be effectively rebuilt and restored to a healthy state. It also naturally induces new blood vessel growth for even more improved blood flow.

2. No Dangerous Side Effects
One of the biggest drawbacks to classic ED treatments is the risky side effects. ED pills can cause:

High blood pressure
Body aches
Dizziness
Headaches
Digestive issues
Vision loss
Hearing loss
Other treatment methods for ED include surgical procedures and injections. These can be painful and lead to infection, different cosmetic look of the penis, surgical complications, painful erections, and more.

Gainswave, on the other hand, has no side effects.

3. Pain-Free Treatment
Surgical options and injections almost always come with pain. Whether that’s pain from a needle injection or more intense pain from a surgical procedure, it’s safe to say you will be uncomfortable with those treatment options.

Gainswave is a pain-free procedure. The high-frequency sound waves used in this therapy are low intensity, which means that you won’t feel a thing. With sessions usually lasting around 20 minutes, you’ll be in and out with no pain and able to go right back to your normal activities with no downtime or painful recovery.

4. It’s a Non-Invasive and Outpatient Procedure
As we said earlier, this is performed as an outpatient procedure. There are no incisions, injections, or invasive measures of any kind. You’ll schedule a session, come in for about 20 minutes, and leave a happier man.

You may even be able to get a consistent and harder erection within 24 hours of your first session!

5. No Medications Required
ED medications are good at what they do. Taken shortly before you wish to have an erection, they will induce an erection with quite high success rates.

However, they’ll only work as long as you take them. They won’t work to solve underlying issues causing your erectile dysfunction, and they also come with a slew of side effects.

When you get surgery to treat ED, you’ll be required to take antibiotics to prevent infection and likely given pain medications to soothe post-op pain.

Gainswave therapy treatments require no medications of any kind. It will treat some of the source causes of your ED without the need for pills or medications.

6. Long Lasting and Permanent Results
ED medications, as we’ve mentioned a few times, only work as long as you continue to take them. They’ll likely induce an erection, but you have to remember to take them before you want to get an erection. This erases spontaneity: you’ll need to know ahead of time that you’re going to want to have sex.

It also requires consistently spending money on these pills and dealing with taking them on a regular basis.

Gainswave will give you long-lasting results. While you may need to have it done in many sessions over time, it will stimulate permanent strengthening and growth of the blood vessels in the penis. This leads to consistent harder and spontaneous erections.

7. Gainswave Is Backed With Scientific Proof
Numerous scientific clinical trials have been conducted showing positive results of Gainswave therapy for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. These studies showed that men had significant improvement in erectile and penile function with no recorded adverse side effects.

Gainswave is said to have a 76% success rate in men with ED, which is equivalent to other treatment methods with all of the added benefits we’ve already gone over.

Ready to Schedule a Consultation?
If you’ve been trying to treat your erectile dysfunction with no success, Gainswave could be your saving grace. This revolutionary new treatment method is pain-free, all-natural procedure that can change your life for the better.

Ready to schedule a consult to learn more? Contact us today to set up your first appointment. You can talk with an experienced professional to learn more about this therapy and how you can move forward with the treatment.

Need a bit more convincing? Check out some of our client reviews to see how happy they are with the process and their results!

You’re a woman. That means accepting changes in your body over the years. Your most significant changes have revolved around your reproductive system. From puberty to pregnancy, you have watched your figure change. You’ve experienced hormonal fluctuations. After delivering your children, the most noticeable changes revolved around your breasts and your vaginal area. As you get older and approach menopause, your vaginal tissues have continued to change. One of your biggest issues is with the skin at the opening of your vagina. It’s loose and drooping. It makes you uncomfortable and self-conscious. Vulva rejuvenation could help you.

Understanding Vulva Rejuvenation

The vulva consists of the outer portion of the vagina as opposed to the birth canal. Childbirth can cause the vulva to become stretched out in such a way that it is never restored to the small, tight opening you used to have. You may also notice a change in your vaginal tissues with menopause. When menopause sets in, your hormone levels drop. As they drop, it can cause your vaginal tissues to thin out, lose lubrication, and make them lose their elasticity. You may feel like everything is loose in this sensitive area. It can get in your way of experiencing pleasure in the bedroom. Vulva rejuvenation can correct the problem.

