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The symptoms listed below, as well as many others, often arise when estrogen over- stimulates both the brain and body. All of these symptoms are exacerbated by stress of all kinds. Many women in their thirties and early forties find that they experience moderate to severe symptoms of estrogen dominance as they approach peri-menopause.


  • Decreased sex drive
  • Irregular or otherwise abnormal menstrual periods
  • Bloating (water retention)
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Headaches (especially pre-menstrually)
  • Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
  • Anxiety or Panic Attacks
  • Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the abdomen and hips)
  • Unable to lose weight
  • Cold hands and feet (a symptom of thyroid dysfunction)
  • Hair loss
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Foggy thinking, memory loss
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping/insomnia
  • PMS
  • Estrogen dominance has also been linked to allergies, autoimmune disorders, breast cancer, uterine cancer, infertility, ovarian cysts, and increased blood clotting, and is also associated with acceleration of the aging process.



In the United States, causes of estrogen dominance includes:  


  • Excess body fat (greater than 28%)

  • Too much stress, resulting in excess amounts of cortisol, insulin, and norepinephrine, which can lead to adrenal exhaustion and can also adversely affect overall hormonal balance

  • A low-fiber diet with excess refined carbohydrates and deficient in nutrients and high quality fats

  • Impaired immune function

  • Birth controlEstrogen Dominance Symptoms



BIOIDENTICAL HORMONES 


WHAT ARE THEY?
Bioidentical Hormones are an exact chemical match to hormones naturally occurring in the human body. These chemicals are extracted from the yam and soy plants. They are synthesized to be identical to the molecules of the hormones naturally produced by women and men.  The body recognizes the bioidentical hormones from these plants exactly like they would the hormones produced by the testes or ovaries. It is important to know that the absorption pathway can make a difference in the effectiveness and the side effects depending on if the hormones are taken by pill or topically, as a cream or patch.  The body does a better job if the bioidentical hormones are taken topically. 

ARE THEY FDA APPROVED?
Custom made mixtures of bioidentical hormones are not approved by the FDA because they are chemically synthesized from a natural plant source and the molecules have not been altered.  Synthetic hormones, like Premarin, Prempro, and Provera are purposefully different in order for a patent to be obtained and profits made by the drug companies. Bioidentical Hormones offer people the opportunity to have their hormones balanced for them specifically.

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones in General:
1.    Restores optimal hormonal balance to the body
2.    May help regain vitality
3.    More effective for some than synthetic hormone replacement therapy
4.    Used optimally and safely
5.    Absorbed through the skin slowly
6.    Fewer interactive problems when taking other medications
7.    Restorative towards sleep 
8.    Less dangerous than synthetic hormone replacement therapy which is known to cause cancer
9.    Custom Compounded: Option to have your hormones individually matched and tailored to your blood chemistry and hormones levels
10.  Body is able to recognize the hormones as their won and uses them as naturally intended
11.  Slows down the aging process!


Click the links for more information:    Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones in Women              Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones in Men




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