Many women seek bio-identical hormone replacement as a way to combat menopause. After women hit a certain age, their body goes through this drastic change. Menopause can also be caused at any age by a woman who has received a hysterectomy.
For women, the body goes through a litany of physical and emotional changes once she begins passing from her reproductive years and stops menstruating. Known as menopause, she quickly begins to lose estrogen and more gradually, progesterone. The loss of these important hormones can cause a whole slew of alarming problems like unwanted facial hair, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and migraines; but this hormonal imbalance can also cause weight gain, low sex drive, memory loss, fatigue, depression, mood swings, and loss in bone density that can lead to osteoporosis.
Hormonal changes in women can occur as early as in the mid-30s. It usually starts with the decline of progesterone and the first symptoms usually include:
This is a stage of estrogen dominance that can cause considerable metabolic and psychological turmoil.
A few years later estrogens become imbalanced, then decrease, and patients will present with various symptoms such as:
While some women go through menopause without too much trouble, a majority will experience unpleasant symptoms, and their quality of life is definitely impaired.
In addition to these symptoms, it is well known that the decline in female hormones with age increases the risk of serious medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and osteoporosis.
Sufficient levels of sex hormones are essential for optimal functioning, vitality, and feeling of wellbeing. Restoring a healthy level of hormones through an effective and safe use of bioidentical hormones will rapidly provide a relief of symptoms and prevent many of the degenerative conditions generally associated with aging.
Other important ways of regulating hormones should be considered in parallel to the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or alone if you have a contraindication for the use of hormones (patients previously diagnosed with certain forms of cancers). A healthy diet is essential as some nutrients are required for the good release of hormones; some nutritional deficiencies might impair their production. Good sleep is important as it is during our sleep that most hormones are restored. Stress management is crucial in order to avoid hormones imbalances. We know that a well-described condition cause by chronic stress called "the cortisol steel" occurs when cortisol takes over other hormones and increases the risk of putting weight on, and later causes metabolic disorders, insomnia and other stress-related issues.
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