Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can seriously affect your hormones, requiring counteractive hormone care.
If you are one of the many women struggling with hormone imbalance, it may feel like your hormones are out of your control. But what if there was an invisible source influencing them— something in your environment? Our environment is filled with toxins that can harm our health, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are among the most common. We come into contact with these chemicals daily, and they can have profound effects on our hormones, from increasing inflammation to negatively impacting reproductive health.
Today, we will look at several common EDCs and their toxic impact on hormonal health. By educating yourself and creating a plan to counteract these harmful effects, such as making lifestyle changes or undergoing hormone replacement therapy, you can help restore your hormonal balance and overall well-being. You can count on our team at HerKare for women’s hormone care that puts your health first. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
You Are Surrounded by Toxins Every Day
EDCs are harmful substances that can be found in a lot of everyday products that we use such as medicines, cosmetics, and plastic food packaging. What’s frightening is that even small doses of these toxins can be extremely harmful to our bodies, often affecting us in ways that we cannot see or feel. Whether through the skin, digestive system, or respiratory system, these toxins have the ability to penetrate our bodies unnoticed. It is important to have a better understanding of the sources of toxins in our environment so you can understand what could be impacting your hormonal balance.
Many Toxins Disrupt Your Endocrine System and Hormones
We live in a world full of chemicals. Everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat is contaminated to some degree or another. While many of these substances are fairly harmless, there is a wide range of chemicals that can cause serious damage to our hormonal and endocrine systems, disrupting the way our bodies function on a fundamental level. The prevalence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in our daily lives is startling. With over 800 products classified as EDCs, it’s become increasingly difficult to avoid exposure to these toxic substances.
From pesticides to everyday household products, we need to take action to protect our health from this threat, particularly when it comes to their impact on our hormones and reproductive systems. Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, and Atrazine are just some of the commonly used chemicals that fall under this category, and their effects can be devastating.
- Bisphenol A (BPA): The production of BPA has steadily grown in recent years on account of its multiple applications in the plastic and manufacturing industries, such as food packaging. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that binds to estrogen receptors.
- Phthalates: This is a large group of chemical compounds frequently used in plastic coatings and cosmetics. These chemicals are banned in the EU but are legal in the US. They alter the development and function of the hormone-dependent structures of the reproductive system.
- Atrazine: This chemical is largely used in agriculture as a herbicide to reduce the growth of leaves and weeds in wheat, soy, and sugar cane. Atrazine alters how the central nervous system produces hormones.
EDCs are increasingly pervasive and can significantly impact endocrine processes, including hormone production and balance. As part of our hormone care, we should all educate ourselves on the harmful impact of EDCs and take steps to limit our exposure to them.
Women Exposed Regularly to EDCs Have a Higher Chance of Developing PCOS or Endometriosis
Recent studies have found that women who are regularly exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemical compounds may have an increased risk of developing hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis.
PCOS is characterized by symptoms such as:
- Irregular periods
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Excess facial and body hair
- Severe acne
Endometriosis symptoms include:
- Severe cramping or lower back/abdominal pain during periods
- Heavy bleeding
Because these conditions can be very difficult to manage, you should know about the potential risks associated with certain chemicals and take steps to minimize your exposure to them. By making informed choices about the daily products you use, you can reduce your risk of developing serious health problems.
Offsetting the Harmful Effects of Hormonal Disruption on Your Body
Women’s hormone care has become increasingly important due to the harmful effects of hormonal disruption caused by various environmental toxins. While it may seem overwhelming, there are several practical methods to offset these negative effects in your day to day life.
To start, you can restore your natural hormonal levels with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to help bring your body back into balance. Going forward, you can help support this balance in several ways. Reducing the use of plastic in your home is a simple yet effective way to limit your exposure to harmful BPA and phthalates. Choosing to purchase organic food can reduce your exposure to atrazine. You can also opt for natural personal care and cleaning products that are chemical-free. These changes will help you take control of your hormone care and promote a healthier, more balanced life.
Restore Balance with Women’s Hormone Care
If you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance, you can help protect your body with targeted women’s hormone care. Contact our team HerKare today to talk about how you can restore your natural hormone balance with HRT. When it comes to your health and well-being, there’s no substitute for feeling your best. We can help provide relief from symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances. Schedule an appointment today.
Experiencing a hormone imbalance can be difficult and frustrating. Hormone replacement therapy can help target unwanted symptoms. However, some treatment methods, like hormone pellets, may not deliver the results you need. In fact, they may even make the situation worse.
