Every human body produces hormones. Some hormone production increases from birth to the young adult stage. Then the body slowly reduces the amount of hormones that are produced.
Decreased libido, less energy in general and unhappy side effects result from your body producing less. I’m a member of The North American Menopause Society and they have a great article Changes in Hormone Levels, which discusses how menopause affects women in particular.
I have found that a lot of women don’t realize they produce testosterone, just as many men don’t realize they produce estrogen! “The fact that estrogen declines more than testosterone leads some to believe that libido should not decline at menopause. The decline in testosterone in women is solely age-related, not menopause-related, and begins years before perimenopause,” the article says. I want to add an important side note here: You DON’T HAVE TO BE IN YOUR 40s or 50s to be having symptoms of hormonal deficiencies! Women are experiencing menopausal symptoms at younger and younger ages. Not only that, in the past 3-5 years or so, it seems I have seen more and more women in their late 30s who are by “normal medical definition” not just in perimenopause but, IN MENOPAUSE! Why is this? Our modern diet, use of plastics, pesticides, antibiotics used in animals processed for our food, the environmental toxins we are exposed to daily….these all combine to make up the perfect storm for hormone disruption.
Enter biodentical hormones. Biodentical is a fairly new word combined from two other words: Bio meaning life and identical meaning, well, identical.
Biodenticals are made from plants like the wild yam and soybean. The hormones derived from these plants are chemically identical to what your body produces. In other words, your metabolism can’t tell the difference between the hormones you produce and the hormones created with plants.
This is quite different from synthetic hormones, studied in the Women’s Health Initiative study. Harvard Health Publications reports “The trial was stopped early, in 2002, because hormone users had a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots. “
At Dr. Scott’s, we specialize in bioidentical hormone therapy. We make sure what you get is the highest quality and is made under the most exacting standards. Your safety is our highest priority!
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