Natural estrogen replacement helps to prevent heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, osteoporosis, and urinary atrophy.
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Benefits of Estrogen Replacement Therapy
By far and away, the number one cause of female death is heart disease. Both topical and oral forms of estrogen help to diminish the risk of heart disease. I prefer to treat patients using oral bioidentical estrogen due to its added heart benefit which is a metabolic breakdown product produced in the liver. This metabolite, matrix metalloproteinase, helps to not only prevent plaque, but also to remove plaque that is already present in the coronary arteries. If estrogen replacement therapy is started within the first ten years post menopause, the heart disease risk is decreased by as much as 35%.
Forms of Estrogen Preparations Available Today
Natural estrogen replacement can be administered in several different ways.
- Skin Patches
- Topical Creams, Gels, and Sprays
- Vaginal Suppositories, Rings and Creams
Choice of Estrogen Form at ThriveMD
There are some women who should not be treated with oral estrogen due to co-existing diseases and are safer being treated with topical estrogen. The decision as to which form and dosage of estrogen is the safest and most effective should be discussed with your hormone physician. You can then have your tailored preparation made for you at a local compounding pharmacy.
To find out about your own hormone levels and possible deficiencies, and to schedule a consultation that will answer your specific questions, please contact us today.