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Women’s Hormones

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BHRT FOR WOMEN

Some symptoms of menopause are low energy, hot flashes and trouble sleeping. As we age, we start to see a loss of normal hormone levels. This is significant because it can affect the vast majority of our body’s functions.

If you’re looking for relief from menopause symptoms, read on to learn about natural hormone replacement through Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). Getting the facts can help you decide whether BHRT is right for you.

What is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for women? 

BHRT uses various hormones—estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin, thyroid output, human growth hormone and testosterone—to treat common symptoms of menopause and aging. These are prescribed during perimenopause or after menopause.

Once your period stops, your hormone levels fall, causing uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness and sometimes other conditions like osteoporosis. BHRT replaces hormones your body no longer makes.

Should you take progesterone?

If you still have your uterus, taking estrogen without progesterone raises your risk for cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. Since the cells from the endometrium aren’t leaving your body during your period anymore, they may build up in your uterus and can lead to cancer. Progesterone lowers that risk by thinning the lining of your uterus.

Why does your body need estrogen? 

You might think of pregnancy when you think of estrogen. In women of child-bearing age, it gets the uterus ready to receive a fertilized egg. However, estrogen has other roles as well, like controlling how your body uses calcium, which strengthens bones and raises good cholesterol in the blood.

Combination therapy, which combines doses of estrogen and progesterone, is meant for women who still have their uterus.

But only Bio-identical Hormones are suggested as they are plant based and mirror your natural hormones, without using synthetic substances.

Do women need testosterone? 

Testosterone may be the most undervalued hormone for women. This is largely due to its faulty perception as a male-only hormone. Testosterone is actually produced in both men and women and enhances mental well-being and clarity of thought.  There are clinical studies that provide data stating that testosterone may also help to increase lean muscle mass, bone density and the recipient’s sex drive.

Progesterone 

After the age of 35, which is typically more than a decade before menopause, your body receives less progesterone. This loss becomes more and more important to women as they begin to experience the impact of lower progesterone levels—including mood alterations, loss of sleep, “not feeling like yourself,” anxiety and eventually hot flashes.

Providing estrogen, progesterone and testosterone treatments for women are potential ways to regain the energy, strength and multitude of other benefits that normal hormone levels provide.

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