Hormone pellets are made up of a mix of hormones, which may or may not be the right dosage you need. The uncertainty of dosage could mean your symptoms don’t change, or even add new side effects to what you are already experiencing. Plus, since you only receive hormone pellets every three months, you may have to endure these symptoms for weeks before trying a new compound mix.
We can help you find a safe, effective hormone replacement therapy treatment that will give you relief from your symptoms while keeping your health a priority. Book an appointment today to talk about your options.
Hormone Pellets Pose a Greater Risk Than You Realize
A common method of HRT is hormone pellets, which are tiny, rice-sized capsules containing a mix of hormones. These capsules are inserted under the skin through a surgical incision and slowly dissolve over the next 90 days, releasing the hormones into your body.
While the method may seem straightforward, it’s important for you to be aware that hormone pellets may actually pose a greater risk to your health than other forms of HRT. A recent study published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society observed that women who used hormone pellets were much more likely to experience side effects like mood swings, anxiety, hair pattern change, acne, and weight gain.
You should consult with an experienced healthcare provider and carefully weigh the risks of hormone pellets before deciding on the best course of treatment for you.
Pellets Contain Unregulated Compounds of Hormones
Hormone pellets are made of a mix of hormones in varying doses, which means it’s very difficult to find the right amount for your body that will actually help improve your symptoms..
Hormone pellets contain a mix, or compound, of various hormones. The risk of a compounded hormone means that there are now multiple sources for adverse drug effects, making it difficult to identify which element in the compound was responsible for the reaction.
Hormone pellets are prepared by compounding pharmacies. These types of pharmacies are not the same as a pharmacy you would find in Walgreens or CVS. All drugs sold in these pharmacies must be approved and regulated by the FDA.
However, compounded drugs are not FDA-approved and have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or quality. This means that the mix of hormones you are putting in your body hasn’t had to go through a rigorous review process. Sadly, there have been hundreds of cases of infection and dozens of death caused over the years by contaminated or poorly compounded drugs.
Compound Amounts May be Based on Inaccurate Testing
The main selling point for hormone pellets is that they have a custom compound of hormones specific to your body’s individual needs. They claim that it will provide the proper amount of hormones you need to rebalance your levels. The problem is, most of these “custom formulas” are based on a saliva test that you completed.
In recent years, many clinics have begun using saliva tests to check hormone levels, as it’s an easier and less costly procedure for them. However, a saliva test can’t be trusted when it comes to accurately determining hormone levels. Experts at the North American Menopause Society say that saliva tests have not yet been proven to be accurate or reliable. A blood test is still the best option for checking your hormone levels. Blood testing is an established, reliable process for measuring the amount of hormones in your body.
Every Woman’s Body Handles Medication Differently
Determining your required hormone dosage requires a precise calculation. For hormone pellets, this includes incorporating a calculation of your absorption and titration rates.
Absorption is the way the hormones are absorbed from the pellet into your bloodstream. Many factors can affect your absorption rate, such as slow metabolism, poor sleep, high blood pressure, or stomach conditions. Titration is the process of adjusting the dose to find the ideal amount that maximizes benefits and minimizes adverse effects. Your titration starting point requires a close examination of multiple factors including your age, weight, immune system, allergies, existing health conditions, current medications, and general biochemistry.
What makes this a serious challenge is that absorption and titration are not a one-size-fits-all equation. Everyone’s body handles medication differently, making it nearly impossible to correctly calculate your dosage for each hormone. Add the concept of mixing multiple hormones into one pellet—a mix based on an unproven test—and the complexity escalates quickly.
Unfortunately, this means finding the right balance of hormones for you is almost impossible. With no way to test how individual mixes of hormones affects you, there is a high possibility that you will not receive the correct amounts of hormones. Too little, and your hormonal symptoms may remain unchanged. Too much, and you may experience new side effects on top of everything else.
One of the most significant issues with hormone pellets is their 90-day window, the length of time it takes for your body to completely absorb the pellets. If your dosage isn’t correct and you are suffering from ongoing symptoms or side effects, you have to wait three months before trying a new compound mixture. Consequently, achieving hormone balance with pellets can require months of trial and error.
Your Hormone Levels Fluctuate for Three Months After Treatment
After being treated with hormone pellets, you can expect fluctuations in your hormone levels over the next three months. Pellets release hormones gradually over time. This will cause initial spikes in hormone levels at the beginning, followed by a slow decline as the pellets are depleted. By the time you get to the end of the 90 days, your hormone levels may even drop below your baseline level.
