Not that you need reminding, but during menopause your body is going through a lot of changes. Although most symptoms are normal and common, you may want to combat them. Read on to learn about bioidentical hormones, a way to manage your menopause symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormones: an Introduction
Bioidentical hormones have been building towards mass production ever since their inception in the 1930's. They are now widely used as a treatment for symptoms of menopause.
These “miracle” hormones are produced in a laboratory. Extracts are taken from plants and engineered to replicate the hormones found in your body. They can be made up of lots of different hormones, like estriol, estrone, testosterone, and progesterone. Read on to learn about how bioidentical hormones work.
Bioidentical Hormones in Action
Many of the symptoms of menopause are caused by fluctuating levels of hormones in your body. Hormones act like messengers in the body, when one cell wants to communicate with another cell inside the body, hormones are released. Hormones help regulate a lot of the body's functions, like fluid and sodium retention.
During menopause, your hormone levels fluctuate, which can lead to symptoms of menopause. Bioidentical hormones work by filling in for your naturally-occurring hormones when levels drop during menopause, so they can help combat symptoms of menopause. While bioidentical hormones can help combat the symptoms of menopause, there are risks associated with this treatment. Read on to learn about the side effects associated with bioidentical hormones.
So Will Bioidentical Hormones Make Me Fat?
Any form of hormone replacement treatment comes with side effects; the side effects of bioidentical hormones include depression, facial hair growth, hair loss, and fatigue. Weight gain can also be one of these side effects.
During menopause, estrogen deficiency triggers the production of fat cells in order to try to boost estrogen levels in the body, while testosterone causes the redistribution of fat to settle on the stomach area. Bioidentical hormones can sometimes help reduce weight gain caused by this hormonal imbalance in menopause; however, depending on the combination and dosage of hormones, it could also cause weight gain.
Read on to learn about the alternatives to bioidentical hormones.
What Are the Alternatives?
When you're experiencing symptoms of menopause, it can seem like drastic action is needed, but this is not always the case. There are small steps you can take to help combat your menopause symptoms. Lifestyle changes, herbal supplements, and homeopathic treatments are all said to help. It is advisable to try these methods before taking hormone replacement treatments such as bioidentical hormones. You should also consult your doctor before committing to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
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