For years, estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) has been a topic of interest–and controversy–among medical professionals. Women’s International Pharmacy has published or collected various educational resources that explore the safe and beneficial uses of the body’s natural forms of estrogen.
The widely-publicized halting of studies on some estrogen products generated fear and confusion about all hormone therapies, especially estrogen.
Estrogens produced by the adrenal glands contribute to inflammatory diseases. An excess in total estrogen levels in the body may lead to health problems.
The effects of oral hormonal treatment for multiple sclerosis have shown that estriol may helped to decrease MS symptoms.
BRAIN HEALTH AND HORMONES
Estrogen hormones promote networking between brain cells, increasing neurotransmitters, encouraging nerve growth, and preventing buildup of free radicals.
BROCCOLI AND HORMONES
Broccoli is connected to hormone balance by its effect on how the body breaks down estrogen. The body creates dozens of estrogen metabolites.
BOOK REVIEW – ESTROGEN’S STORM SEASON
Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Jerilynn Prior claims that women experience the highest estrogen levels in their entire lifetime during perimenopause.
FEMALE HORMONE THERAPY OPTIONS
Compiled by WIP pharmacy staff, this chart represents some of the more frequently-prescribed estrogen therapies for women in menopause.
FROM WHI TO KEEPS
Researchers recognized an opportunity to improve on the WHI study and initiated the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS).
HORMONES AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Some women with high estrogen levels may be predisposed to anxiety and panic attacks, whereas low levels of estrogen may lead to episodes of depression.
HORMONES FOR HOT FLASHES
Estradiol has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of hot flashes as well as for the prevention of osteoporosis.
HORMONES, MOOD AND EMOTION
Dr. Phyllis Bronson believes one of the keys to successful aging is being able to “hang out with uncertainty,” especially during such a transitional period in one’s life.
HOW DO B VITAMINS AFFECT ESTROGEN METABOLITES?
As estrogen breaks down in the body, some by-products are considered to be more beneficial than others, such as 2-hydroxyestrogen metabolites.
BOOK REVIEW – MOODS, EMOTION, AND AGING
Dr. Phyllis Bronson’s book will help equip and inform those facing the challenges of hormone imbalance, particularly as it relates to the aging process.
Estriol is one possibility when exploring hormone therapy treatment options for bladder health, urinary tract infections, and urinary incontinence.
SKIN DEEP LOOK AT HORMONES
Specific to estriol, a study using topical estriol 0.3% cream showed improved elasticity and firmness of the skin and decreased wrinkle depth and pore sizes.
VAGINAL USE OF ESTRIOL
Estriol is one of the three main estrogens made in a woman’s body. Vaginal estriol may help improve the condition of the urinary tract and vaginal tissue.
For more information regarding estrogens and their effects on health, fill out our Information Request Form and we will send you a Female Information Packet.
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