This fluctuation can cause unpredictable symptom swings. You may find yourself feeling great one day and struggling with symptoms the next. After actively pursuing treatment to feel better, you may find yourself feeling even more frustrated than before you started.
Surgical Incisions Required for Hormone Pellets Could Develop Problems
One potential risk factor to note with hormone pellets is the surgical incision required. The incision is about 5 to 7 mm wide and 8 to 10 mm deep, and is usually made on your upper hip or lower abdomen. The provider performing the incision uses a sharp blade to cut thoroughly through your subcuticular tissue so there is no resistance for the implant device, called a trocar. The incision must reach your subcutaneous fat layer under your skin in order to deposit the pellets in the correct area. If the pellets are deposited too close to the skin, it will cause increased discomfort for you. The trocar is then inserted approximately 4 cm into the fat layer and releases the pellets. The incision is then held closed with skin tape.
After the procedure, you will have limitations on your activities in order to prevent reopening the incision or exposing it to infection. You should not immerse the incision site in water such as hot tubs, bathtubs, or swimming pools for five days. It is recommended to avoid movement such as squats, deep bending, cycling, or other heavy exercise for at least three days.
The incision site may be swollen for around three days after the procedure. It can be uncomfortable for up to ten days, and can take up to two weeks to fully heal. However, other health conditions and some types of medications, such as blood thinners and antibiotics, mean that it could take much longer to fully heal. During this time, you would need to continuously monitor and clean the incision to prevent an infection from developing, which would then require further treatment to manage before it gets worse.
Going through an invasive surgical incision procedure, healing process, and risk of infection every three months is a serious downside to hormone pellets. Fortunately, there are other hormone replacement therapy methods that are much less intimidating.
Bioidentical Hormone Injections are Safe and Effective
Hormonal imbalances can be a hindrance to living a healthy, active life. Our bioidentical hormone injections are an effective option to treat your imbalance. These hormones are natural, not synthetic. Your body adapts to them more easily because it reads them as being the same as the hormones you naturally produce.
With injections, it is easier to regulate and measure the precise amount of hormones you are receiving. And since they are injected directly into your bloodstream, your body is better able to absorb these hormones quickly and effectively. With our expertise in HRT, we can help restore balance to your body and get you back to feeling like your best self.
Hormone Replacement Solutions for You from HerKare
We take a personalized approach to treatment, ensuring that each patient receives a tailored plan that meets their unique needs. Our team recognizes the complexity of hormone imbalance and can help find the optimal treatment for you. If you have been struggling with the uncomfortable symptoms of hormonal imbalance, contact us now to schedule an appointment.
After age 45, women become much more susceptible to developing high blood pressure. This is directly linked to reduced levels of estrogen during perimenopause, a time when many women turn to hormone replacement. Estrogen helps promote blood flow through your body by keeping blood vessels open, so when your estrogen decreases, your blood vessels can constrict. Because your veins and arteries are now narrowed, your heart is forced to pump your blood with more effort than normal.
Not only does raising your estrogen levels lower your risk of hypertension, but you can also benefit from the many other effects of balanced estrogen, like sleeping better and improving weight loss. It is quite common for hormones to become imbalanced, especially before menopause. This imbalance can be caused by even very small changes in how many hormones your body produces.
If you’re struggling with high blood pressure along with other menopause symptoms, get in touch with our team to schedule an appointment. We can help you treat your symptoms and get back to normal as soon as possible.
Estrogen Plays a Key Role in Your Body
Estrogen has a vital role in women’s bodies. As a primary sex hormone, one of its main jobs is to regulate the reproductive system. But its role doesn’t stop there. Normal levels of estrogen help to:
- Control cholesterol levels
- Maintain bone density
- Boost mood
- Reduce blood vessel inflammation
- Protect urinary tract
- Sustain cognitive function
- Preserve youthful skin and hair
Low levels of estrogen can lead to various health issues, including osteoporosis, mood swings, and hot flashes. Our team of healthcare providers can help manage these risks and symptoms through women’s hormone care. We will work with you to determine the optimal treatment options for your individual needs.
Estrogen Hormone Replacement Helps Keep Blood Pressure Low
Hormone replacement therapy helps offset decreased estrogen, helping to lower blood pressure and the risk of developing hypertension.
Estrogen has a vasodilative effect, meaning it helps keep the blood vessels open. This effect is particularly important for cardiovascular health. Lower blood pressure means a healthier heart and a reduced risk of heart disease. Research shows that complications from heart disease are the leading cause of death in women in the United States. These findings underscore the importance of a healthy hormonal balance in maintaining overall cardiovascular health.
