Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Women
Women can experience hormonal imbalances at any age; however, most women begin to experience hormonal decline in the mid to late 30’s or early 40’s. Hormonal imbalances can be caused due to stress, a poor diet, environmental factors, lack of sleep, smoking or alcohol, and poor nutrition. The hormones that most commonly begin to decline are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While testosterone is thought to mainly be a male hormone, women do produce small amounts of testosterone in their adrenal glands, and it is important for maintaining libido, energy, and muscle mass.
Perimenopause is the period when estrogen and progesterone start to drop, and it usually occurs 4-6 years prior to menopause. Perimenopause can cause irregular periods, mood swings, acne, migraines, headaches, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, low libido, and fatigue. After several years of perimenopause and not having a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, menopause officially begins.
After menopause begins, many of the symptoms change and intensify, and new symptoms appear. During menopause, the ovaries have stopped producing significant amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and ideally, the adrenal glands are supposed to take over the production of these hormones. However, in most women, the adrenal glands are exhausted due to stress, lack of sleep, or a poor diet, and they cannot produce the necessary amounts of hormones. During menopause, a woman may experience symptoms such as weight gain, reduced libido, mood swings, insomnia, and hot flashes.
Bio-identical hormone replacement can reduce the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause and increase many functions in the body. Some of the benefits of bio-identical hormones may include:
Hormone imbalances can cause weight to increase in the body’s attempt to protect itself from an estrogen deficiency. Estrogen is contained in fat, and when it is balanced, the body will let go of extra fat. Progesterone helps to reduce bloating and water retention, and when it is balanced, women can reduce their weight and bloating.
Healthier Emotional Balance
Anger, anxiety, depression, and sadness are all influenced by hormone fluctuation. Brain chemistry can be affected with hormonal imbalances to create mood changes, and when hormones are balanced, moods can become more stable.
Reduced Hot Flashes or Night Sweats
Estrogen helps the hypothalamus to set the body’s temperature, and when it is deficient, the hypothalamus cannot sustain a regular body temperature. Bio-identical hormone supplementation can reduce temperature fluctuations and relieve hot flashes and night sweats.
Improved Sleeping Patterns
Hormone imbalance can cause disturbed sleeping patterns that include, waking up many times during the night or difficulty falling asleep. When hormones are balanced, accurate signals go to the brain to regulate sleep cycles.
When the body decreases the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, libido can decline. Women going through perimenopause or menopause may also experience vaginal dryness, which can be helped with bio-identical hormonal supplementation.
Improved Skin Elasticity
Estrogen coupled with vitamin C influence the suppleness of the skin by promoting collagen production. Collagen is the material that helps skin to stay youthful, fresh, and elastic, and if it cannot be produced in the necessary amounts, skin can become dry and wrinkled.
Estrogen influences the absorption of calcium, and improper absorption of calcium can cause bones to become porous, lose their density, and become more breakable. Bio-identical hormones can help to keep the bones strong and reduce women’s chances of developing osteoporosis.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can provide a myriad of benefits for women suffering from hormone decline. Women do not have to suffer through perimenopause or menopause and can enjoy their transition out of the reproductive years. Dr. Tice’s expert programs can help to meet individual needs and improve overall health.