6 Common Female Problems Hormone Therapy Helps
Hormones are the body’s chemical “messengers” that help control the processes of virtually all of the body’s cells and organs. Hormone levels naturally fluctuate at various periods during a woman’s life, including adolescence, before menstruation starts, during pregnancy, and throughout peri-menopause and menopause.
Emotional and physical stress, environmental factors, certain medicines, and many health disorders or illnesses can also adversely affect hormone levels. Therefore, when a patient is demonstrating physical, mental, emotional or sexual problems it is important to determine if there is an underlying hormone imbalance.
In this article the hormone replacement experts at AMAE in Oakland County discuss 6 of the most common women’s health problems that can be remedied with hormone replacement therapy.
#1. Hormone Therapy for Weight Gain
During the hormonal changes of menopause, a woman often gains weight. During menopause, low estrogen levels can promote fat storage in the belly in the form of visceral fat – which is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and many other health problems.
Additionally, increased levels of the hormone leptin can stimulate appetite. Similarly, thyroid hormone deficiency can cause the body’s ability to burn calories to slow down which leads to weight gain.
Hormone Therapy can replace low estrogen and other missing hormones to help prevent weight gain during menopause.
#2. Hormone Therapy for Sleep Disorders
A hormone imbalance may also be at work if you find that you can’t sleep, you’re not getting enough sleep, or your sleep does not leave you rested. Progesterone is a female hormone that is produced by the ovaries which aids a woman in getting restful sleep. But when progesterone levels drop during a woman’s menstrual cycle or menopause, a woman may have difficulty getting sufficient sleep.
Low estrogen levels may also cause hot flashes and night sweats, which can also make it impossible for a woman to get the rest she needs.
Hormone Therapy can replace declining progesterone and other missing hormones to help restore restful sleep.
#3. Hormone Therapy for Dry Skin
Female hormones support the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid which plumps and hydrates the skin. So hormonal deficiencies can result in dehydration of the skin and other tissues in the body – causing skin to become thinner and be unable to retain sufficient moisture.
Female hormone replacement therapy can help retore youthful plumpness and hydration to the skin – helping to stave off wrinkles and lines and maintain a more youthful appearance.
#4. Hormone Therapy for Concentration & Memory
The precise processes by which hormones affect the brain are still not fully understood – but medical researchers do know that fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels can make the brain feel “foggy” and impair memory function.
This is why problems with attention, mental clarity and memory are prevalent during perimenopause and menopause. Other hormonal disorders, such as a thyroid illness, can also impact concentration.
Our female hormone therapy patients report dramatically improved memory and concentration once their hormone levels have been brought into balance with BHRT.
#5. Hormone Therapy for Low Energy
Fatigue is also a common sign of hormonal decline. Too much progesterone in may cause sleepiness – while a testosterone deficiency can result in a lack of energy. Additionally, if the thyroid gland produces insufficient thyroid hormone, the body’s metabolism may slow down vitality.
But Hormone Therapy can help restore a woman’s energy and vitality – so she feels younger and can be more active.
#6. Hormone Therapy for Low Sex Drive
Many women believe that a loss of libido is simply a natural part of aging. But it doesn’t have to be! Decreased sex drive is often the result of declining sex hormones – especially during peri-menopause and menopause.
While most people think testosterone is only a male hormone, it is produced by female bodies as well. And if a woman’s testosterone levels are too low, the woman may have a decreased interest in sex.
Thankfully, hormone replacement therapy can restore both libido and sexual performance, as well as sexual enjoyment and satisfaction in most women!
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