Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone and is responsible for development and regulation of the female reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics.
Women typically begin to experience estrogen deficiency immediately after a hysterectomy or removal of ovaries and when they begin to enter menopause. Symptoms of estrogen deficiency include: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and decreased mood. The benefits of bio-identical estrogen replacement therapy include: relief of hot flashes and/or night sweats, relief of vaginal dryness and thinning, reduced risks of osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and can increase your life expectancy an average of 3 years.
Keep in mind; we only prescribe bio-identical estrogens. The use of synthetic, oral, non bio-identical hormone medications like Premarin can be harmful to your health and may have negative side effects. In the overwhelming majority of cases, we prescribe Bio-Identical Progesterone along with Estrogen. This will counteract potential Estrogen dominance and reduce the risk of any potential side effects or long term health risks.