By age 65 or 70, more women have high blood pressure than men. Women experiencing a decrease in estrogen production may not realize the potential corresponding rise in blood pressure and risk of developing hypertension. Some of the possible negative outcomes of hypertension could include:
- Heart attack and stroke. Deposits of plaque can narrow or block your arteries and could lead to blood clots. Blood clots can flow to your heart or brain, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. One study showed that a woman’s risk of having a heart attack is five times higher after menopause than before.
- Heart failure. Your heart has to work harder to circulate your blood, causing your heart to become larger and fail to supply your organs with blood.
- Hypertensive crisis. This is a medical emergency that causes your blood pressure to rapidly rise above 180/120.
- Chest pain. This happens when the heart doesn’t get the blood it needs. When people with high blood pressure walk uphill or exercise, angina can cause pressure or pain in the chest.
- Kidney damage. Your kidneys help your body dispose of toxins and regulate many complex functions in the body. When they get damaged by high blood pressure, it reduces their efficiency and could lead to kidney failure.
- Vision problems. Because your eyes are full of small blood vessels, they can be strained by high blood pressure. If left untreated, it can cause permanent vision loss.
By keeping track of your blood pressure and taking steps to manage it, you can decrease your risk of hypertension and keep your heart healthy. It’s important to stay on top of your health and make sure you’re informed on all the changes that happen during menopause.
Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Blood Pressure
Maintaining healthy blood pressure is crucial for women, especially as estrogen levels start to drop due to menopause. Women experiencing high blood pressure should take this condition seriously. Lifestyle changes can help. These tips can help reduce blood pressure levels and lower the risk of serious health conditions.
First, eating a well-balanced diet is essential. Incorporate foods that are low in sodium and high in potassium. Make time for low-impact, regular exercise such as walking, swimming, or cycling. Yoga or meditation can be great stress relievers, which can help keep your blood pressure down. Additionally, getting regular check-ups from your healthcare provider and taking any prescribed medication as directed is key. This may include HRT to help you take control of your blood pressure and overall health.
Hormone Replacement Therapy to Restore Estrogen Levels
HRT is a safe and effective option for many women experiencing symptoms of menopause. Our providers prescribe FDA-approved bioidentical hormone therapy rather than synthetic hormones, as they’re identical to the type of hormones your body produces. We may recommend estrogen replacement therapy, with or without progesterone.
If you’ve had a hysterectomy and no longer have a uterus, then we may prescribe estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy. This can treat your symptoms with few side effects and health risks.
If you still have your uterus, then you will receive combination therapy. This means the hormone imbalance treatment includes both estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone is necessary to keep endometrium (the lining of the uterus) growth in check to reduce the risk of uterine cancer.
Your Hormone Replacement Options with HerKare
HerKare is here to provide personalized women’s hormone care. We offer an effective and safe way to support you with hormone replacement therapy. Reach out today and talk to a provider about how we can help with your hormonal care!
Difficulty sleeping, irregular periods, mood swings, unexpected weight gain—if this sounds like you, it could be a hormonal imbalance. It might seem unlikely, but hormonal imbalance among young women is actually fairly common. Studies show that up to 80% of women experience hormonal imbalance in their lifetime. Because many of these imbalances are undiagnosed, some women may go through years of suffering symptoms without knowing why.
In this article, we’ll discuss the symptoms of a hormone imbalance, reasons why it might be happening to you, and how to get your balance back.
Many of us associate hormone imbalances with menopause, but it can actually happen at any time in your life. Hormone imbalances as a young woman can be confusing and frustrating, but we’re here to help you find answers. Make an appointment now to speak with our team about hormone replacement therapy options.
Hormonal Imbalance in Young Women
Women in their 20s or 30s may experience hormonal imbalance long before menopause.
Early menopause is when a woman experiences menopause before age 45 and is one possible reason why you might suffer from hormone imbalance symptoms in your 20s and 30s. Early menopause only occurs in about 5% of women. However, younger women can still experience hormonal imbalance outside of the context of menopause.
Hormonal imbalance refers to the disruption of the normal balance of hormones in your body. One of the most common imbalances for women is when estrogen and progesterone are not balanced properly.
Progesterone and estrogen work together and are very important for your body. Estrogen affects mood, sleep, and libido, and also helps maintain bone density and healthy skin. Progesterone helps regulate the effects of estrogen on your body and regulates your period.