What Happens During Vulva Rejuvenation?

Our specialist will evaluate your case to determine the best approach to take for you. If you have an excessive amount of skin that is dangling from your vagina, it should be surgically removed. If you are simply dealing with a matter of needing to tighten the skin, other measures can be taken. Vulva regeneration can help you to forget what’s going on in your vagina.

Learn More About Vulva Rejuvenation

The only way to find out if vulva rejuvenation will help you is to ask. Make an appointment at RestoraVita Medical Group to get started. We have offices located in Newbury Park, CA and San Juan, PR. Contact us today to book your consultation for vulva rejuvenation!

You know women go through changes in life. As a man, you thought you would be immune to hormonal fluctuations. You were wrong. Your body is telling you so. You haven’t been sleeping well. You are exhausted. Your regular workout has been cut in half because you just don’t have the stamina to stick it out. Your strength isn’t what it was either. People have told you that you are extremely moody lately, even though you have no cause to be difficult. One of your greatest concerns is your sex life. You just haven’t had any interest. You don’t feel like yourself. Bioidentical hormone replacement for men could be the answer.

Why Consider Bioidentical Hormone Replacement?

Women aren’t the only ones who go through hormonal fluctuations as they approach middle-age. It’s a common problem for men as well. When you were younger, your testosterone levels were at their highest point. They made you feel like you were bursting with energy. You could take on tough workouts and physical labor. Your libido was strong. Over the years, your testosterone levels started to decline. It’s part of the aging process. Your reproductive system begins to slow down. Some men only experience a gradual decrease that doesn’t seem to bother them. However, it is a different story if you have a severe drop in hormones. That’s when your world can feel like someone turned it upside down. Bioidentical hormone replacement for men is designed to replace the testosterone that has decreased with hormones that match what is naturally produced in your body.

How Does Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?

Bioidentical hormone replacement for men gives your testosterone levels the boost that they need through carefully controlled doses that suit your needs. You’ll notice the difference after consistent treatment. You won’t feel on edge anymore. You will be interested in being intimate in the bedroom again. You will notice an improvement in your strength and energy levels as well. Hormone therapy can make you feel like you took back your life.

Talk to Our Team

Don’t let your hormone levels get the best of you anymore. Make an appointment at RestoraVita Medical Group in Newbury Park to discuss what has been going on in your life. If your hormones are significantly low, bioidentical hormone replacement for men could work for you. Contact us today to book your consultation and learn more!

Sexual function often plays a vital role in the health of romantic relationships. However, if erectile dysfunction occurs, your quality of life and the relationship between you and your partner may suffer. Luckily, if you or your loved one has been experiencing lowered sexual functionality, you can treat erectile dysfunction with GAINSWave®.

GAINSWave®, a proven treatment method for erectile dysfunction, works by stimulating penile blood flow through strategically positioned sound waves. By carefully targeting these high-frequency sound waves on specific areas of the penis, new blood vessels will begin to grow. Consequently, erections will become stronger and last noticeably longer than before. If you are considering GAINSWave® as part of your treatment plan for erectile dysfunction, there are various benefits to consider.

First of all, GAINSWave® is shown to improve penile blood flow by breaking up any blockages that may have accumulated over the years. By clearing these blockages, the treatment will help to improve the strength of your erections.

Body organs require special care to stay vigorous and purposeful over the course of a lifetime. The penis is a sexual organ, but it is still an organ nonetheless. It is for this reason that great care must be taken to ensure its long-term functionality and health. GAINSWave® will help to boost your penis’ ability to function at its most optimum levels, while also helping to keep it healthy and operating at its fullest capacity.

Difficulties in maintaining your erection may impede upon your romantic relationships in a negative way. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, your partner may have hurt feelings and both of you may misplace the blame. These types of issues often have an underlying medical basis. GAINSWave® will help to get to the root of the problem and help you to have longer-lasting erections.

GAINSWave® is clinically studied, meaning that scientific research was conducted before gaining FDA-approval for its use to fight erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction may feel like the end of the world, but it does not have to stay that way. If you are looking for an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, consider reaching out to us at Restoravita Medical Group to learn more information about GAINSWave®. Contact us today to book a consultation in Newbury Park, CA or San Juan, PR.

