The most well-known women’s sex hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. They play a critical role in reproductive health, including libido, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. When there is a disruption in these or any other hormones in the body, a cascade of health problems can ensue. At [dm-name], we will focus on your needs, as a woman, and help treat the source of any symptoms you are experiencing.
Estrogen is predominantly produced in the ovaries, but small amounts come from the adrenal glands and fat cells, as well as the placenta during pregnancy. Estrogen is vital for puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. It also affects the brain, skin, hair, urinary tract, cardiovascular system, and musculoskeletal system.
Progesterone is produced in the ovaries after ovulation and is also made by the placenta during pregnancy. Although its role is more specialized to aid in the menstrual cycle, it is a crucial hormone, and imbalance can affect uterine lining, pregnancy, and estrogen production after ovulation.
Although testosterone is considered a male hormone, it still plays a small but vital role in women’s health and is produced in tiny amounts in the adrenal glands and ovaries. It is an essential hormone for libido, regulation of menstrual cycles, as well as bone and muscle strength.
When any of these hormones are out of balance, it is important to return them to homeostasis. Women’s needs for each of these hormones fluctuate throughout life due to puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and even throughout the menstrual cycle each month. As menopause approaches, hormone production in the ovaries begins to slow down – estrogen begins to fluctuate more, and progesterone levels steadily decline. This typically happens around the age of 50 but can vary widely between individuals.
Symptoms that are common with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, weight gain, sleep issues, and low libido can be dramatically improved with BHRT. For many other conditions, BHRT can improve vitality, energy, mental clarity, mood, weight loss, and even muscle strength!