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Our Hormones and Immune System

2020-04-27T12:39:31-05:00

As we grow older, our immune system does not work as diligently as it did when we were younger. There have been numerous studies on sex hormones and immune system function. Many factors affect how the immune system functions. Females are more likely to become victims of autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, and other thyroid disorders. There has been a significant rise in autoimmune diseases in women over the past 30 years. This trend is not only very concerning; there is no simple explanation as to why this is happening in women more than men. Some theories are [...]

Our Hormones and Immune System2020-04-27T12:39:31-05:00

Be Proactive!

2020-04-27T12:44:04-05:00

The average age for menopause in the United States is 51, according to the Mayo Clinic. But menopause can happen to women throughout their 40's and 50's, too. However, it is possible for perimenopause to start in the late 30s (early or premature menopause) and early 40's. The symptoms of menopause vary from woman to woman. The symptoms range from hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, loss of libido, insomnia, and mood changes. However, some women may experience no symptoms while going through menopause. Menopause is triggered by the lack of estrogen produced by the ovaries. The primary indicator of menopause is [...]

Be Proactive!2020-04-27T12:44:04-05:00

The Importance of Estrogen

2020-04-27T12:56:14-05:00

Estrogen is an essential hormone that maintains the foundation for female vitality and well-being. Estrogen is critical in proper brain function, bone density, and reproduction. Estrogen is also responsible for the stability of many things like heart, brain, bones and metabolism. Too much or not enough estrogen can result in metabolic imbalances and other health issues. One reason that estrogen levels decrease is due to the beginning of menopause or even perimenopause. Many people are surprised to learn that estrogen levels are often affected by burning fat, whether it be excessive working out or by extreme dieting.  Menopause begins with the [...]

The Importance of Estrogen2020-04-27T12:56:14-05:00

Menopause – Facts, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

2020-04-27T12:56:23-05:00

It's that time in life when women are taught to dread menopause. Menopause often presents itself in stages;  perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause. Menopause means that you can no longer reproduce. Your body no longer releases an egg at ovulation, allowing for pregnancy. The effect of menopause is different from woman to woman. Some women feel debilitated by the symptoms of menopause, while others feel that it is merely a minor hindrance. Menopause can occur naturally as the body ages or from an oophorectomy. There is no guaranteed age of menopause; some women begin the process in their thirties, while others won’t [...]

Menopause – Facts, Symptoms, and Treatment Options2020-04-27T12:56:23-05:00

BHRT – Update on My Progress

2020-04-27T13:09:21-05:00

I went back in to review my blood work with the nurse practitioner. She walked in the room and said you must feel awful. I immediately started to cry. What she was not aware of was the intensity of my hot flashes over the past week caused so much exhaustion that I was impossible to be around. I was in a terrible fight with my husband, and we were not talking. I got into an argument with a co-worker. I realized that I was the problem; I could not control my moodiness or anger. I wasn’t sleeping and was generally miserable. [...]

BHRT – Update on My Progress2020-04-27T13:09:21-05:00

Dealing with Peri-Menopause/Menopause

2020-04-27T13:03:34-05:00

I am 45 years old and have just started suffering the symptoms of peri-menopause. My periods have been irregular for about two years but have not completely subsided. I started having night sweats about a year ago and noticed a sudden weight gain of about 9lbs. I typically don’t fluctuate in my weight, and if I do find myself gaining a pound or two, it was super easy for me to get that weight back off. When these 9lbs hit, they stayed. I tried diets, exercise even prescription diet pills to help me lose the weight. Nothing helped me. So between [...]

Dealing with Peri-Menopause/Menopause2020-04-27T13:03:34-05:00

Annie’s Progress with BHRT

2020-04-27T13:12:11-05:00

My bio-identical hormone replacement therapy story continues! I just had my second hormone pellet implant. I alternate sides each time that I go, that was a concern of mine since my first side was still tender. I filled out a brief questionnaire about how my symptoms have changed as well as recording my personal feedback. After I was called back to the room the practitioner sat down and compared my current ‘symptoms’ sheet and my last one. The symptoms were improved by over 40%! It’s funny how you tend to forget how badly you feel once you start feeling better! I [...]

Annie’s Progress with BHRT2020-04-27T13:12:11-05:00

Annie’s BHRT Journey Continued

2020-04-27T13:18:34-05:00

I have had the pellets in place for about 4 weeks now and just went in for a blood test. My levels have increased, and the doctor said that they would continue to do so, this appointment was just to help create a baseline. I have noticed some of my symptoms improve. I am getting less hot at night and that is helping me sleep better, she said that is in part from the Estradiol in the implant. She said that these would soon be alleviated altogether. I am very excited to see the changes happening even if they are slow. [...]

Annie’s BHRT Journey Continued2020-04-27T13:18:34-05:00

Annie’s BHRT Journey

2020-04-27T13:20:01-05:00

My journey with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT). I am a 56 year woman that had a hysterectomy at 32 after my daughter was born. They told me that they removed my uterus only so I should not have any hormonal issues until I approach menopause. I figured that was light years away so I thought nothing of it. Then I blinked, and was 52 years old. Twenty years had just slipped right by overnight. I began to notice that I was not sleeping as good as I used to and that I was getting warm at night. Then the symptoms increased [...]

Annie’s BHRT Journey2020-04-27T13:20:01-05:00

Bio-Identical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones

2020-04-27T13:24:12-05:00

Bio-identical hormones are very different from synthetic treatments, sometimes having opposite cellular effects. Natural hormones compounded from plant materials with the same structure that the body produces. Synthetic hormones are quite different. Some commonly prescribed hormones are Premarin and Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate). Premarin is used to replace estrogen and is derived from pregnant horses. It is largely reported that women that begin Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) see an improved quality of life due to the relief of the symptoms associated with peri-menopause or menopause. Many symptoms of menopause can truly affect daily living such as hot flashes, weight gain, loss [...]

Bio-Identical Hormones vs. Synthetic Hormones2020-04-27T13:24:12-05:00