As a woman, you have to be your own advocate for your health. That means paying attention to what is going on with your body and asking for medical assistance when there is a problem. One of the most overlooked issues that most women endure is vaginal discomfort. It’s par for the course when it comes to enduring menopause for the majority. It is also typical for mothers, especially when they have gone through childbirth more than once. Vaginal discomfort may result due to a hysterectomy or when a woman has gone through chemotherapy. If it’s happening to you, think about vaginal rejuvenation.

Are You a Good Candidate for Vaginal Rejuvenation?

If you have been noticing changes in your vaginal tissues, be on guard. Common changes that women experience as they age include a loss of lubrication, irritation that is like a burning sensation, a feeling of intense pressure and discomfort like there is a urinary infection, and the sensation of loose tissues. If that sounds like what you are experiencing, you could benefit from vaginal rejuvenation.

What Happens During Vaginal Rejuvenation?

The most popular treatments for vaginal rejuvenation involve using laser energy, which is applied to your vaginal tissues with a special device. You can also opt for an injection of PRP in your vagina. PRP is platelet-rich plasma that is found in your blood. It helps to rejuvenate cells that have become damaged over time. Our team can help you to determine which procedure is best for you.

Once you have your vaginal rejuvenation treatment, your tissues will be repaired and revived. Collagen will step up production after heat has been applied to the tissues. You will promote healthy circulation to this delicate area. In the end, your lubrication should increase. As the area regains moisture, irritation should become a thing of the past. The tissue should tighten up and become more sensitive, making intimacy more pleasant.

Seek Professional Advice About Vaginal Rejuvenation

If you are serious about vaginal rejuvenation, get in touch with our experts at Restoravita Medical Group, with offices located in Newbury Park, CA and San Juan, PR. Contact us today to book a consultation and learn more information about FemiLift vaginal rejuvenation!

It does not matter if you are a man or a woman. When you hit your mid-30s, you will most likely feel like you are slowing down. It is a common problem that plagues people at a time in life when they expect to still be able to move full steam ahead. It begins with feelings of fatigue. Then you start to notice that your sex drive is not what it used to be. Before you know, you wake up and find that you are overweight too. It feels like you lost that special something you used to have back in your 20s. What you are experiencing may be a hormonal imbalance, and if you do nothing about it, then you will be stuck in this rut for a very long time. Thankfully, we offer BHRT in Newbury Park, CA.

Getting Back What You Once Had

Now that you have some idea of what the underlying problem is, you need to find a solution to regain control over your life again. No one should have to go through life feeling the effects of hormonal imbalance. Sure, cleaning up your diet and exercising more might help a bit, but what you really need is a healthy surge of hormones to help kick you into high gear.

This is where bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) comes into play. In fact, once our team in Newbury Park, CA realizes what your hormonal imbalance symptoms are pointing to, we will probably even recommend BHRT as a means to getting your body back on track. The idea is to provide your body with the identical hormones in a synthetic form that your body would naturally create on its own, but has stopped producing in sufficient quantities.

When you take BHRT for the first time for hormonal imbalance, you will likely start to notice your energy levels returning to a more normal state. You will actually feel like doing things again, and you will have the energy to be more active. You may even start to notice that your body is not holding on to unwanted pounds quite as intensely as it was before.

To learn more about hormonal imbalance, please contact us today at RestoraVita Medical Group in Newbury Park, CA and book a consultation to talk to one of our experienced professionals.

As a man, sexual performance is important to you. It’s a part of who you are and something you have always been proud of when you are with your partner. You want the experience to feel good for the both of you. You want to make sure that you deliver every time, but it’s becoming more and more difficult. As you seek ways to get the most out of your intimate moments, consider GAINSWave™ in Newbury Park to take yourself to peak performance levels.

GAINSWave™ is Enhancing Sexual Performance for Men of All Ages

Whether you are getting older and your performance in the bedroom isn’t what it used to be or you are young, virile, and want it to stay that way, GAINSWave™ offers you a non-invasive treatment that will stimulate circulation to your penis. When your blood flow improves to this most important of areas, you can experience the following:

Improved endurance and stamina
Erections that are more powerful
Shorter downtime after the event so you can get back in the game sooner

You know what you want when you are intimate with your partner. Your erection needs to show up for the duration, lasting long enough to give your partner pleasure while you are carried to ecstasy. You don’t want to strike out. GAINSWave™ can help you to hit a home run more than once.

