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Menopause: getting back in balance

Patricia McMahon says the terrible side effects she suffered from menopause were alleviated following bio-identical hormone replacement therapy at Virtua.

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Patricia McMahon, a 55-year-old mother of four, could no longer suffer the side effects of menopause.

“After 11 months of battling fatigue, night sweats and hot flashes, I was worn out,” says McMahon. After researching her options, she chose Exuberan, Virtua’s bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) replenishes testosterone and estrogen levels in proportion to a patient’s own body chemistry. Since menopause affects every woman differently, this ability to tailor treatment is a real breakthrough.

Benefits include better sleep, more focus, increased sex drive, improved results from exercise, and a better outlook on life and longevity.

Unlike traditional hormone replacement, bioidentical hormones are derived from plants that have a molecular structure similar to that of humans.

Treatments are individually formulated based on the patient’s lab results, physical exam, gender, age and weight. The customized dosage is delivered through tiny pellets inserted beneath the skin that provide a continuous stream of low-dose hormones.

This unique delivery method allows the body to regulate the release of hormones in response to physical and emotional needs – without the peaks and troughs often caused by pills, creams or conventional HRT.

“My symptoms were making everyday activities unbearable,” says McMahon. “But now I feel great. I have more energy. I’m sleeping through the night and best of all – no more drenching hot flashes.”

Exuberan by Virtua is available in Voorhees and in Washington Township. For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3.