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Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s aging process that occurs when her ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, leading to the end of her reproductive years. It is a normal, physiological process that all women go through, typically in their late 40s or early 50s.
During menopause, women may experience a range of physical and emotional symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, mood changes and decreased libido. These symptoms can be disruptive to a woman’s daily life but there are treatment options available to help manage them.
What You Need to Know
Hormonal therapy is one option for managing menopausal symptoms. It involves taking estrogen and/or progesterone to replace the hormones that are no longer being produced by the ovaries. Hormonal therapy can be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms, but it is not suitable for all women and can have potential risks and side effects.
Non-hormonal treatments such as low-dose antidepressants and gabapentin can also be helpful in managing menopausal symptoms. Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, stress management techniques and healthy eating can also help alleviate menopausal symptoms.
It is important for women to discuss their menopausal symptoms and treatment options with a NAMS-certified menopause specialist like Dr Corona at BioConnect Medical. Together, you can come up with a plan that is right for you individual and specific needs.
Cost of the consult
Consultation with Dr. Roberta Corona, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist as well as the first Board-Certified Menopause Practitioner in Barbados. This consultation cost includes your first follow-up appointment free of charge. At BioConnect we will evaluate your symptoms and your lifestyle and develop a treatment strategy specifically for you. Your health is your wealth so whether this is your annual check-up or you need further assistance, we will provide you with the best care available.
At BioConnect we know that your time is your most valuable asset. With that in mind, you can expect to have the following services done in the clinic without having to go from place to place.
Consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable Physician supported by a caring medical team.
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At Bioconnect We Offer Various Treatments to Cover Every Facet Of Menopause
- Hormone Optimization Treatment
- Non-hormonal Optimization Treatment
- Pellecome Bio-Identical Hormone Optimization Pellet
- Nutritional Programmes
In recent years, one of the most important shifts in menopause research and treatment is the recognition that body-identical hormone treatments have proven to be much safer than synthetic hormone treatments.
Remain fully clothed and allow the Emsella to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles with over 400 Kegel contractions per minute. BioConnect Medical will help you reach over 11,000 Kegels in 30 minutes.
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It’s only natural that we start to think about the fragility of our bones with age. BioConnect is the only medical centre in Barbados that can scan your bone density for tell-tale signs of osteoporosis.
The goal isn’t to check when you’re old. The goal is to check today and compare it to your results in the future. What we look at is the rate of change of your bone density and fragility. Why wait? Get your first index scan today.
BioConnect will give you the space to be heard. You don’t need to spend another day in the grips of anxiety and you certainly shouldn’t think you have reached the end of the road.
BioConnect offers treatments that will rejuvenate the vaginal walls, address bio-identical hormone imbalances and strengthen orgasms.
Get permanent fat reduction by targeting the abdomen, muffin-tops, upper back, and thighs. BioConnect will help you lose up to 2-4 inches from your waistline.
This treatment works best for diet and sport-resistant fat deposits. You don’t need to carry around that burden any longer. It’s pain-free and non-invasive. Patients describe it like a heat pad and there is no discomfort or downtime.
- Endometrial Ablation
- Hysteroscopy – Diagnostic + Biopsy
- Hysteroscopy – Operative
- Mona Lisa Co2 Fractional Laser for Vulvovaginal Atrophy and Genito-Urinary Syndrome
- Pessary fitting
There is only one hair-loss treatment that is proven to be effective in treating hair-loss. It targets 21 known causes of hair loss including stem cell activation and BioConnect couples this treatment with PRP injections – we spin your blood in a centrifuge and reinject the clear part of the solution into your skin. Watch your scalp come back to life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The most common question we get asked is, “ will I get breast cancer if I take HRT?”
As this is a conversation that needs a wider view, click here for the risks of HRT as detailed by the North American Menopause Society. ( NAMS)
Typical timelines for improvement are several weeks to feel the initial benefits of HRT and up to three months before the effects are fully realised. Keeping in regular contact with your specialist will help to assess and react to changes.
The main difference between traditional HRT and BHRT are the substances used to create them. BHRT are man made hormones derived from plant sources that are chemically similar to our own naturally produced hormones, whereas HRT is synthetically derived. It is thought that bioidentical hormones can attach to the hormone receptors in the body like our own hormones, and thus the body can metabolize the hormones in a more efficient manner.
Bioidentical or body-identical hormones are estradiol and progesterone derived from the yam plant and are molecularly identical to human hormones. Most (not all) modern menopause hormone therapy is bioidentical.
The difference between “bioidentical” and “body-identical” is that body-identical is the preferred conventional term and bioidentical the term traditionally applied to customised hormone formulas. Most of the ingredients in compounded bioidentical products such as oestradiol, progesterone and testosterone, are the same as in body identical HRT. This means that the pharmacy is able to prepare custom doses and application methods to address the individual needs of a patient. Body identical hormones are produced by large pharmaceutical companies in regulated, set doses and application methods.
Estrogen supports brain function and can have a positive effect on the brain. By stimulating the neurons it supports new cell growth and helps existing cells to form new connections. This is why in menopause we see the notable symptoms of brain fog, anxiety and depression and even memory loss.
Research has shown that persons who take HRT have a 58% chance to lower Alzehemiers with the greatest benefits seen in women who have taken HRT for six years or more with over 70% reduction in this condition.
There are some persons who due to family history may have a predisposition to dementia and it is of paramount importance to discuss this with your specialist physician,
We never get a break from our hormones. When estrogen declines, the impact on our mental health can be seen in the form of mood swings, low self esteem, low energy, anxiety, getting angry or irritable at situations that would not have caused you to feel this way before.
When testosterone declines we can see a shift in our sex drive and energy. The key to remember is that when our hormones change, there can be a psychological impact which can shift us off what we knew as our normal base.
By introducing a balance of estrogen and testosterone into our bodies we can see an improvement in our libido, mood, energy and concentration. Hormone optimisation treatment can help tremendously but so can changes in lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and management of stress levels.
At BioConnect we work with experts in these fields to get you back on track and back to your best self.
Menopause is the exact date 12 months after a woman has experienced her last period. Therefore if you are privileged enough to live past this anniversary, then yes you would have experienced menopause.
Prior to this date women enter a transition phase associated with hormone level fluctuation, this is called perimenopause, the length of it varies between individuals and in some cases can last up to 10 years. Everything after this is postmenopause.
Each person will have a unique experience through this time of life. For some women they will be able to manage their symptoms with lifestyle changes but for others , they need more intervention.
Wherever you are on your journey the experts at BioConnect will meet you where you are at and create a unique roadmap to improve your quality of life. We no longer have to martyr through this stage, we can thrive!
The sooner the better.
Unfortunately many Physicians are not trained fully in menopause and the most current medical guidance as it relates to this stage in life.
It is important to seek a specialist who has the scope of knowledge to not only guide you on why you are going through what you are experiencing, but to also give you the most up to date information and options available to help improve your life. Timing is important.
Starting your treatment as soon as possible will decrease both your risk of long term effects as well as risks associated with the therapy itself.
It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to Menopause! This can be the best stage of a woman’s life. Occurring at a time when we have wisdom of experience and we can better manage through the bounces of life.
One of the most celebrated factors is the benefit of no menstruation , heavy periods, cramping or PMS and longer the need to have menstrual products. Yes there are changes that we will experience, but as we step into the second half of our life we can do it with confidence and celebration!