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Female Hormone Therapy

Female Hormone Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy using estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and Pregnenolone supplements offer relief for women who suffer from menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sexual dysfunction and night sweats. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, hormone therapy might be the answer. For pre-menopausal women, common hormone imbalances can contribute to symptoms like heavier periods, PMS, and increased incidence of issues like uterine fibroids, endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts. Again, appropriate hormone therapy can help.

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Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormones are chemical messengers created in the endocrine glands that control major bodily functions, such as emotions and the sleep cycle. Estrogen and progesterone are the female hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle in women.

As women enter their late 30s, their ovaries begin to produce less and less of these hormones. Reduced hormone levels lead to loss in fertility and irregular menstrual periods. By the early 50s, women will stop having periods altogether as their bodies cease estrogen and progesterone production. Menopause can also result from a total hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy, in which the uterus and ovaries are removed.

Symptoms of Menopause

Although symptoms of menopause vary for every woman, the most common ones include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Progressive bone loss
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair and dry, aging skin
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Low libido

In some cases, menopause can lead to more serious conditions, such as severe bone loss (osteoporosis). Studies show women also have an increased risk for heart disease in as little as three years after menopause.

Hormone Therapy Procedure

The main purpose of hormone replacement therapy is to provide sufficient hormone levels to relieve bothersome symptoms, improve quality of life and restore hormone balance. For women suffering from menopausal or pre-menopausal symptoms, many healthcare experts believe biologically identical forms of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the best choices for their patients.

To begin the procedure, your healthcare provider will review and collect your symptoms and medical history, and then test your hormone levels (with either blood, saliva or urine samples) to determine hormone imbalances or deficiencies. This process allows hormone therapy to be tailored to address your specific hormonal replacement needs.

Many hormone experts strongly believe that a women’s health is best protected by providing or maintaining a natural balance of all a woman’s hormones, whether or not they still have a uterus. Most women agree, balanced hormone therapy also improves how they feel (their quality of life).

Hormone therapy can be provided in a variety of different forms, such as:

  • Capsules and Tablets
  • Creams
  • Mist Sprays
  • Patches
  • Injections under the skin or into the muscle
  • Implantable pellets
  • Tablets or drops dissolved under the tongue or in the cheek
  • Vaginal tablets or cream

The delivery method that you receive will depend on the severity and nature of your hormonal symptoms and what you and your provider deem most effective. Common examples might be; for a pre-menopausal woman with PMS, Progesterone capsules alone may be prescribed. Whereas, for a menopausal woman, an estrogen + testosterone cream, and progesterone capsules might be required for relief of hot flashes, night sweats and low libido. It is also recommended that women who use hormone therapy begin the treatment with lower doses, then slowly work their way up to higher doses if necessary.

Benefits of Hormone Therapy for Women

There are many benefits of female hormone replacement therapy. Besides reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness, hormone therapy may provide relief from:

  • Night sweats
  • Poor sleep
  • Vaginal tissue thinning
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Low libido
  • An overactive bladder
  • Reduced “foggy brain” feelings

Female hormone therapy may also help protect your bones and lower your risk of heart disease.

Hormone Therapy Risk Factors

Many publications suggest all hormone therapy will increase your risk of developing blood clots, strokes and urine or breast cancer. When experts look deeply into the details of those studies, a different picture is formed. What they have found can be summarized as:

Groups of women with Reduced Risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke:

  • Estrogen therapy used alone (for women with NO uterus)
  • Used Oral Estrogen plus natural Progesterone
  • Used Topical Estrogen plus natural Progesterone
  • Pre-menopausal women with naturally high levels of Progesterone
  • Maintained optimal levels of Testosterone, naturally or with supplementation

Groups of women with Increased Risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke:

  • Used Estrogen plus progestin (chemically altered Progesterone such as medroxyprogesterone acetate)
  • Used Progestins rather than natural Progesterone

Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider before beginning any kind of hormone therapy supplementation.

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