A Balancing Act
Despite the fact that it seems to be an expected part of the aging process, a hormone imbalance is never something to be taken lightly. While much of traditional medicine focuses on replacing estrogen, progesterone is actually the first of the hormones that suffers a decline in production as a woman ages. As a preventative player in the balancing act that keeps estrogen levels in check, progesterone is crucial to the body’s ability to resist an over dominant presence of estrogen.
Any decline in progesterone production can cause a number of negative effects to your health, the most common of which include:
- Changes in the menstrual cycle and increases in spotting
- Heightened levels of anxiety
- Hot flashes
- Pain and discomfort in the gastrointestinal system
- Development of acne
- Darkened skin on the face in areas exposed to sunlight
- Greater accumulation of fat cells, specifically in the abdomen, the thighs, and the hips
Calling in the Replacements
In order to treat a hormone imbalance, most urogynecologists and other women’s health specialists recommend using some form of hormone replacement therapy. While synthetic formulations exist and are commonly used in traditional medical practice, the most beneficial type of hormone replacement therapies is bioidentical hormones.
What can bioidentical hormones do? Unlike synthetic counterparts such as progestin, a commonly known synthetic replacement for progesterone, bioidentical hormones are a more natural alternative that exactly replicate the molecular structure of biologically produced estrogen and progesterone. Because they are more closely identifiable by the body, bioidentical hormones work more seamlessly with the body’s own chemicals to achieve the needed balance between estrogen and progesterone and treat any conditions resulting from an existing imbalance. Once that balance is reached and maintained, there is a marked increase in energy levels; greater sex drive; decreased risk of breast cancer; decreased stress and anxiety levels; and fewer changes in the mood. Simply put, balancing the hormones greatly improves a woman’s quality of life as well as her mental and physical health.
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