Women’s hormones-‘don’t blame it on your husband!’

Philippine Daily Inquirer

By Cory Quirino
DateFirst Posted 22:05:00 03/01/2011

THE FOUNTAIN of youth? Some say it’s water, for others, it is exercise; many attribute it to stress management. And what about hormones, what crucial role do they play?

Do we ignore them or nurture their youth-extending abilities? Some dictionaries define death as “loss of hormones.” According to anti-aging medicine advocate Suzanne Sommers in her book “Breakthrough: 8 Steps to Wellness,” there is an approach to hormonal imbalance, which, if left untreated, can lead to weight gain, sleeplessness, emotional rage, loss of libido and ultimately illness.

Breakthrough medicine’s cornerstone is bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT), as opposed to “chemical” hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Truth is, your body needs these hormones to function properly—estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisol, human growth hormone (HGH), melatonin, pregnenolone thyroid, (T4, T3) adrenals, insulin.

The tricky part is that the cocktail mix of hormones varies with every person. This is why a visit to your doctor or endocrinologist helps. Ask about BHRT, the natural answer to hormone deficiency. Here are answers to some of your questions based on lively conversation with Dr. Quincy Raya (Asian Institute of Longevity Medicine, tel. 3851111/ 0917-8608134).

I’m a 47-year-old mother of two. My skin is so dry! No matter what type of moisturizer I use, it’s not improving at all! There are also wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. What is wrong with my skin?

You are experiencing progesterone and estrogen deficiency skin problems related to peri-menopause. Progesterone and estrogen are the key hormones that are given to menopausal women to increase skin moisture; make hair lustrous; vagina, supple and well-lubricated. Estrogen also builds up collagen and progesterone prevents its breakdown, thus making skin more elastic, less wrinkled and noticeably younger looking.

These hormones also reduce menopausal symptoms of hot flushes, irritability and mood swings. More important, optimal estradiol levels provide protection against osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. When estradiol levels drop, protection is over.

A simple hormone blood test can determine your levels to correct below optimal values through bio-identical liposomal creams.

Hypothyroidism, which occurs when an underactive thyroid does not produce enough hormones, can cause dry skin and hair. Instead of the bodily systems speeding up, they slow down. Other symptoms: fatigue, depression, feeling cold, weight gain, constipation and menstrual irregularities. This is treated with an oral form of thyroid hormone.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.