Most frequently, estrogen deficiency occurs at menopause, but can easily occur years before you reach menopause causing troubling symptoms that you may be unaware are hormonal. While menopause is an entirely natural process, it can result in symptoms that often cause women to seek bioidentical hormone replacement or other methods of treatment for relief. At Dedicated to Health Medical Group,our highly skilled and caring staff is available to diagnose and treat the wide range of symptoms associated with a deficiency of estrogen.
The Function of Estrogen in the Body
In women, estrogen is produced primarily in the ovaries, but it is also produced by fat cells and the adrenal gland. At puberty, estrogen’s chief function is to promote the development of female secondary sexual characteristics: breasts, endometrium, pubic hair and armpit hair; it also regulates the menstrual cycle, and, along with progesterone and testosterone, contributes to healthy sexual desire. Although usually thought of as the female hormone, estrogen is also present in males where it helps sperm to mature and assists in the maintenance of a healthy libido.
Symptoms of Estrogen Deficiency
For some women, menopause creeps up very slowly with a long period of perimenopause; for others, menopause seems to occur overnight. In either situation, there are a great many symptoms associated with the process apart from the cessation of menstruation.
There are some positive aspects to menopause. A great many women experience a sense of relief that they no longer have to deal with premenstrual and menstrual discomforts and inconveniences. They are also grateful that they no longer have to consider the possibility of pregnancy and can enjoy sex without constraint. Nonetheless, the majority of women experience a number of the following negative symptoms of estrogen deficiency:
- Dry skin
- Foggy thinking
- Heart palpitations
- Hot flashes
- Memory lapses
- Night sweats
- Sleep disturbances
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal dryness/atrophy
- Weight gain/slowed metabolism
The holistic treatments at Dedicated to Health Medical Group are designed to restore the body’s natural hormone balance through detoxification, nutritional changes, herbal and homeopathic remedies, and the administration of bioidentical hormones. Patients report being delighted with the results of our therapies, receiving not only relief from their various symptoms, but a renewed sense of vitality and well-being.
If you feel you are suffering from estrogen deficiency and are seeking treatment, feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment for a FREE consultation.