Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. There are three types of
estrogen found in a women’s body: Estrone, estradiol and estriol. The levels of all of
these hormones fall dramatically at the onset of menopause, which is responsible
for the symptoms and detrimental health effects of menopause. The symptoms
characteristic of menopause are hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, bladder
problems, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety. Disease processes such as
cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s, only increase in the
absence of estrogen.
The rapid loss of bone after menopause has been attributed to the decline on the
production of estrogen, which is essential for bone growth. In addition, the loss of
estrogen results in the development of heart disease, which is the number one killer
of both men and women. When a women’s estrogen level drops, the risk of heart
disease soars. Postmenopausal women on estrogen have a 70% decrease in
mortality from heart disease. Estrogen also has been shown to lower total blood
cholesterol and raise HDL, the good cholesterol.
There is no doubt that estrogen can protect a woman against many of the diseases
of aging and that post-menopausal women on estrogen typically feel better and
stay healthier. Unfortunately, most of the estrogen that is prescribed to women is
in the form of a synthetic estrogen or an estrogen that is not natural to the body.
Since these synthetic estrogens are not natural to the body, many women develop
side effects or do not feel well on the synthetic, non-bioidentical hormones.
healthy trend these days is to avoid the synthetic estrogens and use natural
The Center For Modern Aging checks and monitors Estrogen levels as part of our routine hormone replacement and Age Management programs. We will optomize Estrogen to youthful levels if indicated based on symptoms and laboratory findings.
Benefits of Estrogen Replacement Therapy is that it protects against or reduces the effects of:
Depression and mood wings