Women: How Hormones Affect Your Body
Psychologists and neuroscientists believe that depression commonly affects women experiencing menopause due to hormonal fluctuations interacting with life events arising at that period in a woman’s life. Dramatic reductions in the amount of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone within a woman’s endocrine system promote feelings of sadness, insecurity and anxiety.1,2
In addition, many perimenopausal women in their late 40’s are dealing with ordeals such as children leaving home, divorce, and the realization that they can no longer have children. Prolonged stress from trying to cope with all these changes, exacerbated by the rise and fall of hormones, often results in debilitating depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances.3
Depression is a stressful medical disease initiated by disruption of normal neurotransmitter levels in the brain and reduced levels of estrogen. When the brain and body sense they are constantly under “attack,” or stressed, the endocrine system floods the body with two major stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. Ongoing research has discovered prolonged release of cortisol and adrenaline can cause numerous psychological and physical health problems that include4:
- Reduced memory, learning and concentration
- Increased blood pressure
- High cholesterol/heart disease
- Depression, anxiety, and moodiness
- Aggravate symptoms of menopause, especially hot flashes, night sweats and heart palpitations
Without the mitigating influence of estrogen, women suffering menopausal depression due to reduced levels of hormones could experience additional health issues that significantly compromise their quality of life.
And even though many women don’t consider it, testosterone is another of the most influential and vital hormones in the women’s body, essential not only for muscle mass, strength, determining fat dispersal throughout the body, and bone density; but also for women’s sex drive, energy levels, and mood.4 Considered an anabolic steroid, testosterone is present in both males and females, although more predominately males.
Healthy brain functioning requires testosterone because it directly affects serotonin levels, the main neurotransmitter influencing mood, appetite, sleep, libido, anxiety and depression. Adequate levels of testosterone may also help reduce bad cholesterol and elevate human growth hormone levels, in addition to regulating blood pressure, correcting abnormal heart rhythms, building muscle mass and reducing body fat.5
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
When research studies began revealing the harmful side effects of synthetic hormone therapy over 20 years ago–specifically, an increased risk of developing breast cancer, stroke and heart disease–scientists began exploring the potential for implementing phytochemicals in creating hormones that mimicked the molecular structure of our body’s natural hormones.
We now know through extensive medical studies that bioidentical hormone therapy is much safer and more effective than hormone therapy using synthetic, animal-based hormones.6
In addition, bioidentical hormones do not promote plaque formation, a medical condition correlated with synthetic progestin use.7 Composed of fat, calcium, and cholesterol, plaque clings to inner arterial walls over time, making arteries hard, narrow and restrictive to blood flow. Consequences of plaque accumulation include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Women and men choosing BHRT over synthetic hormone therapy report enjoying relief from8:
- Severe hot flashes/night sweats
- Headaches and migraines
- Insomnia/sleep disturbances
- Memory problems/”fuzzy” thinking
- Loss of muscle strength
- Loss of libido
Why are Synthetic Hormones Harmful to the Body?
Certain cells are structured in a way to accept and recognize the chemical and molecular composition of hormones that are naturally produced by the endocrine system. When cell receptors encounter foreign substances like equine-based hormones, they react much like oil and water react when combined–they resist and repel each other because they are simply not compatible. Any substance introduced into the bloodstream that is incompatible with the body’s chemical composition will provoke systemic reactions ranging from severe depression/anxiety and cardiovascular disorders to unpredictable cell functioning indicative of cancer development.9
It’s Never Too Late to Start Benefiting from Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Research involving the benefits of BHRT has discovered that synthetic progestins are associated with psychological, metabolic and vascular side effects that can be reversed by using natural progesterone.10 This means that even if someone has been taking synthetic hormones, switching to bioidentical hormones will immediately stop the damage being done by synthetic hormones to begin providing the body with the natural health advantages offered by BHRT.
BHRT hormones are made from plant extracts, are completely natural, and are the same molecular structure of the hormones in the body. They are far less likely to have any serious side effects if properly administered.
Bio-identical pellet hormones are placed under the skin, allowing the body to gradually absorb the required dosage, allowing the body to maintain the therapeutic dose you need.
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