Since hormones play an important part in women's bodies, it is logical to point out the connection between postmenopause and hormones.
Hormones, the same substances that cause menopause to begin with, can also help women combat their unwanted symptoms.
In this section, please find information about both natural and synthetic hormones, their benefits and risks.
Postmenopause and Natural Hormones
If any residual menopause symptoms still cause trouble during postmenopause, many women choose to treat them with natural hormones. These are hormones found naturally within the body, like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
Postmenopause and estrogen
Estrogen is one of the primary female sex hormones and is responsible for preparing a woman's body to conceive and carry a child. When women enter puberty, their bodies begin to produce more estrogen, but as their reproductive years wane, so does estrogen production.
A decrease of estrogen levels is often the culprit of many women's postmenopause symptoms. However, a few ways to reintroduce estrogen naturally do exist.
Postmenopause and progesterone
Like estrogen, progesterone is another one of the primary hormones women need for a healthy reproductive life. Progesterone works with estrogen to ensure that women are able to conceive and carry a child to term. Progesterone plays an especially important role in ovulation, but once a woman is no longer ovulating, as is the case in postmenopause, progesterone levels drop to close to zero.
To avoid uncomfortable postmenopause symptoms, progesterone and estrogen should be balanced. Too much of one or the other might cause symptoms to be worse.
Postmenopause and testosterone
While testosterone is the predominant male sex hormone, it does appear in women in small amounts. Testosterone's primary function in women during their reproductive years is to create a stronger interest in sexual activity around the time of ovulation, thereby increasing the chances of conception.
In postmenopausal women, testosterone production does not decrease as much as estrogen and progesterone production does. This can cause testosterone levels to be higher relative to the female sex hormones, sometimes leading postmenopausal women to have deeper voices or more noticeable facial hair.
Postmenopause and Synthetic Hormones
Postmenopause and HRT
Hormone replacement therapy, is one of the most popular treatments for premenopausal and postmenopausal women in the United States. HRT works much in the same way that phytoestrogenic herbs do, by reintroducing lost estrogen into a woman's body, thereby balancing her imbalanced hormone levels.
Also like phytoestrogenic herbs, HRT has some serious disadvantages. Most notably, a 2002 study revealed that women who take synthetic hormones in the form of HRT are significantly increasing their risk to develop heart disease, blood clots, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
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