What BHRT can do for Women
Problems caused by low estrogen can be corrected by estrogen replacement therapy.
Many of the physical ailments women experience in menopause are caused by changing estrogen levels. Some of these issues include hot flashes and tenderness of the breasts. Menopause is a condition caused by low or fluctuating estrogen levels. Another problem caused by low estrogen levels is brittle bones. Estrogen plays a role in helping broken bones repair.
Low estrogen can also affect a woman’s sex life. It can cause decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness, which can cause painful intercourse and difficulty reaching orgasm. Low estrogen levels can also affect women’s skin. This can lead to a reduction in collagen. Collagen helps build skin and connective tissue. Reduced amounts of this protein can cause thin and wrinkled skin, especially with mature skin.
Women do not have to chalk up these ailments to simply getting older. Many of the aforementioned physical conditions can be blamed on aging, but they can be resolved through hormone replacement therapy. Hormone therapy can restore their quality of life.
Problems Caused by Low Progesterone
One of the main reasons why menopause causes so many problems is because the body is not producing the right amount of hormones. One of the hormones that is often off balance is progesterone. A lack of this hormone can cause problems such as anxiety, breast tenderness, insomnia, weight gain, and headaches.
Sometimes a lack of progesterone can be caused by an improper diet. But in other cases, it is caused by other factors such as chronic stress, poor nutrition, insulin resistance, and lack of exercise. Chronic stress can be a big contributor to low progesterone levels. Stress produces a hormone called cortisol, and increased levels of cortisol cause reduced progesterone levels.
Women Need Testosterone, Too!
While traditionally associated with men, women also need the hormone. It is important for bone strength and the development of muscle mass and strength. Testosterone also boosts confidence, sense of well-being, and plays a role in a woman’s sex drive. The hormone is responsible for the sensitivity of a woman’s nipples and clitoris. Without it, women would not enjoy the sex act as much.
One of the forms of estrogen found in women’s bodies is called estriol. Produced in the ovaries, this hormone is converted into a hormone called estradiol. A metabolized form of estrogen, estriol is weaker than estradiol and is associated with pregnancy. It stays present in a woman’s system throughout her lifetime, but the levels fluctuate.
Studies have shown that estriol can help alleviate some of the physical ailments associated with perimenopause and menopause.
Symptoms of Perimenopause and Menopause
- Hot flashes
- Lack of lubrication in the vagina
- Fragile bones
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in women
- DHEA could be referred to as the “master hormone” because women rely on it to balance other hormones in their system including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. DHEA, which is produced in the adrenal glands, declines as women get older.
Similar to adrenaline, DHEA is produced by the adrenal gland. Adrenaline is a hormone commonly known for preparing humans for action, fight, or flight. Another hormone associated with the adrenals that helps the body cope with stressful situations is cortisol. However, high-stress situations can lead to overuse of the adrenal glands. While the adrenals are producing adrenaline and cortisol to handle these situations, they can’t produce enough DHEA
Low levels of DHEA can lead to some of the following ailments in women:
- Lack of energy
- Trouble losing weight
- Pain the joints
- Lack of interest in sex.
However, if women with low DHEA levels get them corrected they can experience:
- Increased sex drive
- Gaining muscle
- Weight loss
- Strengthening immune system
- Increased range of body movement
- Energy boost
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