What are hormones?
Hormones regulate the essential functions of your body like metabolism, growth, reproduction, repair, immunity, libido, mood, mental function, and sleep. Hormones play such a central role in vitality, longevity, health and well-being. And it’s no wonder that replacing these crucial hormones makes a HUGE difference in how you feel, how you look, and how you age.
What role do estrogen and progesterone have for a woman?
Estrogen and progesterone and two key hormones for a woman. Both hormones serve vital functions in the body, with over 400 functions known for estrogen alone. The balance between the two hormones is critical to a woman’s health and well-being.
There are three phases in a woman’s hormone cycle: premenopause, perimenopause, and menopause. A premenopausal woman is in her reproductive years. A perimenopausal woman starts to have irregular periods and is getting ready for menopause. Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to menopause, beginning as early as a woman’s mid to late thirties. The symptoms of hormone imbalance may include irritability, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, headaches, disinterest in sex, and depression.
A menopausal woman has total cessation of periods. Most hormone replacement therapy is aimed at menopausal woman. Hormone imbalance often occurs as menopause approaches.
Menopause brings hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Many women struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. Weight gain around the stomach is common; breasts lose volume and sag; the skin becomes slack and dull; and vertical lines appear above the top lip. Women feel less mentally sharp, complaining of “brain fog” and decreased memory or concentration. Menopause is associated with the onset of diseases such as osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease and stroke. Alteration in the delicate estrogen metabolism is implicated in breast and ovarian cancer.
Some women experience few symptoms during perimenopause and menopause, while other women truly suffer. If you are uncomfortable or unhappy with the changes that accompany your monthly cycles, or with the changes brought on by age, know that you have options. Your hormone levels can be measured and correlated with your symptoms. Your hormones can be properly balanced and returned to youthful levels. Recently, there has been much media coverage on the bad health outcomes associated with FDA approved hormones such as (Premarin, Provera, and PremPro). Many women were taken off of their hormone medication and given no alternative treatment.
However, there are safer options. You can be treated with hormones identical to those your body creates itself. These bio-identical hormones can be used to exactly restore your hormone levels and hormone balance, alleviating symptoms of PMS and menopause and restoring health and vitality. It’s never too late to take charge of your health.
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