What is Estrogen?
Estrogen is a female hormone that has been shown to perform 400 functions in the female body. It consists of three hormones, estradiol, estriol and estrone. Estradiol is the most active form and the one most commonly replaced in postmenopausal women. Estradiol is often used to mean estrogen although is it only one of the three forms.
Estrogen has been prescribed for over forty years to women suffering from symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, bladder problems, difficulty concentrating and anxiety. With time, many of these symptoms diminish. Unfortunately, the disease processes, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s only increase in the absence of estrogen, particularly in the absence of estradiol.
Some women using estradiol have reported favorable changes in quality of life, wrinkles, hair texture, memory and sex drive. Multiple studies illustrate that estradiol (sometimes with estriol) should be used not only as a treatment for menopause, but rather as a life-long therapy for the prevention of age related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.*
Why Is Estradiol Important?
Estradiol is a hormone produced in both females and males although it is commonly viewed as a female hormone. This single hormone performs 400 functions in the female body. These functions include collagen production for the skin and protection against heart disease, memory loss, Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Estradiol has been scientifically shown to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia, arthritis, macular degeneration, tooth loss, hair loss and many other maladies that affect us as we age. Excess belly fat is another symptom of low hormones, particularly low estradiol.
Why Is Estradiol “Disappear” in Postmenopausal Women?
Typically, postmenopausal women have little or no estradiol. perimenopausal women generally produce abundant estrogen in all its forms, estradiol (the more active form), estrone and estriol. At menopause, the female body has completed its procreation stage and mother nature has concluded that estrogen is no longer needed for producing babies. The ovaries then slow down or stop altogether the production of estradiol. When the ovaries quit producing estradiol, many women might suffer from hot flashes, poor sleep, increasing belly fat and other symptoms of low estradiol.
What Should You Do?
At Natural Bio Health, we have helped women with bio-identical estradiol for years — as have other clinics across the United States and in other countries. We recommend lab testing of all hormone levels followed using bioidentical hormones to optimize your levels of all deficient hormones. We also recommend EDUCATION so you can make informed decisions about your health. Healthy eating, regular and “smart” exercise, stress management, are all necessary to maintain or obtain an excellent quality of life.*
Administration & Benefits:
Estrogen is best administered in the natural form as estradiol. It can also be administered as Biest which contains estadiol and estriol supplied as a capsule, cream, or sublingual. Possible benefits of Estrogen supplementation may include:
· Help protects against heart disease
· Help protects against stroke
· Decreases cholesterol
· Help protect against Alzheimer’s disease
· Improves memory
· Decreases symptoms of menopause
· Help prevents osteoporosis by slowing down the process
· Improves vaginal dryness and eliminates bladder problems
** Results may vary from person to person.