Estrogen and progesterone are two of the primary female sex hormones. During a normal menstrual cycle, they take turns driving the process of maturing and releasing an egg and preparing the uterus for possible pregnancy. Progesterone is released by the rupturing of the egg follicle during ovulation. Testosterone too is secreted in “surges” around the time of ovulation and again before menses. If there is no pregnancy, you have a period and the whole cycle begins again.
When estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are doing their jobs, they work well together. How much or how little of each hormone is made at any one time relies on a complicated feedback system between the brain (specifically the hypothalamus and pituitary glands), ovaries and adrenal glands. Stress and diet affect that feedback system and can directly impact your hormonal balance.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Choosing to replace estrogen and progesterone is an important decision for any woman. For over 50 years women have been receiving estrogen replacement therapy for treatment during menopause. Researchers looking for the clues to aging have documented the decline of other important hormones as well, though such decline is less abrupt and universal than with menopause. When to start and which preparations to use are just a few of the questions that women today are asking. In today's medical world, side effects are virtually eliminated by proper dosing to achieve youthful physiologic levels, trans-dermal administration, the use of only bio-identical estrogen and progesterone and by monitoring blood levels closely.
Our program includes physician directed individual evaluations, the use of bio-identical hormones and the close monitoring of blood levels to restore a woman's youth and minimize menopausal symptoms.