Menopause

Vibrant Wellness Clinic

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Enumclaw, WA

Obesity is a national health crisis with as many as 7 out of 10 adults in the US considered overweight or obese. Being overweight isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it causes a wide range of chronic, life-changing health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Emi K. Hosoda provides weight loss planning, functional medicine and holistic primary care in Enumclaw, WA. Dr. Hosoda serves Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Buckley, South King County, Seattle and Seattle’s East side, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Pierce County. Dr. Hosoda has a nation-wide following and has patients who travel far and wide to seek her care.

Menopause Q & A

What is menopause?

Menopause is the point at which women haven’t had their menstrual cycle in over 12 months and can no longer become pregnant.

What are the symptoms of menopause?

The average age for the start of menopause in the US is 51 years, but everyone is different, and yours may begin as early as your 40s or as late as your late 50s. If you’re going through menopause, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sleeping issues
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

Menopause is not a disease or medical disorder; it’s a natural biological process. However, after menopause, your body produces exceedingly low levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones, which can raise your chances of developing certain health conditions. Many women going through menopause also experience uncomfortable symptoms that lower the quality of their lives. 

Vibrant Wellness Clinic monitors your hormone levels and helps you avoid conditions brought on by lower estrogen levels. The clinic also provides innovative hormone replacement therapy to manage symptoms common during menopause.

How can menopause affect my health?

Lower levels of estrogen and progesterone due to menopause can increase your chances of developing certain health conditions. Examples of common issues caused by fluctuating hormones are:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lead poisoning
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Dry Mouth

Dr. Hosoda, provides specialized women’s health services to her patients going through menopause that regularly checks for these and other conditions linked to changing hormone levels.

What treatments do you offer to help my menopausal symptoms?

Not all patients need treatment for menopause, but if your symptoms are disrupting your daily life, Dr. Hosoda provides hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to relieve them. 

Vibrant Wellness Clinic uses bioidentical hormones for HRT. Bioidentical hormones are made by chemically extracting components of plants like yam and soy to synthesize estrogen and progesterone. These natural, plant-based hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women’s bodies normally produce. 

HRT works by replacing low levels of estrogen and progesterone with man-made versions of these hormones. Each hormone is custom-made for you and the treatment can relieve hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and other menopausal symptoms.

To learn more, call the office, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hosoda today.