Estrogen is considered a sex hormone that promotes reproductive and sexual development and is one of 2 hormones important for women. Estrogen production can start to decline in your late 30’s, sometimes sooner. There is also a significant decrease in estrogen production in menopause.
Although it may be an inevitable part of aging, estrogen levels can have serious consequences for women. The symptoms can include excessive sweating, mood swings, and memory problems, as well as skin and vaginal dryness. These symptoms can not only be uncomfortable but also affect women’s overall health. Doctors can recommend estrogen replacement therapy to treat estrogen deficiency.
Let’s now discuss the benefits of estrogen replacement.
Estrogen Helps Better Blood Circulation
Healthy estrogen levels can dilate and relax blood vessels, which in turn improves blood circulation. Better blood circulation improves skin elasticity and can support vaginal tissue, treating and preventing vaginal atrophy or dryness.
Estrogen Can Better Cholesterol & Glucose Regulation
Estrogen hormones regulate cholesterol levels, keeping the LDL and HDL low and high respectively, as well as maintaining blood glucose levels. Estrogen replacement therapy is a great option for women with high-risk or coronary heart disease. Additionally, estrogen can decrease insulin resistance which can help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Estrogen Prevent Osteoporosis
A decrease in estrogen can lead to a decrease of bone density. Women are more at risk for osteoporosis because they have a lower estrogen level. Estrogen replacement therapy promotes osteoblast activity — cells that are needed to create new bone mass.
Estrogen Reduces Alzheimer’s risk
Also, estrogen replacement therapy can help prevent cognitive decline in women and can also lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Women who start estrogen therapy earlier will benefit from it. It is, therefore, a good idea to talk to your doctor about it.
Estrogen Replacement Therapy in San Diego, CA
Dr. Ashley Alexis, ND welcomes you to Golden Leaf Health Center! If you are interested in estrogen-replacement therapy to manage the symptoms of menopause we offer Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for patients who experience life-altering symptoms due to a drop in hormone levels.
Dr. Ashley Alexis, ND is a menopause hormone specialist and can speak to you about how hormone replacement therapy may benefit you. Therefore, we will discuss your goals and health thoroughly before suggesting any treatment. We also take a holistic approach to your health and develop a plan that will improve your quality of life.