The Truth About Menopause, Estrogen, and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Menopause, by definition, is marked by twelve consecutive months without a menstrual period. In the United States, a woman will transition from perimenopause to menopause at around 51 years old. With menopause comes a lot of new challenges and some are a lot less understood and expected than others. It might be “normal”, but 51 years old is incredibly young! When you enter menopause, your ovaries stop producing estrogen. Estrogen has over 400 functions in the body - it is responsible for so much more than just avoiding hot flashes. Estrogen production affects healthy skin, full hair, and nice curves on the outside, but inside is where it really shines. Maintaining your bone strength, heart health, and brain health as you age is life-changing. Do you know what the leading cause of death is for women? It’s not breast cancer - it’s not any cancer - it is heart disease. Two-thirds of all Alzheimer's patients are women. Of all Americans with osteoporosis, 80% are women. Still think Estrogen in the second half of life isn’t important? Knowing that you have options to decrease your risk of dementia, bone, and heart disease is empowering. Estrogen has gotten a really bad rap for years. It’s time to re-evaluate the old data and consider the new data. Your provider can help you do that with your personal health history in mind. If you want to learn more about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), choose a provider that is an expert. At Vitality Natural Wellness, our providers have treated thousands of women. They have access to top-quality bioidentical (non-synthetic) compounded hormones. They will monitor your symptoms and your labs - test, don’t guess!