A Balancing Act
The most dominant hormones in women are estrogen and progesterone, and as a woman ages, she is likely to experience a hormone imbalance. Imbalances in your body’s levels of estrogen or progesterone can have great impact on the quality of your life, causing such symptoms as mood swings, low libido, low energy, weight gain, depression, and even low immune function. Fortunately, having a hormone imbalance is treatable through bioidentical hormone replacement, which uses exact copies of natural hormones to replace deficiencies in the body’s production of these hormones. A urogynecologist or other specialist will need to run lab tests to properly diagnose a hormone imbalance; and while some simply rely on blood tests to look for signs, more accurate results can be achieved through testing the saliva.
The Factor of E
Most women are familiar with estrogen, and it’s the first hormone that pops into their heads when they think “female hormone.” Still, unless you’ve studied up on everything it does, you may not be aware of all of the ways that it affects you. To simplify things a bit, estrogen prepares your body for pregnancy and childbirth. It also keeps the reproductive organs well-developed and moisturized, guards the bones, helps prevent high blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, and lowers high insulin. Unfortunately, estrogen also has its fair share of negatives when an imbalance exists and it overrides testosterone’s ability to keep it in check. Among them are increased body fat, retention of water and salt, depression, headaches, formation of blood clots, gallbladder disease, overgrowth of breast tissue or endometrial lining, and imbalances in insulin levels.
Mind Your P’s…
Progesterone, on the other hand, is not a hormone that trips lightly off the tongue in general conversation. Without it, however, daily life is affected in more ways than you may realize. Among other things, progesterone protects the lining of the uterus and ensures its proper function; helps prevent fluid retention; and assists the body in using fat for energy. It also fights depression, helps prevent disordered sleep, regulates insulin levels and blood sugar, and helps maintain a healthy sex drive.
To learn about unbalanced progesterone levels and explore the benefits of using bio identical hormones to treat a hormone imbalance, read Part II.
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