Hormonal health is all about balance – but achieving the right balance can be a challenge, particularly for women at midlife. One of the most striking examples of this dynamic is found in women whose estrogen and progesterone balance is off kilter. The wide range of resulting symptoms can be debilitating, and women can find themselves battling heavy periods, disruptive PMS, fatigue, and many more symptoms.
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Achieving hormonal balance — especially for women — isn’t easy. Day by day, the hormones in our bodies — estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone — are in a constant state of flux. The rise and fall of our hormone levels can have an effect on our mood.
Who’s afraid of menopause?
Lots of women, apparently. And it’s not hard to understand why. The onset of menopause is marked by a host of changes, both physical and emotional. Unfortunately, most of these changes are rather unpleasant, to put it mildly (hot flashes in the middle of summer, anyone?).
Thankfully, science and medicine now allow women access to treatments that can help ease some of the more adverse effects of menopause, including a marked decrease in hormone levels.
There is a variety of reasons to receive bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). There are those who seek BHRT for uncomfortable menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. Others look for relief from the effects of hormonal imbalance – sluggishness, fatigue, and lack of motivation.
Very often the symptoms of hormonal deficiency and imbalance go hand in hand with another major issue: body weight. Therefore, it is only natural to wonder:
Will BHRT make me gain weight? Or will it do the opposite, and once my hormones are balanced, my weight will go down?