Hormone replacement therapy is a treatment option available at Rejuvene Plastic Surgery and one that has grown in popularity among women over the age of 35 — specifically those who feel run-down, prone to weight gain and out of other options when it comes to managing symptoms of menopause. This includes options like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to balance hormones and improve certain conditions.
BHRT might help some women transition through these changes more easily by helping to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Estrogen is produced by the ovaries and works with progesterone to maintain numerous functions in the body. Estrogen affects the brain, the body’s cycles, and reproduction.
During the reproductive years, it is produced by the ovaries, and after menopause, it is produced by the adrenal glands. Estrogen deficiencies may cause hot flashes, anxiety, a poor memory, insomnia, low libido, and vaginal dryness.
The estrogen that comprises the most circulating volume in the body is estriol followed by estradiol and estrone. Estriol is thought to be the weakest acting hormone, but provides a natural hormonal balance in the body.
Estradiol is the most potent of the three estrogens and is produced directly in the ovaries. It is the estrogen that can relieve vaso-motor symptoms the best. Estrone is the primary estrogen found in post-menopausal women. It stores itself in the body fat and has more known cancer properties.
The female body produces large amounts of estriol during pregnancy and has protective properties against such things as estrogen related cancers. Estradiol is the most potent of the three estrogens and is produced directly in the ovaries. It is the estrogen that can relieve vaso-motor symptoms the best. Estrone is the primary estrogen found in post-menopausal women. It stores itself in the body fat and has more known cancer properties.
Progesterone is one of the two main hormones (the other being estrogen) produced each month by the ovaries of menstruating women. It is produced in smaller amounts in the adrenals.
If progesterone becomes deficient, estrogen may become excessive and dominate the body. Excess estrogen may promote breast tissue growth, which can lead to breast cancer. With this, a progesterone deficiency can give a woman an increased risk for breast cancer.
Other symptoms of a progesterone deficiency may include infertility, foggy thinking or memory loss, weight gain, migraine headaches, anxiety/depression, osteoporosis, and insomnia.
Your thyroid gland, through the hormones it produces, influences almost all of your metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders involve either too much or too little thyroid production. The signs and symptoms can vary but in general tend to develop slowly, often times over a number of years.
Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism and can cause a variety of symptoms. At first, you may barely notice the symptoms such as fatigue and weight gain, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms may include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, depression, thinning hair, and muscle aches and tenderness.
Vitamin D has been shown to play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions. Vitamin D is called a vitamin; however, it is really an essential hormone.
Vitamin D is better known for its ability to promote bone strength by increasing calcium absorption, but it is also well known for helping prevent heart disease and cancer.
As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Regularly checking your blood levels of Vitamin D is essential because symptoms of low vitamin D are usually unnoticed but may include bone pain, cracking sensation in the bones, lack of concentration, back pain and loss of appetite.
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