Female menopause results from age related declines in three essential hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. The symptoms of menopause result from different hormone deficiencies.
Estrogen is an essential female hormone that protects you against no shortage of real health risks:
> Heart disease, strokes, and high cholesterol
> Osteoporosis and painful, debilitating fracture risk
> Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
> Vaginal, genital, and urinary tract atrophy
> Macular degeneration
> Colon cancer
> Depression and mood swings
Symptoms of Menopause and Estrogen Deficiencies
Pre-menopausal women are significantly protected from cardiovascular risk relative to men. Post-menopausal, estrogen deficient women, lose that protection. A woman taking estrogen can cut her risk of heart disease by as much as 50%.
Elsewhere, 24 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis. 80% are women. Natural estrogen can eliminate that risk.
Similar benefits for women commencing natural estrogen at the onset of menopause result in both improvements in working memory and Alzheimer’s risk.
And that’s not to mention the quality of life benefits. Estrogen deficiency, in addition to increasing the above health risks, leads to:
> Temperature dis-regulation with hot flashes, night sweats, and resulting insomnia
> Vaginal atrophy resulting in dry and painful intercourse and narrowing of the vaginal opening
> Decreased libido
> Fatigue and depressed mood
> Atrophy and dryness of skin and increased wrinkles
> Atrophy of breast tissue
Misguided fears resulting from misguided therapy should not illicit fears of natural, bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy.
Three properly balanced hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) work in harmony to complement a woman’s overall health and wellbeing. Her health and equilibrium are dependent on their balanced presence. Progesterone exemplifies that balance as it complements some of the potential side effects of estrogen.
Progesterone helps in reducing:
> Vaginal bleeding
> Water retention
Symptoms of Menopause and Progesterone Deficiencies
From a symptomatic standpoint, progesterone has a multitude of feel good benefits:
Reduces symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
> Catalyzes health sleep from its calming effect
> Diminishes anxiety
> Promotes a sense of well-being
In addition to health benefits, progesterone:
> Protects against uterine cancer
> Protects against breast cancer (unlike synthetic progestins, which increase that risk)
> Reduces osteoporotic fracture risk
With or without a uterus, there is no reason not to give natural, bioidentical progesterone to a post-menopausal woman.
Recently, a woman on estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone replacement therapy returned to our office delighted with her revitalized self but struck by her primary care doctor’s question: “Why are you being treated with a male hormone?”
What an unfortunate, arguably chauvinistic, and scientifically misguided notion, namely that testosterone is only for men. Testosterone, in proper feminine dosage, is as much a male hormone as it is a female hormone and always has been from in utero to present. To deprive women of the benefits of testosterone optimization therapy is to leave her unbalanced, incomplete, short of her whole, natural self.
Symptoms of Menopause and Testosterone Deficiencies
For man or woman, testosterone is an essential hormone that affects your whole body and well being.