Study after study documents the astonishing effects that estrogen makes women not only feel better but healthier. Estrogen vastly improves the quality of day-to-day life for women by making them more youthful, energized, and healthier. Women have better muscle tone, fewer wrinkles, stronger, shinier hair, and a more enjoyable, satisfying sex life after menopause. Estrogen users stand taller and straighter and do not suffer the typical bone loss of osteoporosis. In studies, Estrogen users have half the risk of heart disease and stroke in comparison with those that do not use estrogen. Estrogen users have an extremely low incidence of Alzheimer's disease and senility. Estrogen users are also not subject to uro-genital atrophy and the concomitant infections that can become debilitating.
Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Men actually produce estrogen from conversion of testosterone, although this is an extremely small amount. There are three types of estrogen found in a woman's body. Estrogen, estradiol and estriol. The levels of all of these hormones fall dramatically at the onset of menopause. Symptoms characteristic of menopause are hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, bladder problems, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety. With time, many of these symptoms diminish. Unfortunately, the disease processes, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's only increase in the absence of estrogen.
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 as well as cancer. A healthy trend these days is to avoid the synthetic estrogens that we have used for years and prescribe natural estrogens.
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