As a woman, you should always listen to your body. Get help if you notice any changes in your menstrual cycle or start to experience more symptoms of hormonal imbalance. If left untreated, hormonal imbalances can lead to more serious health issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis.
Balancing your hormones may sound complicated, but we’re here to help you find the right treatment so you can feel more like yourself again.
Common Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
When hormone levels are not balanced, it can lead to a multitude of symptoms that can negatively impact your quality of life. Even small changes in your hormone levels can have a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being.
Some common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:
- Mood swings: Mood swings happen when serotonin levels rise and fall rapidly. Estrogen and progesterone control serotonin production levels, so when they are off balance, your serotonin levels will be, too.
- Fatigue: If you frequently feel more tired than usual, despite getting good sleep at night and eating well, it could be due to a hormonal imbalance.
- Difficulty sleeping: Imbalanced hormones can cause insomnia, and sleep deprivation can affect hormone levels, creating an ongoing cycle of sleepless nights.
- Acne: Hormonal fluctuations can cause breakouts, often on the lower part of the face like the jawline, chin and bottom of the cheeks.
- Weight gain: Because hormones play a major role in controlling your appetite, metabolism, and body fat distribution, a change in their normal level can lead to excess weight gain.
- Irregular, heavy, or painful periods: A hormone imbalance can change the regularity of your cycle and can cause your body to make the uterine lining too thick, leading to heavy menstrual bleeding.
Keep in mind that these symptoms can also be impacted by other life factors, including stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, and genetics, so it’s important to get a proper assessment of your hormone levels to determine if they are the key contributing factor.
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance in your 20s and 30s
A hormonal imbalance has a domino effect in your body that can lead to a wide range of long-term health problems, such as greater risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis. Unbalanced hormone levels are also the number one cause of infertility in women.
There are several factors that can trigger hormonal imbalance such as stress, poor diet, and certain medications. Hormonal imbalances also often occur during natural cycles in your life like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
Another cause of hormonal imbalance is endocrine disorders such as PCOS. This disorder causes cysts to grow on your ovaries because your adrenal glands are producing more testosterone than normal. Typical symptoms include irregular periods, thinning hair, oily skin, and infertility.
Low thyroid is a common reason for hormone imbalance in women. When you have an underactive thyroid, your metabolism slows down and you feel more tired than usual. Hormone replacement is usually used to treat low thyroid. Without treatment, low thyroid can lead to complications such as heart disease or pregnancy problems.
Treating Hormonal Imbalance with Hormone Replacement Therapy or Other Medication
Hormone replacement therapy gives you relief from symptoms caused by imbalanced hormones. When you take them regularly, they help replenish your body’s natural hormone levels so you feel more like yourself again.
Depending on what your body needs, you can take bioidentical hormones to help your body stabilize its estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, or thyroid levels. The hormones we administer are all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about filling your body with synthetic hormones.
Birth control medication is a common option for women who want to keep hormonal symptoms from fluctuating month to month, such as those who have been diagnosed with PCOS. However, this type of medication may not be an option for some women due to their individual needs. That’s why it’s important to learn all the options to find the right treatment for you.
Help Balance Your Hormones with Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Maintaining hormonal balance is crucial for overall well-being. Hormones play a vital role in your body, from sleep cycles to metabolism. However, factors such as stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise can upset your balance, leading to a range of health issues.
Implementing healthy lifestyle changes can be immensely beneficial. Some of the ways you can promote healthy hormone balance include:
- Eating a nutrient-rich diet
- Engaging in regular physical activity
- Reducing stress levels
- Getting adequate sleep
- Practicing self-care
By making these small yet impactful changes, you’re not only helping to improve your hormonal balance, but your overall quality of life, too. We can help you identify what changes or support you need for your overall wellness.
We’re Here to Help You Find Answers and Feel Better
You might have a hormonal imbalance if you’re experiencing symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, acne, or weight gain. Our team understands the importance of balancing your hormones. We can help you identify the root cause of your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
We know it can be exasperating to have hormone issues when you are in your 20s and 30s. That’s why we’re here to help. Our approach involves a thorough assessment of what your body needs, and the best treatment options to help get your balance back.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to talk to our team about your hormonal imbalance concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
Are you a woman in the midst of menopause? If so, you may be considering estrogen replacement therapy to help alleviate symptoms. These medicines can help you enjoy life again and relieve uncomfortable menopause symptoms like hot flashes, weight gain, low sex drive, and vaginal dryness. However, it’s important to know that there are different delivery methods to choose from. If you’re not sure which is right for you, our team is here to help. Two of the most popular types of estrogen replacement therapy during menopause are injections and vaginal creams. In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between these types of hormone replacement therapy and their pros and cons so you can make an informed decision on the best course of treatment for you.
