What is Progesterone and Estrogen Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical estrogen and progesterone replacement therapy is a type of BHRT geared towards restoring natural youthful levels of estrogen and progesterone in women. It can come in various forms, the most popular being pellets and creams for estrogen replacement and pills and vaginal capsules (Estriol E3) for progesterone replacement. This type of therapy is often combined with bioidentical testosterone and/or DHEA since these hormones are often at low levels as well.
What are estrogen and progesterone?
Estrogen is an essential sex hormone produced by the ovaries. Its main mission is to direct, control, and oversee the female reproductive system. Coincidentally, it also plays an important role in strengthening your bones, muscles, heart, and healing processes in the epidermis. It also improves the function of ligaments and joints making them more elastic and decreasing stiffness. Estrogen levels peak in the mid to late 20s and remain stable throughout young adulthood. Then they start to gradually decline. By age of 50, they are normally at 50% of the peak level and continue to go down leading up to menopause. Although menopause is a natural process of aging, it, however, comes with a number of unpleasant symptoms that can seriously diminish a woman’s quality of life.
Much like estrogen, progesterone is a crucial sex hormone in women. It plays an important role in the menstrual cycle (by regulating the thickness of the inner lining) essential to the female reproductive system and is also responsible for embryo development at the early stages of pregnancy and the establishment of the placenta. Certain conditions like PCOS, hyperprolactinemia, hypothyroidism as well as menopause, affect the production of progesterone by the ovaries.
When natural levels of progesterone and estrogen decrease or become unbalanced, this can lead to a lot of adverse changes in women’s bodies and negatively affect their reproductive health and overall well-being. This is when the need for BHRT estrogen and progesterone replacement therapy arises.
What are the most common symptoms of estrogen and progesterone?
Women with clinically low levels of estrogen may experience a wide spectrum of symptoms, however, the most common among them are:
- Sudden hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse
- Low libido and sexual arousal
- Weaker bones
Signs of low levels of progesterone may include:
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Cramping abdominal pain
- Depression, anxiety or other mood changes.
- Migraines or headaches
- Weight gain
What are the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement (estrogen and progesterone)?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may provide you with many positive benefits, including a better mood, improved sleep, regular menstrual cycles, an increase in libido, stronger bones, fewer hot flashes, a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and many other benefits. You don’t need to suffer through the symptoms when there is a reliable, relatively low-risk solution – BHRT that you can safely and conveniently take in the form of a pill, patch, cream, or injection.
Beso Wellness Consultation
With bioidentical hormone therapies being conducted at Beso Wellness medical center, you can now have your estrogen and progesterone levels restored in the safest and most effective manner. At Beso Wellness and Beauty, we only use bioidentical hormones produced from plants that are 100% identical to hormones secreted by the ovaries. Our providers have been successfully helping hundreds of female patients in Phoenix and Scottsdale for many years to increase their physical and mental well-being. We have high patient satisfaction when it comes to hormone optimization so you can live healthier and happier lives. If you would like to raise your level of wellness and escape the suffering effects of low progesterone and/or estrogen, our team can help you. Our team can work with you to evaluate whether you might be a good candidate for BHRT. We can discuss the benefits of bioidenticals with you as part of an overall wellness and hormone replacement plan. To schedule a consultation with our providers please feel free to call us at 480-447-8166 or fill out the contact us form.