What Is Estrogen Replacement Therapy?

What Is Estrogen Replacement Therapy?

Estrogen is a powerful hormone that regulates many crucial functions in a woman’s body. As women age, their estrogen levels naturally decrease. During and after menopause, estrogen levels can drop significantly. This can upset the careful balance that existed before and lead to a wide range of unpleasant symptoms.

For women who suffer from these symptoms due to low estrogen, estrogen replacement therapy can provide noticeable relief. Let’s look at how this type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) works and what the benefits could be for you. 

Why Take Estrogen?

If your body is unable to produce enough estrogen, it could affect several functions. Most significantly, estrogen manages the female reproductive cycle. Functions that estrogen directly affects include stimulating the growth of egg follicles, strengthening the uterus lining and governing the menstrual cycle. 

Additionally, estrogen contributes to bone health, influences mood, assists with cognitive function and promotes healthy cholesterol levels. All of these qualities are important before and after menopause. 

Symptoms of Estrogen Loss

When your estrogen levels decrease, you may experience:

  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Pain or dryness during sex
  • Decreased libido
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of bone density
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain

If you experience any combination of these symptoms, this therapy may offer measurable relief. HRT can help you continue to look better, feel better and function better every day. 

How Does Estrogen Replacement Therapy Work?

Estrogen can be administered in a number of ways, including pill, patch, gel, spray or vaginal ring. Each of these vehicles delivers supplemental estrogen that gets absorbed into your bloodstream and then distributed throughout your body.

Once traveling in your bloodstream, the estrogen seeks out estrogen receptors in your tissues and organs. The estrogen then binds with these receptors to accelerate various physiological processes such as cell growth, cell differentiation and metabolism. These events, starting at a molecular level, ultimately jumpstart the processes that bring relief to your post-menopausal symptoms.

Determining the Best Approach

Your physician will weigh a number of factors when determining the best estrogen replacement therapy for you. This includes:

  • Age 
  • Time menopause began
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Personal preferences based on lifestyle

Typically, estrogen replacement begins with a low dose so your physician can gauge its effect and minimize potential side effects. They’ll then gradually increase the dose until you experience satisfactory relief for your specific symptoms. 

The delivery method will be determined after measuring current hormone levels and assessing how your unique metabolism may affect delivery. 

How Do I Find an Estrogen Specialist?

At Balance Hormone Center, we specialize in hormone-based remedies for significant health issues like menopause, decreased libido and weight gain. Our team of compassionate caregivers will carefully review your health history and measure your estrogen level. Then, we’ll partner with you to determine the best course of action for you. 

Getting started is easy. Simply contact the Balance Hormone Center nearest you. We look forward to meeting you!

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