Don’t struggle through life with menopause symptoms, reach out to our team for help. We offer customized treatment plans that include hormone therapy and lifestyle changes to help you feel better. Schedule an appointment today at one of our convenient locations!
Why Estrogen Is Important for Women’s Health
Estrogen replacement therapy can relieve menopausal symptoms and help you feel like yourself again.
Estrogen is a hormone that plays a crucial role in women’s health. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle, strengthen bones, and promote healthy skin and hair. However, when estrogen levels become imbalanced, it can lead to a range of health problems, such as irregular periods, hot flashes, mood swings, and even painful sex. As we age, estrogen levels naturally decline, eventually leading to menopause. This can cause a variety of symptoms that might be disruptive to everyday life. Fortunately, there are ways to keep estrogen levels stable and healthy even during menopause to alleviate your symptoms. Taking care of your hormonal health can seriously improve your overall well-being and quality of life, especially during menopause.
Estrogen Replacement Therapy Can Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms
Menopause can be a challenging time for many women. The uncomfortable hot flashes, mood changes, and vaginal dryness can significantly affect your daily life. Luckily, hormone replacement therapy with estrogen can help alleviate many of these symptoms. By increasing estrogen during menopause, it can prevent a lot of the negative aspects of menopause, like the life-altering symptoms. It may also reduce the risk of certain health conditions during menopause, like osteoporosis, as estrogen helps keep your bones strong. So, if you’re struggling with menopause symptoms, get in touch with our healthcare providers to determine if estrogen replacement therapy is the right option for you.
Benefits and Risks of Estrogen Replacement Therapy
If you’re experiencing menopause symptoms, estrogen replacement therapy is a commonly prescribed medicine to help you feel better. It offers many benefits for women suffering with symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. It may also come with some added health benefits like keeping your bones strong or reducing your risk for heart disease. However, like all medications, it also comes with some potential risks. For instance, estrogen replacement therapy may increase your risk for certain conditions like blood clots, breast cancer, and uterine cancer.
It’s important to talk to our providers about the benefits and risks of HRT for your individual circumstances. We help you weigh the pros and cons and determine what’s right for you. Just keep in mind that for most women who suffer from menopause symptoms and are otherwise healthy, usually the benefits outweigh the risks for estrogen replacement therapy.
Types of Estrogen Replacement Therapy: Injections and Vaginal Creams
Estrogen replacement therapy can be a lifesaver for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. It can really improve your life during menopause. Our providers will work with you to find the right options for your needs. If HRT is right for you, this means finding not only the right dose, but the right methods for hormone replacement therapy.
There are different types of estrogen replacement therapy, with injections and vaginal creams being two options. Injections provide a steady dose of estrogen throughout the body, while vaginal creams are applied directly to the affected area for localized relief. It’s important to consult with our healthcare providers to determine which option is best for you based on your symptoms, medical history, and individual needs.
Pros and Cons of Injectable Estrogen Replacement Therapy
One option for estrogen replacement therapy is regular estrogen injections. These injections provide bioidentical estrogen directly into the bloodstream to supplement your body’s estrogen levels. This is a convenient and effective option if you’re struggling with menopause symptoms.
Among the biggest benefits of estrogen replacement therapy injections is that they can treat a wide range of menopause symptoms. Since they go through the body systemically, you can get relief from a variety of symptoms like:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness
Treatment with injectable estrogen replacement therapy involves getting regular estrogen shots, combined with progesterone medications if you still have your uterus. This provides a steady dose of estrogen right in your blood so it can travel to various tissues in your body.
However, injections aren’t right for everyone. Compared to vaginal estrogen creams, estrogen shots typically provide a higher dose of estrogen in the bloodstream. This might lead to side effects as well as risks for things like blood clots for some women. Our team can help you determine if estrogen injections are the right choice for you. Remember, every person is unique, and what might work for one person may not work for another.
Pros and Cons of Vaginal Estrogen
Vaginal creams for estrogen replacement therapy can be a useful option for many women during menopause as well. These are often used as an alternative to injectable estrogen replacement therapy. These creams work by delivering estrogen directly to the vaginal tissues, helping to restore moisture and elasticity.
Since vaginal estrogen creams are used topically, they offer a lower dose of estrogen compared to many other delivery methods, including estrogen injections. While your body will likely absorb some of the medicine into the bloodstream, most of the estrogen stays in the tissues of the vagina and vulva. This often means that there are fewer risks and side effects for this type of treatment.
