As many of us know, estrogen is the main female sex hormone that in a woman’s body. It is very common for estrogen levels to fluctuate at various times of the month and through a woman’s lifetime. It is found in both men and women. While its main role is to manage the reproductive system, it also protects your bones and helps your skin heal from bruises and injury.
- Relieves menopause symptoms. As stated above, your natural production changes over time. When puberty begins, you will create more estrogen and you will continue to have higher levels as you go through your childbearing years. As you get close to menopause, your estrogen levels will begin to fall. Symptoms of menopause will begin at this time, the most common symptoms include the following:
-hot flashes, vaginal dryness, chills, difficulty sleeping, excessive sweating.
On many occasions, women use hormone replacement to assist those declining levels.
- Improves vaginal issues: It can help maintain vaginal health. When estrogen levels decline, you may experience changes to the tissue, lining, and pH balance of your vagina. These can cause the following: – vaginal dryness, vulvar atrophy (dryness, soreness, and urinary incontinence), inflammation of vaginal tissues
- Protects your bones. It may help decrease bone loss during and after menopause.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM HORMONE THERAPY:
The benefits of hormone therapy may outweigh the risks if you’re healthy and you:
- Have moderate to severe hot flashes. Estrogen therapy remains the most effective treatment for the relief of troublesome menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.
- Have other symptoms of menopause. Estrogen can ease vaginal symptoms of menopause, such as dryness, itching, burning and discomfort with intercourse.
- Need to prevent bone loss or fractures. As mentioned earlier, estrogen therapy helps to protect against osteoporosis.
- Experience early menopause or have an estrogen deficiency. If you had your ovaries surgically removed, stopped having periods, or lost normal function of your ovaries before the age of 40, your body has been exposed to less estrogen than the bodies of women who experience typical menopause. Estrogen therapy can help decrease your risk of certain health conditions, including osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and mood changes.
HOW YOU CAN REDUCE THE RISKS OF HORMONE DEPLETION?
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY
Find the best product and delivery method for you. You can take estrogen in the form of a pill, patch, gel, vaginal cream, or a slow releasing pellet. If you experience only vaginal symptoms related to menopause, estrogen in a low-dose vaginal cream or tablet may be the best route.
Seek regular follow-up care. It is important to see your doctor regularly to ensure that the levels of the hormone therapy are outweighing any potential risks, and for screenings such as mammograms and pelvic exams.
To determine if hormone therapy is a good treatment option for you, please contact Premier Health and Wellness by visiting the site or by contacting the staff at (512) 459-4405.