Thoughts on Better Aging

Why Women Need Individualized Menopause Treatment Options

August 28th, 2014

Mixed impact of caffeine on menopause symptoms shows futility of one-size-fits-all treatments and recommendations.

Despite the fact that it happens to every woman as she ages, menopause is actually a highly individual experience. No two women will experience it the same way, and no two women should be expected to follow the exact same treatment plan. At Renew Woman™, we always focus on providing options so that each woman can choose the treatment plan that is right for her symptoms and her body.

One recent news item highlights the importance of this individualized approach to menopause treatments. The journal Menopause recently published findings that indicate higher caffeine intake is associated with more severe hot flashes and night sweats during menopause. The research was based on data from over 2,500 women who presented with menopause-related complaints at the Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinic.

After the findings were published, the media turned them into a sound bite that doesn’t tell the whole story. Just reading the headlines, one might think that all women should expect to give up or cut way back on caffeine when they hit menopause. However, this is not entirely true.

The researchers in the original study admitted that most research on caffeine and menopause has been contradictory, with some scientists actually linking caffeine to reduced hot flashes. Furthermore, caffeine can help relieve some menopause symptoms, such as mood, memory, and concentration problems.

In this light, it seems clear that the decision of whether or not to consume caffeine (and how much to consume) must be made on a case by case basis by each individual woman, based on her unique symptoms and priorities.

At Renew Woman™, we assist women in making their own treatment decisions by providing them with reliable scientific information as well as safe and effective treatment options. For some women, there may be no need to give up coffee to reduce hot flashes or to drink more coffee to improve mood if other treatments such as hormone replacement therapy are effective in controlling menopause symptoms.

Our commitment to individualized menopause treatment is clear in our protocol for hormone replacement therapy. Rather than giving women a one-size-fits-all cocktail of all vital hormones, we perform detailed lab testing on each individual to determine where their levels of each vital hormone stand. Then, we can prescribe personalized hormone replacement therapy to achieve a healthy balance. We never prescribe unnecessary hormones and we don’t give too much or too little of any hormone either, instead we provide the exact right prescription needed to bring each woman’s unique body chemistry into balance.

However, our treatment isn’t just about crunching the numbers on your hormone levels. We also take your individual symptoms into account, and the treatment can be adjusted at any time based on how you feel.

If you want a treatment that is as unique as you are, please contact us today.

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