Estrogen decrease over our lifetime is a natural process of aging as we approach peri-menopause and enter menopause. Although a natural process, decreasing levels of estrogen can have less than desirable side effects, most importantly its effects on cardiovascular disease. Low estrogen in menopause leads to:
What is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?Bioidentical hormones are made from natural soy or yam components that are synthesized to be identical to the hormones that are made in your body. Bioidentical hormone therapy is specifically created by a compounding pharmacy for your individual needs determined from thorough hormone testing. Proper estrogen and progesterone ratios can then be reestablished as well as uncovering testosterone, cortisol, and DHEA imbalances. Bioidentical hormones are used together with naturopathic therapeutics, exercise and nutritional therapies to increase health and vitality.
Who Needs BHRT?Pre-menopause:Pre-menopausal women that are regularly cycling may have symptoms indicating hormone imbalance. Symptoms may include:
· PMS(mood changes, acne, breast tenderness, painful cycles and irregular menses)
Peri-menopause:Peri-menopausal woman will start to have changes in their menstrual cycle commonly skipping monthly cycles as the hormone levels start to decrease. Women with chronic illness, depletion, adrenal fatigue and long term use of oral contraceptives tend to notice peri-menopausal changes earlier than other women. The average woman enters perimenopause at 45 years old. Symptoms may include those above as well as:
· Cardiovascular disease
· Collagen changes and increased infection
Naturopathic Treatment Plan and Assessment includes: