Women's Health

Nexus HealthSpan -  - Preventative Medicine Specialist

Nexus HealthSpan

Preventative Medicine Specialists & Cardiovascular Disease Specialists located in Lake Forest, CA

Zachary Lott, MSN, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, and the team at Nexus HealthSpan in Lake Forest, California, offer women's health services with expertise in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The team treats women who are pre- or post-menopausal for a variety of symptoms they may experience in their lifetime, using a gentle approach and evidence-based care. Call us today and schedule an appointment online for your women's health care needs.

Women's Health Q&A

How does menopause affect women’s health?

Menopause describes the phase of life where a woman’s periods stop. Menopause typically occurs around age 51 and is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods for 12 months. But women are not always informed about what to expect through menopause. Often, the first sign of menopause, or perimenopause, is irregular periods. Some other common symptoms of menopause are:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Lower libido
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep problems
  • Thinning hair
  • Dry skin
  • Osteoporosis 

Nexus HealthSpan offers an array of services for women going through menopause and those who aren’t yet in menopause, but who experience adverse periods or other women’s health issues. The caring team listens to your concerns and answers any questions about your health.

What are some common women’s health issues before menopause?

Many women experience problems related to their periods, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). 

These conditions can cause frustrating symptoms like mood swings, depression, irritability, weight gain, heavy periods, long periods, and other issues. 

Fortunately, just as with menopause symptoms, these issues are very treatable with bioidentical hormone replacement or other personalized holistic women’s health treatments at Nexus HealthSpan. Treatments always emphasize whole-body health, treating the issue from the inside out. 

What is bioidentical hormone replacement?

According to the North American Menopause Society, 1.4 million women are using bioidentical hormone replacement to help with symptoms of menopause. Bioidentical hormones are created hormones meant to match and replace the natural hormones found in the body. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved preparations of bioidentical estradiol and progesterone for use in women going through menopause.

Bioidentical hormones are safe, and doctors closely monitor women on bioidentical hormone replacement. Your provider adjusts the dosage based on your symptoms and needs. They may check your hormone levels routinely to see how you respond to bioidentical hormone replacement. Click here to read about the fear-myth with women's hormones.

How do I know if hormone therapy is right for me?

Currently, doctors recommend prescribing hormone therapy at the lowest dose for the shortest time, relative to the woman’s individual goals. Your doctor works with you to determine the right dosage and timing of hormone administration for your specific needs.

You might use a patch, oral tablet, or cream for your hormone therapy. Studies have shown that hormone therapy helps relieve hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, and bone loss.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to hormone therapy. You and your health care provider find a plan that works for you. If you’d like to learn more about how Nexus HealthSpan can help you with your women’s health concerns, call today to make an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool.