Do you have symptoms of menopause such as dry itchy skin moodiness and irritability, insomnia, weight gain, hair loss, hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido and motivation and forgetfulness? If you answered yes, then estrogen replacement therapy may be right for you.
There are many benefits to estrogen replacement therapy such as:
- Estrogen replacement can relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal and skin dryness, and hair and memory loss
- Lower cholesterol
- Increase bone mass
- Improve energy and mood
There are many types of estrogen replacement therapy and the route of administration can alter the side effects. Each type has its risk and benefits.
- Estrogen given orally may increase your risk of blood clots, however giving it through the skin can greatly reduce this risk.
- Synthetic estrogen may increase the risk of spasms of the arteries that feed your heart and other organs. However with bioidentical estrogen replacement the risk is greatly reduced.
Diet, lifestyle and environmental toxins can also affect estrogen replacement therapy. Adhering to a hormone friendly diet and avoiding environmental toxins can greatly enhance the effects. Estrogen can be metabolized to toxic forms and these metabolites can be greatly reduced with appropriate diet and supplementation.
There is a lot to consider when choosing a doctor for estrogen replacement . Be sure to find someone who can address all of the aspects that affect your hormones and reduce any unwanted effects.