Learn More About GAINSWave™

If you don’t want to have any type of invasive procedure to get the most out of sexual intimacy with your partner, GAINSWave™ could be the right option for you. To find out, make an appointment to meet with one of our experts at Restoravita Medical Group in Newbury Park. You will be evaluated to ensure there are no underlying health conditions that could have a negative impact on sexual performance. If you are given the green light, you can experience the difference that GAINSWave™ can make for you. Contact us today for a consultation!

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Did you know that estrogen, along with progesterone, work to serve many functions?

First, it helps the body to process calcium which is vital for strengthening the bone. It also assists in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, as well as keeping the vagina healthy.

With the onset of menopause though, the amount of both natural estrogen and progesterone the ovaries produce drops dramatically.

And this can lead to a number of symptoms including night sweats, hot flashes, painful intercourse, mood changes, vaginal dryness and sleep problems. Even more serious, it increases the risk of osteoporosis.

This is where natural hormone replacement therapy comes in to play.

What Is Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Simply put, it’s a treatment used to augment the body’s natural hormone levels. And many women are good candidates for this therapy.

And there are a number of options. Some women fare well with estrogen-alone therapy, particularly after a hysterectomy.

Others who experience menopause naturally may find a combination of estrogen and progesterone therapy more helpful.

There is also a relief to be found from vitamins, herbs, supplements, and activities done or taken in tandem with these therapies.

We’ll start by looking at different hormones used in these therapies.

Hormones from Natural Substances

Hormones derived from natural substances are powerful chemicals that affect many parts of the body. And natural progesterones and estrogens that mimic hormones that naturally occur in the body are referred to as bioidentical.

The following natural hormones are the ones most commonly recommended for women going through menopause:

1. Progesterone

Progesterone is crucial for menstruation and pregnancy. It’s produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands and serves to balance the effects of estrogen. When progesterone production drops off, the risk of heart disease is elevated.

Bioidentical progesterone comes in many forms. The most common are topical oral capsules, topical creams, and the sublingual tablet. The recommended form is sublingual.

Possible benefits of progesterone supplementation:

Reduces hot flashes and night sweats
Promotes bone building and protects against osteoporosis
Maintains lining of the uterus
Acts as a natural antidepressant
Helps keep blood sugar levels normal
Aids thyroid hormone action
Protects against fibrocystic breasts, breast cancer, and endometrial cancer
Normalizes blood clotting

Always be sure that your progesterone levels are measured by a physician to ensure that the levels are within therapeutic range.

2. Estriol

Along with estradiol and estrone, estriol is one of the three principal estrogens produced by the body. For a long time, it was ignored by the medical community as a viable hormone for hormone replace.

This is because of its weaker estrogenic activity.

But now the medical community has discovered that when this lower-potency bioidentical estrogen is administered topically, it can help to reduce symptoms of menopause without the added risks of cancer that come from higher doses of estrogen.

It may offer additional benefits in the areas of:

bone density
heart health
multiple sclerosis
postmenopausal urinary tract health

Interest in estriol increased as it was discovered that estriol was safer than horse-derived and synthetic hormones in relation to cardiovascular health and potentially cancer risk.

3. Estradiol

Estradiol is a stronger estrogen than estriol.

It can be helpful in reducing vaginal symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness, burning or itching.

Because of its strength, it is recommended that the product first be applied directly inside the vagina. If that is not effective, then it can be taken orally or topically, or injected.

4. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

DHEA is an over-the-counter hormone that regulates sex steroids, neurosteroids, and other bodily functions.

Proponents of DHEA claim it helps to prevent aging, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. But it also relieves vaginal dryness and could reduce the vaginal thinning that occurs after menopause.

Additionally, it could serve to maintain or even increase bone density.

It should be noted, however, that DHEA can cause acne and may increase facial and body hair.

5. Melatonin

Melatonin is another hormone that’s available over-the-counter but helps with menopause in a different way from the above hormones.

