When many people hear about estrogen replacement therapy, they likely assume that it’s a treatment specifically designed for women. That’s just not the case. Estrogen plays an important role in both male and females and works along with your other primary hormones to create a synergistic flow of energy throughout the body. When looking at the health of your hormones, it’s important for both women AND men to make sure they have their estrogen levels checked, to see that there is not a hormone imbalance occurring.
The Role Estrogen Plays is Vital
Considering whether or not to undertake estrogen replacement therapy is a decision made easier when you understand the role this vital hormone plays in your body.
Estrogen is a team player, and it’s balance in your body is closely tied to presence of progesterone – another one of your 8 primary hormones – as the two work hand in hand to heal your adrenals. Too much estrogen without enough progesterone is called “estrogen dominance” and can cause headaches, bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness and may be linked with breast and uterine cancer.
Other estrogen imbalances, as caused by post-menopause, can produce decreased sexual function and libido, as well as osteoporosis, hot flashes, weight gain and behavior changes ranging from depression to irritability to mood swings.
The Side-Effects of Estrogen Imbalance
As with the other hormones that naturally occur in your body, estrogen replacement therapy may be required some time after the age of 25, when your hormone levels begin to decline. Unfortunately, by the age of 35, most men and women have a hormone deficiency of some kind, and may cause them to experience a range of side effects from hormone imbalance. This is true for estrogen levels in both male and female body types.
In fact, some of the potential side-effects of not having correctly balanced estrogen levels can include:
Loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles
Loss of libido
Loss of motivation
Regain Lost Time With Bio-Identical Estrogen Replacement Therapy
As you’ve learned, the side-effects of estrogen hormone imbalance can significantly impact your quality of life, so it’s important to catch these early warning signs of hormonal imbalance, and seek the guidance of a qualified expert in hormone replacement therapy, like our team here at the BHRC.
To restore your estrogen levels to normal again, we use Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, which uses naturally occurring bio-identical hormones to bring hormone levels back to optimal levels, relieving symptoms and restoring the quality of life we enjoyed in our younger years.
Where conventional treatment methods for estrogen replacement therapy include pills, creams, and large-dose injections, our treatment philosophy is to achieve hormone balance through proper testing and treatment using the lowest hormone dose needed, at the appropriate frequency to relieve symptoms without side effects. We believe our techniques and methods are unique as they create “Hormone Optimization” that is effective and safe long term.
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More About Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormones function as your body’s chemical messengers, playing an integral part in how each of our bodies work, ensuring that our bodies operate “according to plan.” Created by your endocrine glands, hormones travel through the bloodstream to signal your organs and tissues to how to function properly.
Hormone replacement therapy – also known as HRT, menopausal hormone therapy, and estrogen replacement therapy – uses naturally occurring bio-identical hormones including testosterone, estrogen progesterone, and others, to treat common symptoms of hormonal imbalance including uncontrolled weight gain, menopause and aging.
Approximately after the age of 25, both men and women experience a decline in hormone production, causing a range of symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, low labido, sexual dysfunction, and can sometimes lead to conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease, and dementia. To combat these, HRT replenishes the hormones that your body no longer makes in sufficient amounts, restoring hormonal balance to your body and allowing you to experience an extraordinary quality of life again.