Estrogen Replacement Therapy
Estrogen replacement therapy replaces hormones that are lost during menopause. By replacing these hormones a woman can find relief from unpleasant effects of this life change. This life change can happen naturally or surgically depending on the physical wellness of each individual. Natural estrogen replacement can aid in slowing bone degeneration, mental impairment, and even organ function. The uncomfortable side effects of menopause can also be muted by this treatment. Starting treatment after the first signs of menopause is the usual onset of management, but if a woman has not seen any signs of this change by the age of 60 she should start this type of care anyway. Women who choose this method of treatment also tend to seek natural treatments including tea and healthy eating. In addition to decreasing the unwanted side effects this type of treatment can also decrease the occurrence of heart disease and stroke by 10%.
Many risks are associated with the use of estrogen replacement therapy. Used appropriately a woman can usually accept any side effects due to the fact that they are minor compared to the alternative life risks and discomfort a woman can incur without the therapy. In addition, statistics available concerning the effects of using this type of therapy are largely based on people who used too high of a dose or had other health problems that may have had an effect of the results. Otherwise healthy women using the correct dosage have minor reactions if any. Some women reject the idea of taking estrogen replacement therapy either because it disrupts the natural aging process or due to the fact that the estrogen comes from pregnant mares, which can be viewed as animal abuse. Use for a short-term is much more advisable than long-term use which may lead to earlier death. Likewise, women already at risk for heart disease are also at a disadvantage for the benefits due to the increased risk of heart disease even in completely healthy individuals. Reading articles available online or through current medical research publications are no match for the individualized care available through the evaluation of health history with a qualified health professional. This method of discovery enables a patient to develop a unique and personalized plan with the knowledge of research to prepare her avoidance of possible side effects of any treatment sought. Providing the doctor with all information including daily activities, changes in lifestyle, and certainly any physical changes related or unrelated to treatment.
Because many chemical changes occur during menopause a variety of mental changes can occur as well. These include early onset of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and general forgetfulness. Some women desire to start estrogen replacement therapy, as a prevention method concerning mental wellness, but this is unadvisable due to the high risks associated. If no natural risk is present due to the risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and dementia. Though this treatment is designed to lessen the effects of these symptoms, sometimes they occur or are increased due to the application of natural estrogen replacement. In addition to lowering the effects of dementia and bone loss, it can also aid in the appearance of wrinkles depending on the individuals exposure to sunlight and smoking history. Evaluating the above-mentioned risks will aid in determining whether the use of estrogen replacement therapy is a viable option simply to reduce the visible signs of aging. Due to the lack of long-term research data concerning the use of this type of therapy a woman should only use it if a sincere problem exists. Evaluating what her mom and grandmother experienced during this time in life will additionally aid in reaching an educated decision concerning the best individual treatment. "He shall not alter it, nor change it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good: and if he shall at all change beast for beast, then it and the exchange thereof shall be holy." (Leviticus 27:10)
Alternative to this type of treatment range from dietary and lifestyle changes to invasive hysterectomy surgery. Each type of treatment has its own side effects; likewise, non-treatment is an option that has side effects. The bottom line is that the big female change creates the environment that the body will undergo some sort of change. Acceptance of aging and inevitable changes to the body needs to be understood before any treatment options are considered. Many women undergo unnecessary surgery every year resulting in more serious problems than before the surgery leading to regret. Proper research and choice of a qualified surgeon will lead to the most appropriate action plan. This type of treatment is not for everyone either physically or mentally, but understanding the options available is important. Because of the chemical changes the body undergoes, nutritional needs change during the time of life as well. A change in multivitamin as well as diet is necessary no matter what course of treatment chosen to combat unwanted reactions the body has. In order to lessen any complications or side effects of natural estrogen replacement or surgery the body must first be in the best possible health. Although natural estrogen replacement has not shown to cause side effects, the general effectiveness of the treatment will have better results if the body is in good health. This can be accomplished through regular cardiovascular exercise, a balanced diet, low stress, and sunshine. Creating a plan with a doctor or nutritionist creates support and a proven plan, however, not everyone can afford or needs this level of care. Consciously making healthy choices toward food and choosing to take a walk instead of watching TV sometimes is all that is needed to alleviate physical problems caused by menopause.