The main benefit of this hormone is that it regulates the wake-sleep cycle. And since menopause can cause fluctuations in sleep for some women, melatonin offers the possibility of improved sleep.

Additional Natural Choices

While some women opt for only natural hormone replacement therapy, there are those that find relief by adding some other options.

These might include:

1. Black cohosh

Black cohosh is derived from a plant in the buttercup family. It’s been used for centuries to relieve women of hot flashes during menopause. It’s available in capsules, tablets, or powder form that can be mixed with water.

This plant is also thought to behave similarly to serotonin in the brain. Its proponents claim that it can ease the feelings of depression that come with menopause and fluctuating hormones.

As with anything, what works for one woman may not be effective for another. But it’s definitely worth a try if you want to add it to your regimen.

2. Vitamin D

As women age, their ability to absorb vitamin D decreases – which heightens their risk of bone density loss. That’s why you can’t go wrong with getting more vitamin D.

It promotes healthy normal cell growth, bone renewal, and hormone balance – all of which are vital for menopausal women.

Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body in response to sun exposure. So getting into the sun is really the best way to “take” it.

The recommended daily dose is 600 international units (IU). To get this from the sun, step outside on a sunny day for a 15- to 20-minute walk. You’ll still want to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin though.

If you have sensitivity to the sun, or you live in a climate without much sun, you can take vitamin D in a capsule, sublingual pill or a liquid.

And be sure to add more foods to your diet that are high in vitamin D such as tuna, wild salmon, sardines, eggs and fortified dairy products.

3. St. John’s Wort

Also used to treat mild depression, St. John’s wort has long been used as a treatment for menopausal mood swings.

Derived from a wild flowering plant, St. John’s wort may also improve sleep, relaxation, as well as reduce depression and anxiety – all of which can occur during menopause.

It can be taken in pill or liquid form, or brewed into a tea.

Some people have noted increased sensitivity to sunlight while on St. John’s wort. And, of course, you should aways check with your doctor if you currently take other medications.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng is an herb which has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese, Koreans and Native Americans for its therapeutic benefits.

It’s considered an energizing herb that can also be used to treat menopausal symptoms of stress, fatigue, and anxiety.

Ginseng is available as a tea, powder, extract or even capsules.

5. Mindful breathing

An amazingly effective and simple supplement to your natural hormone replacement therapy comes in the form of mindful deep breathing.

Mindful deep breathing has a calming effect on the mind and can ease some menopausal symptoms like anxiety and hot flashes.

The next time you feel a hot flash coming on, inhale deeply through your nose to the count of four. Hold your breath for seven counts.

Then exhale completely through your mouth to a count of eight. Imagine the heat and stress exiting your body on this exhale.

Continue this cycle at least two more times.

6. Yoga

Many menopausal women claim that yoga relaxation and stretching techniques help to stabilize their mood and improve their overall well-being. There are even specific stretches to ease menopausal symptoms.

But if doing yoga on your own seems like too much at first, find a studio that offers a gentle yoga once or twice per week.

Then once you feel comfortable with practice, you can do your own thing at home when you get up in the morning, or before you go to sleep at night.

7. Acupuncture

Adding a weekly visit to an acupuncturist could help to ease your hot flashes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture is a generally low-risk procedure. Just be sure you visit only a licensed and reputable acupuncture clinic.

And your insurance might even pay for it, as many insurance plans now cover acupuncture. So check your coverage before you make an appointment.

How Long Does HRT Treatment Last?

There’s no definitive answer to that question.

While the average age of menopause onset is 51, there are no hard and fast rules about when a woman will reach it.

Furthermore, there’s no timeline for how long the symptoms will last. Typically speaking, the most severe symptoms often last for two to three years.

Many doctors agree that taking a low-dose treatment of whatever chosen hormone is the most effective way to get HRT’s benefits while limiting any possible increased health risks.

But even in the cases with the most severe symptoms, hormone replacement therapy isn’t intended to last any longer than four to five years. And in most cases, it won’t be that long.

Is HRT Right For You?

Are you struggling with the many symptoms that come with menopause?

Natural hormone replacement therapy – whether done alone or in tandem with other treatments – could be just what the doctor ordered.

If you think you’re a candidate for this therapy, contact us today. We’ll help you determine the next steps.