Who Do Hormone Problems Affect?
All women are prime candidates for hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing some of the previously mentioned symptoms, you are not alone. In fact, there are an estimated 40 million women in the United States in menopause. Additionally, 80% to 90% of all women report PMS symptoms.
When Do Hormone Symptoms Start?
As women approach their thirties, hormones begin to decline, thus triggering symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. These same early imbalances can cause weight gain, headaches, lack of sex drive, or depression, just to list a few.
Unfortunately, it does not get any better as women move into their forties and fifties when new symptoms can add to their dilemma such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, foggy thinking, or insomnia.
Left unattended, some types of hormone imbalances can result in bone loss, breast cysts, uterine fibroids, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease
What Causes Hormone Problems?
Hormone imbalance stems from several different factors that commonly affect women, including:
- Age related decline of estrogen, progesterone ortestosterone
- Stress triggered changes in adrenal hormones, DHEA and cortisol
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Failure to ovulate or ovarian dysfunction
- Other glandular dysfunctions such as thyroid or blood sugar problems
- Non-bioidentical hormones – HRT or any type of synthetic hormones including birth control pills
- Xenoestrogens- hormone like synthetic chemicals in the environment or food supply
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants and are converted into chemical structures that precisely match the human hormones manufactured by the body.
The plant derived bioidentical hormones function exactly the same as the hormones the body makes and in fact, the body recognizes them as if they were actually produced by the ovaries.
To be clear, there is no difference between the hormones the ovaries make and the bioidentical hormones used in BHRT.
BHRT has a long history of safe and successful use, specifically in
Europe where they have been used for over 65 years.
What Is Hrt And Synthetic Hormones?
HRT stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy, which does not usually consist of hormones biologically identical to those our bodies produce. Instead, HRT is comprised of synthetic and/or animal-derived hormones. I refer to them as non-bioidentical.
Since non-bioidentical hormones differ in molecular structure from those the human body produces, they do not function exactly like endogenous human hormones. Nor do our bodies process them the same way.
These non-bioidentical hormones are similar enough to mimic some of the activities of the human hormones they are replacing but only in a clumsy way.
While they perform some of the vital functions of endogenous hormones, they can cause problems that human-produced hormones do not. We know these problems are side effects, which vary depending on the type of non-bioidentical hormone.
What Can Bioidentical Hormones Do For You?
Bioidentical hormones -estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone have demonstrated many benefits such as:
- Decreases menstrual bleeding and spotting
- Increases metabolism
- Protects against cancer, especially breast cancer
- Helps prevent hardening of the arteries and heart disease
- Improves brain function
- Reduces water retention
- Reduces irritability and anxiety
- Helps reduce hormonal headaches/migraines
- Reduces carbohydrate cravings
- Helps restore normal sleep patterns
- Regulates the menstrual cycle
- Reduces vaginal dryness
- Slows bone loss
- Protects the heart
- Slows aging
- Uplifts mood
- Lowers LDL/raises HDL
- Adds moisture to the skin
- Enables brain function
Note: These results are not demonstrated by synthetic hormones in HRT.
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