Hormones! From PMS to pregnancy to menopause, these messengers of womanhood can affect your mood, your weight, your food cravings — even your desire for sex. An imbalance in your hormones can cause your life to be disrupted.
Do you feel like you are falling apart? Hormone problems cause a variety of symptoms, including:
• Hot flashes
• Mood swings
• Loss of sex drive
• Vaginal dryness
• Painful intercourse
• Dry skin
• Sagging breasts
• Tender breasts
• Brain fog
• Memory lapses
• Lack of energy
• Increased joint pain
Birth control pills are one common trigger, even if it’s been years since you’ve taken them. Environmental pollutants are others, from chemicals in skin care products and plastics to fire retardants in furniture and pesticides in food. And a poor diet intensifies all these effects. An underlying infectious disease can also be a cause of hormone imbalance.
Without such triggers, the natural hormonal changes during a woman’s life aren’t likely to cause severe symptoms. But today, it’s virtually impossible to avoid disrupting toxins. Hormonal imbalances — no matter what triggered them — can be corrected with the right type of treatment: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, available by prescription.
The word “bioidentical” means that a substance is biologically identical to one made by your body. For example, the molecules that make up bioidentical progesterone are shaped exactly like your own progesterone. In contrast, the progesterone in birth control pills is similar to, but not exactly like your own hormone.
Bioidentical progesterone is exactly the same as your own progesterone and can actually relieve side effects of birth control pills — without reducing their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. Estrogen can also be a synthetic form that increases health risks.
Some prescriptions, for example, are made from the urine of pregnant mares. However, bioidentical estrogen is exactly the same as your own estrogen. It relieves symptoms and reduces health risks.
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