However, there is a big downside to using vaginal estrogen instead of systemic estrogen like injections. Because it doesn’t go throughout the body, vaginal cream does not usually improve symptoms like hot flashes, sleep issues, and other menopause symptoms. Instead, it generally only helps symptoms localized to the genital area, like vaginal dryness, burning, or irritation. In some cases, it may also help with urinary urgency and painful sex. However, it’s a really limited treatment option. So, if you’re struggling with other menopause symptoms, it likely won’t be an effective treatment for you. Additionally, keep in mind that because it’s a cream, you can transfer it to sexual partners, which can cause side effects and health concerns, so you’ll need to make sure you avoid sex right after applying the creams. Our team can help you decide whether vaginal estrogen creams are a good choice based on your individual needs.
Considerations for The Type of Hormone Replacement Therapy You Take
When it comes to choosing a preferred method of estrogen replacement therapy, there are several factors to take into consideration. Firstly, it’s important to consider the severity and duration of menopausal symptoms, as this will help determine whether a systemic or localized approach is necessary. Other factors to consider include personal preferences and lifestyle habits, such as convenience and schedule flexibility. Additionally, medical history and current health status should also be taken into account, as certain health conditions may influence the choice of estrogen replacement therapy. As always, it’s important to consult with our healthcare professionals to determine the most appropriate course of action and ensure safe and effective treatment. Remember, choosing the right method of estrogen replacement therapy can help provide relief and improve quality of life during menopause.
Personalized Care from HerKare
It’s clear that estrogen replacement therapy can have many significant health benefits, while also coming with potential risks. When considering the best treatment option, it is important to weigh hormone levels alongside lifestyle factors and overall health goals. No matter which type of estrogen replacement therapy you choose, our team is here to provide personalized care that fits you and your lifestyle. We are a women’s health clinic dedicated to helping you feel your best. Our providers are here to help you make important decisions for your healthcare. Prioritize self-care by reaching out to our team to talk about your symptoms. Make an appointment today to get started.
Menopause is a natural, yet often overwhelming time in the life of women. It can cause physical and emotional changes that can be hard to adjust to and manage on your own. What many don’t realize is that symptoms like hot flashes and mood changes are due to low estrogen levels, particularly a type of estrogen called estradiol. If you’re like many menopausal women looking for more information about this change in hormones, then take some time to learn about estradiol — the form of estrogen most affected by menopause. Stay tuned for facts about estradiol’s role before and after menopause, as well as tips on managing this shift with personalized treatment solutions!
If you’re struggling with symptoms of low estrogen and menopause symptoms, reach out to our team today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you feel better.
Types of Estrogen
Low estrogen can cause a lot of uncomfortable symptoms.
Estrogen is a crucial hormone in a woman’s body. It’s responsible for many things, like regulating the menstrual cycle, maintaining bone health, and protecting the cardiovascular system. You’ve probably heard of estrogen before, but did you know there are different types? The three types of estrogen are:
Estradiol is the most predominant form of estrogen. It’s more potent than the other types and is made mostly in the ovaries. Estradiol is the hormone that controls a lot of the things you might think of when you consider estrogen, like reproduction and bone health. So, if your doctor says you have low estrogen, they’re likely talking about estradiol.
Estrone, on the other hand, is the most predominant type of estrogen in postmenopausal women. This is considered the weakest type of estrogen. The adrenal glands and fat tissues in your body are responsible for most estrone production. Before menopause, it can be converted into estradiol in the body, but since you need less estradiol after menopause and you can no longer get pregnant, it tends to stay as estrone in the body after the menopausal transition.
Lastly, estriol is produced during pregnancy by the placenta. It’s responsible for many important tasks during pregnancy, like helping the uterus grow and stay healthy and preparing the body for birth and breastfeeding. In people who aren’t pregnant, estriol levels are almost undetectable and don’t play a very significant role in the body.
Estradiol’s Importance for Your Health
Estradiol is a hormone that is essential for women’s health. For instance, estradiol levels affect things like the menstrual cycle, bone health, blood cholesterol levels, and even brain function. As we age, our estradiol levels naturally decline, leading up to menopause where they drop significantly. Low estradiol levels can lead to a range of health issues, including osteoporosis and increased risk for heart disease. Since this type of estrogen is so potent, it’s what’s primarily responsible for the symptoms of menopause and low estrogen.