Estrogen SupplementsEstrogen supplements may help to reduce menopausal symptoms due to naturally occurring plant substances that aid in balancing hormone levels. Plant substances called phytoestrogens naturally occur in many foods such as soy, lentils, flax, clover, grape skins, and some herbs. Natural estrogen creams contain phytoestrogens and can generally be applied once per day or as instructed by a physician. Menopausal symptoms that many women experience are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, cold chills, headache, and fatigue. Other substances that may help with symptoms include bio identical progesterone with phytoestrogens and products that contain herbal remedies. Interactions can occur between herbs and some prescription drugs so it is best not to start herbal therapy without consulting a physician.
Hormone replacement therapy may help balance out hormonal fluctuations but it is not advisable to self-treat. There are so many products and supplements for women to choose from, it can be very confusing. Synthetic hormone replacement therapy can only be obtained through a physician. Synthetic alternatives have had studies linking long-term use with high risks for developing heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer. Because of these studies many women are searching for natural alternatives to help with intolerable symptoms associated with menopause. Since long-term studies haven't been published on using natural hormone replacement therapy, consider short-term use only. Natural estrogen creams contain plant derivatives that closely resemble human hormones. There are herbs added to many of the products on the market including, black cohosh, red clover, and evening primrose oil.
Vitamins and mineral supplements may help with intolerable symptoms associated with hormone imbalances. Estrogen supplements may help to restore energy levels while decreasing other discomforts. Eating healthy and participating in a regular exercise program will help the body to combat hormonal imbalances. Sometimes just losing a few extra pounds can alleviate some discomfort. Include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Eliminate high-fat, high-sugar, and high-sodium foods. Processed foods usually contain a host of ingredients that are bad to consume. One way to become educated about eating properly is by learning to read labels. Making healthy changes will not only help with hormonal imbalances, it will help to lower cholesterol and lower risks associated with heart disease.
Get a complete physical examination before beginning any new type of therapy. Many doctors will not prescribe hormone replacement therapy or suggest alternatives without a complete medical history and taking into consideration any prescription or over-the-counter drug usage. Even in suggesting estrogen creams, a physician will want to know family medical history, since risks for some diseases may be associated with genetics. Another suggestion when seeing a doctor is to make a detailed list of symptoms, how long they have been going on, and what type of therapies have been tried in the past. Without medical history a physician will most likely want to do a series of tests before diagnosis and treatment. Blood tests will help a doctor determine cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and infections in the body, among other things.
Oftentimes women who are suffering with hormone imbalances experience symptoms of depression. Being uncomfortable and in pain may cause some changes in brain chemicals that contribute to mood swings, anxiety, and panic attacks. As a woman ages, estrogen levels are decreased and eventually progesterone levels are nonexistent. Estrogen supplements may help with some of the symptoms associated with depression but there may be something else missing that only the Lord can help. Turning to the Creator, God Almighty, and meditating on His promises can bring peace to chaos in life. "But unto you that fear My name shall the Son of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." (Malachi 4:2) Try joining a church; participate with other Believers in worship services and fellowship. Make time everyday to talk to God, and read His word.
Hormone therapy should not be used for women who think they might be pregnant. Other illnesses that are risky for hormone replacement therapy include heart attack, stroke, or any type of cancer within the last year, blood clots, liver disease, and diabetes. Even using estrogen creams are not recommended for women who have high risks for developing any of these mentioned illnesses or conditions. Lifestyle changes should be considered as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy or estrogen supplements. Stress can deplete the body and affect hormone levels along with other damaging lifestyle habits. Eating the wrong foods, not getting enough or any exercise, and not getting enough sleep can all contribute to overall bad health. A few basic lifestyle changes could make all the difference. Making changes may seem overwhelming but healthy lifestyle changes will be a much better alternative to taking prescription drugs or having to use estrogen creams.