Hormone deficiency, caused by declining estrogen levels followed by declining testosterone levels, is an experience any woman going through menopause can understand. Hormones start to become erratic during premenopause, when many women produce estrogen but less progesterone. This causes fluctuations in hormone levels, leading to a host of symptoms. Read on to learn about the symptoms of natural hormone deficiency.
Estrogen and progesterone help balance many of the body's essential functions. One without the other is like playing tennis alone: it just doesn't work. Estrogen is a stimulating hormone, while natural progesterone helps regulate these stimulatory effects. Especially in the menstrual cycle, a balance of these hormones is essential. Without progesterone, estrogen dominance can lead to a myriad of symptoms, which include:
Estrogen dominance can also lead to an increased risk of breast cancer and endometrial cancer. Correcting the imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, especially a lack of progesterone, will usually rid an individual of common problems within a matter of months.
The physical and emotional symptoms of estrogen deficiency can be overwhelming. They include, among others:
Additionally, women suffering from estrogen deficiency have an increased risk of hip fractures and ischemic heart disease (reduced blood flow to the heart) after menopause. Managing estrogen deficiency involves a series of either lifestyle changes, alternative medicine, or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Women who opt for hormone therapy have been shown to have decreased symptoms of menopause, which reduces the risk of death associated with hip fractures and heart disease. Despite this, prolonged use of hormone therapy increases the risk of breast cancer, as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood clots.
Many women avoid taking hormone therapy because of the fear of developing breast cancer. In a recent study, 700 women with breast cancer and over 100,000 women in total studied over a 20 year period failed to show that estrogen use increases a woman's risk of breast cancer.
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A better understanding of how your body works will help you cope with hormonal fluctuations.
Detecting symptoms of hormonal imbalance can prevent you from developing serious conditions.
Implement simple lifestyle changes and natural approaches to prevent, manage, and relieve symptoms.