which estrogen is right for me

Which Estrogen Is Right for Me?

Scott Brandt, M.D. BHRT, Estrogen Replacement, Hormone Therapy for Women

If you are a potential hormone replacement therapy patient, you may be asking yourself – “which estrogen is right for me?” The main reason that estrogen replacement therapy got underway was for the treatment of hot flashes, a malady suffered by 75% of peri-menopausal and menopausal women. Estrogen is an essential hormone that not only dramatically diminishes the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause, but helps to maintain a healthy and youthful environment within the body.

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.

  • Capsules
  • 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.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if estrogen replacement therapy may be able to help you.