There are some lifestyle factors you can do to maintain healthy estradiol levels throughout your life, including things like eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. However, after menopause, you might need hormone replacement therapy to boost estradiol to relieve your symptoms, since your ovaries stop producing as much estradiol as they did before.
Estradiol Levels Before Menopause
While estradiol is found in both men and women, it’s particularly important for women. It plays an important role in our premenopausal years by regulating the menstrual cycle and maintaining vaginal health. Before menopause, your estradiol levels will fluctuate based on where you are in your monthly cycle, with estradiol being highest in the first half of the cycle and then declining as you get closer to your period. In fact, these low estrogen levels during your cycle, while normal, are likely responsible for premenstrual symptoms.
As you get closer to menopause, also known as perimenopause, estradiol levels may fluctuate more significantly. They may get really high or low during this time in the lead up to menopause. This is also frequently why women start experiencing menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness before their period stops.
Estradiol Levels After Menopause
After menopause, when you’ve reached 12 months without a period, there is a significant drop in estrogen levels, particularly estradiol. These low estrogen levels happen because the ovaries stop producing estradiol, which causes your period to end. It can also lead to continuing symptoms like hot flashes and mood changes as your body gets used to the new normal for estrogen levels. Low estradiol levels after you reach menopause can also cause many health changes, with an increased risk for several serious conditions, like heart disease and osteoporosis. That’s why it’s important to speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have and discuss options for managing your estradiol levels after menopause. With proper care and attention, you can maintain your health and well-being for years to come. In many cases, estrogen replacement therapy can help address both symptoms and health risks after menopause related to low estrogen levels.
Signs of Low Estrogen
As women, we go through a lot of changes throughout our lives, and one of the most common is fluctuating estrogen levels. Low estrogen levels can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
It’s important to pay attention to these signs because low estrogen levels can also have long-term effects on our overall health, including bone loss and an increased risk of certain cancers. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to our healthcare team to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Remember, taking care of ourselves means paying attention to the signs our bodies are giving us!
Causes of Low Estradiol
Obviously, estradiol is an important hormone in our bodies, as one of the main types of estrogen. However, what actually causes estradiol levels to drop? Menopause is a major culprit. As we age and get closer to menopause, our ovaries stop producing as much estradiol. This is a natural, albeit often uncomfortable process that you may need to manage with hormone therapy.
However, there are other things that can cause low estrogen as well. For instance, having a really low body weight is one. Excessive exercise is another. Also, certain medications can often lower estradiol.
It’s important to speak with our healthcare providers if you are experiencing symptoms of low estradiol, as they can help determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Remember, knowledge is power, and understanding what’s going on with your body can help you feel your best.
How to Diagnose Low Estrogen Levels
If you’re suffering from low estrogen symptoms, then talk to our healthcare providers. We can help determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide tailored treatment plans to relieve your symptoms. Discussing your symptoms and ruling out other causes is one way that we frequently diagnose low estradiol levels.
In some cases, we may recommend blood tests to look at how much estradiol is in your blood. In fact, it’s common to use these tests to determine your menopausal status, like if you take hormonal birth control and aren’t sure whether you’re experiencing a true period or withdrawal bleeding. Blood tests can let us see the amount of estradiol in your blood as well as the amount of follicle-stimulating hormone, which is what stimulates estrogen production in the ovaries.
By analyzing your estradiol levels, our providers can determine if hormone replacement therapy or other treatments would be beneficial for you. It’s important to be open and honest with your doctor about any symptoms or concerns you may have, as this will help them provide you with the best possible care. So don’t hesitate to ask questions or bring up any worries – your health is important, and our team is here to help.
Treatments for Low Estrogen
Low estradiol levels can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and even bone loss. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help alleviate these symptoms and improve your overall health. Medications, such as hormone replacement therapy, can effectively raise estradiol levels and offer symptom relief, while lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, can also make a significant impact. It’s important to work with your healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs, but with the right approach, you can manage low estradiol levels and enjoy a better quality of life.
Women’s Health Care from HerKare
In summary, there are three types of estrogen—estradiol, estrone, and estriol— but estradiol is the most important one to know about. It’s important for women’s health and controls a lot of important functions, including the menstrual cycle and menopause. Women may experience a variety of symptoms due to low estradiol levels. To find out more about your own estradiol levels, you can discuss your symptoms with our providers. There are many treatment options for low estradiol levels, including hormone replacement therapy and lifestyle changes. At HerKare we understand our patients’ unique needs. We work with you to provide hormone care and help you feel your best. So make an appointment at one of our clinics today and let us help you manage your health.