Thoughts on Better Aging

Attention Perimenopausal Women: Beware of Estrogen Dominance

November 20th, 2015

You may need hormone therapy even before you officially enter menopause.

By the time most women enter menopause, they’ve suffered enough with symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, memory loss, fatigue, and low sex drive to know they need help.

But during perimenopause—the transitional period leading up to menopause—women may not feel so certain. They may not recognize their symptoms for what they are or realize that they have treatment options. This is a huge problem because perimenopausal women have the potential to become estrogen dominant, a condition which is arguably more dangerous than being estrogen deficient.

What Happens During Perimenopause?

During perimenopause, you will experience the first inklings of the age-related hormonal decline that will eventually stop your periods completely and usher in menopause.

In a normal menstrual cycle, estrogen rises in advance of ovulation, then peaks and falls if the egg is not fertilized. At this point, the egg ruptures and releases progesterone, which will remain the dominant hormone for the rest of the cycle.

But with the onset of perimenopause, this will change. Progesterone production will decrease at a much faster rate than estrogen production, contributing to irregular periods and potentially leaving you estrogen dominant.

Why is Estrogen Dominance so Dangerous?

Estrogen dominance does much more than just mimic the types of PMS symptoms that you used to get with your period. It can also increase risk factors for many serious conditions like:

  • Breast cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis

This occurs because your body is designed to have a balance of estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen promotes cell growth, and progesterone manages this growth. So when progesterone disappears from the equation in perimenopause, you get the risk of unchecked cell growth, aka cancer, especially in estrogen-rich tissues.

Renew Woman™ Can Help

It is very important to understand that as soon as your periods start becoming irregular, this means your hormones are no longer in a healthy balance. In order to safeguard your health, it would be wise to visit a Renew Woman™ doctor and get your levels of estrogen and progesterone tested. If a health-threatening imbalance is discovered, we can immediately take action to correct it.

With us guiding your transition into menopause, you can not only enjoy greater freedom from symptoms but also improved peace of mind about your health. We always prescribe personalized dosages and include progesterone with all menopause treatments. This prevents the possibility of artificially creating estrogen dominance after the menopause transition.

To learn more about our safe and effective treatment options for perimenopause and menopause, please contact us at 800-859-7511 today.

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