During menopause, your body makes the transition from being reproductive, to being unable to reproduce. This is when you stop having periods.The hormone estrogen is the main player that instigates this transition. In the run up to menopause, estrogen can fluctuate, having unpleasant side effects such as hot flashes, mood swings and headaches. The level of estrogen then drops, stopping your period.
But if your periods are controlled by your pill, what happens as you continue to take the pill during menopause? What happens to your estrogen levels? And what impact does this have on your body? Read on to find out more about the impact of your pill on your estrogen levels during menopause.
The pill regulates your periods throughout your life by introducing synthetic hormones into your body. Alongside progestin, the estrogen component of the pill is responsible for regulating a woman's ovulation and period. However, during menopause, the pill supplies estrogen in larger quantities than the body is producing, so the levels of estrogen in the body will remain constant.
A menopausal woman on the pill may not experience the hot flashes, mood swings and headaches that are caused by dropping estrogen levels during menopause. However, when she takes the inactive pills, that do not contain estrogen, at the end of her monthly packet, she may then experience menopausal symptoms. In addition, she may find that bleeding during this time becomes more irregular, as the body prepares to cease menstruation.
The birth control pill can help manage estrogen levels and menopause symptoms to an extent. However, the pill provides your body with a quantity of estrogen which may be disproportionately large as you go through menopause. Opting for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), ensures that you are controlling your estrogen levels with a more appropriate hormone level.
Birth control and other hormonal treatments are one way to manage your estrogen levels, and your menopausal symptoms, during this transitional time. However, there has been a number of health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, including an increased risk of cancer, strokes and heart disease.There are other, natural, hormonal treatments, such as bioidentical hormone therapy, herbal remedies and lifestyle changes that will help mange estrogen levels during menopause.
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