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Menopause And Hormone Replacement Therapy

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The loss of estrogen in women is a central feature of menopausal symptoms, however hormone replacement therapy may help. A women’s production of important hormones, namely estrogen, starts to decline in her mid-30s. As a result, women typically experience menopause between the ages of 45 and 55 due to estrogen levels dropping to about one-tenth the amount they were before menopause.
At this time, a woman’s ability to make the hormones progesterone and testosterone reduces drastically, leading to the production of excess estrogen and hormonal imbalance. All these hormones must work cooperatively with each other for a woman’s body to function optimally.When hormone levels are no longer in balance, it can lead to typical symptoms of menopause, including:

  • Hot flashes, sweating, increased heart rate, nausea, headache, anxiety, dizziness, and weakness
  • Loss of desire and low sex drive
  • Fluid retention, bloating and abdominal discomfort
  • Physical and emotional symptoms leading to stress and depression
  • Lethargy, fatigue and feeling worn out
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
  • Memory problems

The processes that underlie menopause can begin up to 10 years before menopausal symptoms are experienced. Menstrual cycles may become shorter in length, along with experiencing a loss of energy, strength and libido. Increasing symptoms may also be connected to stress, poor nutrition and lack of regular physical activity.

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Benefits Of Hormone Replacement Therapy For Women

Hormone therapy is important, because most hormones decline with age and/or removal of the ovaries. Chronic illness or stress may decrease the production and utilization of hormones and environmental chemicals may also interfere with hormones. Allergies, leaky gut, drugs, excess alcohol, and lack of sleep – all of these affect hormone balance.

While menopause is part of the natural cycle of life for every woman, its symptoms can be managed. The loss of hormones as well as hormonal imbalances can be treated with hormone replacement therapy for women, offering not only relief from symptoms but also protection against osteoporosis and heart disease. Through carefully supervised treatment, hormone replacement therapy can make women feel healthy and vibrant again.

The Role Of Estrogen, Progesterone And Testosterone In Female Aging

Some of the most common hormones that can help you may also need to be replaced. These include Thyroid (T3 and T4), Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterone, DHEA, Human Growth Hormone, and Melatonin.

Estrogen is the main female sex hormone and plays many roles – including helping a woman’s body through ovulation, conception and pregnancy, helping to regulate cholesterol levels and maintaining bone density. Once menopause has occurred, estrogen production declines to roughly one tenth of its previous level. Many symptoms of menopause have been associated with this drop in estrogen production, which can be alleviated by hormone replacement therapy for women.

Progesterone works with estrogen to help regulate the menstrual cycle and prepare a woman’s body for conception and pregnancy. With the onset of menopause, progesterone levels drop – leading to irregular periods. Finally, small amounts of testosterone are also made in women’s bodies. During menopause, this testosterone production drops by almost 50%.

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We Are Your Hormone Replacement Experts

Menopause symptoms caused by low hormone levels and hormonal imbalances can be easily and safely managed. If you decide that hormone replacement therapy is right for you, our skilled experts at My Aging Well Network will guide you every step of the way – from exploring your treatment options under the guidance of an Aging Well Network physician to finding a safe and effective hormone replacement therapy that is customized to your needs.

Call us today at 561- 748-0800.