Menopause has the potential to turn your life upside down. Since your ovaries stop producing estrogen after menopause, you may feel as if you no longer know your own body. In addition to a sudden lack of libido, you may no longer sleep well or think clearly, and your outlook on life could change significantly.
Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy could turn your life back around and assuage many of your unwanted symptoms. To that end, a Newport Beach estrogen replacement therapy doctor may be able to help give you back the quality of life you may be so sorely missing now.
Estrogen is the female sex hormone. It is estrogen that triggers the development of secondary female sexual characteristics at puberty, causing breast development, the appearance of pubic hair, and menstrual cycle regulation.
Estrogen is responsible for a woman’s curvature, as it increases fat storage in the thighs and hips. It also helps maintain bone strength, skin thickness and cholesterol levels. As a result, when estrogen levels plummet after menopause, the whole body may seek out of whack.
Most women suffering from symptoms of low estrogen are menopausal, although younger women may also suffer from low estrogen levels. Women who exercise excessively, have eating disorders such as anorexia, suffer from pituitary issues, or are diagnosed with kidney disease may experience low estrogen levels prior to menopause. Symptoms of low estrogen include:
Bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy may not only relieves these symptoms, but estrogen supplementation can also help protect women against osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, colon cancer, and other common issues related to aging.
Bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy is a more natural and safer alternative than standard estrogen replacement therapy. In fact, the latter should technically be referred to as equine estrogen replacement therapy, since the estrogens used are derived from the urine of pregnant mares.
These estrogens are not the same as those produced by the woman’s ovaries, but that is not the case with bioidentical estrogens. These latter estrogens, derived from plants such as soy and wild yam, are the same on the molecular level as the woman’s own estrogen, and the body does not differentiate between the two.
Not every woman is a candidate for Newport Beach estrogen replacement therapy. Women who were diagnosed with breast or endometrial cancer should not undergo estrogen replacement therapy, nor should those with active liver or heart disease. In addition, although most women undergoing estrogen replacement therapy are menopausal, pregnancy is another contraindication.
All patients seeking estrogen replacement receive a thorough screening and testing for estrogen levels via urine, saliva, or blood samples. The doctor prescribes the amount of estrogen needed, but patients must come in for regular monitoring and possible changes in the prescribed levels.
Bioidentical estrogen replacement therapy is available in pill, injectable, gel, patch, and transdermal pellet forms, so each woman can choose the best delivery system for her needs. As part of a holistic approach to therapy, the doctor may design a custom diet and exercise plan for each patient as well.
If you would like more information about Newport Beach estrogen replacement therapy and whether you may be a candidate for this treatment, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson is available periodically for consultations in Newport Beach but can also be reached for assistance and advice over FaceTime, Skype, or a phone call.