START OF MENSES
Start of Menses – many younger females have painful, difficult periods and changes in psychological state when they begin their period. This is complicated by Progestin based birth control method, which essentially override the reproductive system with synthetic tissue-altering chemistry.
Middle Age – this premenopausal time can be marked with problems with hot flashes, emotional instability, weight gain and loss of vitality that corresponds with the change in hormones from retiring ovaries.
Menopause – when you stop your period, the protection that Estrogen provides your heart and bones is greatly reduced and incites of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Osteoporosis are elevated.
Should you take Estrogen?
Your doctor can help guide you to the right answer. Blood tests can confirm if your estrogen levels are low, but you aren’t considered in menopause until you haven’t had a menstrual cycle for one whole year.
During this time, you may experience:
Your doctor may prescribe hormone replacement therapy, which helps supplement estrogen. Progesterone, another hormone that aids in the reproductive system, may also be added if you haven’t had a hysterectomy.
Estrogen can be delivered through oral medication, gel, cream or pellets. There are different levels of estrogen you can take, too. Your doctor will work with you to get the dosage right.
While there had been concerns about hormone replacement therapy causing an increased risk of breast cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, research now shows that estrogen can be beneficial if hormone replacement therapy is started sooner rather than later.
If you’re experiencing hot flashes and night sweats, there is a theory called timing theory that says you need to start hormone replacement therapy as soon as you’re in menopause, At that point, the benefits outweigh any risk.
Symptoms and side effects of menopause may occur long before the menopausal years. Perimenopause, or the phase when a woman begins to experience the symptoms of menopause but is still menstruating, occurs when the ovaries begin to produce less progesterone and estrogen. For some women this can also lead to lower levels of testosterone.
The decline in sex hormones can cause many women to lose sleep, energy, and focus, while also experiencing mood swings, hot flashes, hair thinning, dizziness, breast pain and so much more.
The list of potential symptoms may be overwhelming for many women to fathom. For women who have experienced some of these symptoms, there is good news: there are safe and effective treatment options that are also easy and convenient.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a natural menopause treatment option. More than 10 major medical organizations have endorsed hormone therapy as the best treatment for symptoms of menopause. Bioidentical hormones are an exact structural match to the hormones found in the human body, offering enhanced safety and efficacy.
Today, bioidentical estradiol and bioidentical testosterone are available as pellet hormone replacement therapy. Women no longer have to experience the hormonal roller coaster that occurs with other forms of hormone therapy and there is no need to remember to take a pill or slather on a cream each day.
If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, it is time to seek the expertise of a health professional. Our Health Center understands hormone health and can help you effectively treat hormone imbalance.