You may not appreciate how much estrogen did for you until your levels of this hormone plummet after menopause. You may not have even noticed its effects before you reached menopause, but most post-menopausal women are quite cognizant of its loss.
Once your ovaries stop producing estrogen, your entire body is affected, and you may feel that everything is strange and out of whack. Luckily, there are hormone treatments you could take to counteract this phenomenon. A Beverly Hills estrogen replacement therapy doctor could help you return to a new normal via the use of bioidentical estrogen hormones.
Estrogen plays a role in everything relating to reproduction, from the initial development of secondary sex characteristics to menstrual cycle regulation. When women become pregnant, estrogen is responsible for uterine maintenance, as well as for setting off the contractions of labor. During sexual activity, estrogen triggers vaginal lubrication.
Furthermore, estrogen goes beyond the sexual and reproductive sphere by preventing bone loss and the development of osteoporosis. After menopause, however, the only estrogen available to the body is the relatively weak form known as estrone, which is produced by fat cells.
Virtually all menopausal symptoms are directly related to estrogen loss. Women who are suffering from hot flashes or night sweats recognize them as classic menopausal symptoms, but many other conditions occurring at this stage of life are also due to changes in estrogen levels, which many women may not realize. Instead, they may simply attribute certain symptoms to aging rather than menopause per se.
These lesser-known menopausal symptoms include:
Menopausal symptoms may affect every aspect of a woman’s life, from her intimate relationships to her job performance. Fortunately, Beverly Hills estrogen replacement therapy can help alleviate these symptoms, allowing a woman to feel much the way she did before menopause, or sometimes even better.
Some women may prove reluctant to start estrogen replacement therapy because they have heard that such treatment raises the risk of developing breast cancer or heart disease. While this is true for standard estrogen replacement therapy, in which the conjugated equine estrogens come from pregnant mare’s urine, this is not the case with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Plant-based bioidentical estrogens are the same on the molecular level as the hormones naturally produced by a woman’s own body. Not only is there no increased risk of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer with bioidentical estrogens, but this type of hormone replacement therapy can protect women from many of the common issues of aging. The use of bioidentical hormone therapy may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other serious and debilitating diseases.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is available in pill, patch, gel, transdermal pellet, and cream forms. Women receiving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are carefully monitored through regular blood, urine, and saliva testing, with every patient receiving an individually-tailored treatment plan. Each woman also receives a custom designed diet and exercise plan, as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is part of a holistic approach to staying well and active.
If you are suffering from menopausal symptoms and would like more information about Beverly Hills estrogen replacement therapy, call the office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. He is available periodically for in-person consultations in Beverly Hills but can also be reached via telephone, Skype, or FaceTime.