- Causes breast simulation that can lead to breast cancer/ Protects against fibrocystic breast and prevents breast cancer
- Increases blood clot risk/Normalizes blood clotting
- Increases body fat/ Helps use fat for energy
- Increases endometrial cancer risk/Prevents endometrial cancer
- Reduces vascular tone/ Restores vascular tone
- Slows bone breakdown/ Promotes bone growth.
- Thins the endometrium/ Stops bleeding
While sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone decline with age gradually, there is a drastic change in the rate of decline for these two hormones during the perimenopause and menopausal years for women. During the ages of 35 to 50, the production of progesterone decrease seventy-five percent, while estrogen only declines approximately thirty-five percent. The volume of progesterone is scarce, whereas estrogen is present at around half its pre-menopausal level, by the time menopause begins.
After ovulation desists, progesterone is only created by the adrenal gland in a small scale. The steady decrease in estrogen and the drastic drop in progesterone create an unbalance level of progesterone and estrogen. The lack of progesterone to neutralize the volume of estrogen in the body is called estrogen dominance.
Many women in their mid-thirties, most women during perimenopause (mid-forties), and essentially all women during menopause (age 50 and beyond) are overloaded with estrogen and at the same time suffering from progesterone deficiency because of the severe drop in physiological production during this period. Menopause, with its drastic drop in estrogen and progesterone requires special consideration. Hormone replacement is vital to your health, vitality and longevity.
Other causes of estrogen dominance include environmental estrogen exposure, obesity, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and incorrect hormone replacement. Adrenal and thyroid dysfunction can also contribute to the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. If you feel you are experiencing these symptoms, complete the symptom questionnaire prior to your appointment. Based on your symptoms, saliva testing may be recommended. Therapy using high quality bio-identical hormones is available.
Testosterone is another hormone produced by both the ovaries and adrenal glands. Levels of this hormone peak at about age 23 in women. After that, there is a 2-3 percent drop each year in testosterone production. Many of the common complaints of tiredness, low motivation, trouble sleeping, and loss of sexual interest can be related to low testosterone. See my article on testosterone therapy using bio-identical pellets.
Raj K. Syal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.