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What Women Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy

What Women Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy

The latest developments in natural hormone replacement help your body stay in balance.

Hormones are essential in keeping your metabolism on track. Your glands create and secrete hormones, which play key roles in your bodily functions. As a woman, your ovaries make estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, which regulate your reproductive system. Once you are nearing menopause, your body makes fewer of these hormones, and this can cause discomfort. For that reason, many women choose natural hormone replacement to keep their bodies in balance.

Symptoms of Depleted Estrogen

Before, during and following menopause, a drop in your supply of reproductive hormones creates a number of uncomfortable symptoms. These may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Thinning hair
  • Joint pain
  • Loss in bone density
  • Memory loss
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Depending upon the severity of these symptoms, you may decide to bypass hormone replacement therapy, but be sure that you get plenty of exercise and eat a healthy diet to mitigate your health risks and minimize your symptoms. If you opt for hormone replacement instead, you do have a choice in the type of therapy you select.

Traditional Hormone Therapy

Traditional hormone therapy products range from birth control pills to help you control irregular periods to progestin — synthetic progesterone — to reduce heavy bleeding. Over time, research shows some of these drugs also increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes and blood clots.

Medical estrogen preparations can relieve many menopausal symptoms that tend to transform you from a pleasant companion to half woman, half beast. Prescription estrogen comes in a number of forms, including pills, creams, gels, sprays, transdermal patches and suppositories. It contains a combination of ingredients from various sources. For example, the prescription drug Premarin sources estrogen from pregnant mares. If you use these types of estrogen replacements for longer than a year, your risk of uterine or breast cancer increases, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The latest development in the field of hormone replacement, bioidentical hormone therapy supplements your supplies of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone to help restore your natural balance. Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical makeup as the reproductive hormones that your body once produced naturally in abundance. Manufacturers source these elements from vegetables like soy and yams, and your compounding pharmacist customizes your prescription to match your unique biological formula, as directed by your provider.

Get Straight Answers to Your Menopause Questions

At Natural Bio Health, we help you make the best decisions for your health and well-being. Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program provides you with the supplements your body needs to maintain its natural balance. Contact us today to discuss your options.


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