(PRWEB) January 23, 2006
Listening, understanding and treating hormonal problems and imbalances can be very tricky and frustrating, but on the other hand, very rewarding when you obtain hormonal harmony. “Hormones, Health and Happiness,” the bestselling book by Steven Hotze, M.D., can lead the way to renewed health and vitality. Dr. Hotze is on a 30-city tour teaching millions of women how to be the master of their health. He is teaching women to take charge of their health!
Estrogens, progesterone and testosterone are the primary hormones of all females (old and young) that need your attention. So here comes the next question: “How in the world do I know which hormone is causing my symptoms?”
Dr. Hotze and his staff at the Hotze Health and Wellness Center in Houston treats each woman as a unique case. “Your menstrual history is unique to you,” he says. “Therefore, the hormones prescribed need to be specific to you according to your age, body size and history.”
Dr. Hotze explains that the amount of body fat you have also is generally related to the excess of estrogens in your system. Some women may need larger doses of progesterone or testosterone to counteract excess estrogens. Natural hormones that are identical to the same balanced hormones you had as a young woman will replace and replenish you.
In females, the ovaries produce the sex hormones; the three estrogen hormones, estrone, estradiol and estriol, progesterone and a small amount of testosterone. When the ovaries begin to function a girl develops her secondary sex characteristics and her menstrual life begins. Menopause is the time when the ovaries cease functioning and the monthly periods stop. This generally occurs around age 50.
Female hormonal balance between the estrogen hormones and progesterone is essential in order for women to obtain and maintain health and wellness. The three human estrogen hormones have numerous effects on the body, which require the balance of progesterone to prevent the hyper effects of estrogen dominance, which can lead to a host of health problems. Good health occurs when the hormones in the body are produced in adequate amounts and are in balance. Think of this as hormonal harmony, as if the hormones are a symphony orchestra. If one section of the orchestra, say the brass section, is too loud, then this will drown out the other sections of the orchestra and ruin the symphony.
A woman’s ovaries generally function best between a few years after puberty until around age 30. As a woman ages so do her ovaries. By the time a woman reaches 35 years of age she is over halfway through her menstrual life and her ovarian function begins to falter. The progesterone hormone production falls most dramatically over the last half of her menstrual life, between the ages of 35 and 50. This decline in progesterone occurs for two reasons. Firstly, the ovaries are aging and functioning less effectively than they did earlier in life. Secondly, as a woman ages she begins to have menstrual cycles during which her ovaries do not ovulate. When a woman does not ovulate during a menstrual cycle, her ovaries will produce no progesterone. These are the causes of what is termed “progesterone deficiency”.
In these cases, the hormones that have the greatest influence in a woman’s body are the estrogen hormones. When this occurs a woman will experience estrogen dominance, meaning her female hormones are imbalanced in favor of the estrogen hormones. Many women have experienced estrogen dominance since puberty. In most women, this condition develops as they move through their menstrual lives.
The estrogen hormones and progesterone decline as a woman ages. But progesterone declines much more rapidly than do the estrogen hormones. As a woman approaches and enters the change of life, menopause, she may begin to experience the symptoms of declining estrogen hormones manifested by hot flashes and vaginal dryness. By this time progesterone is no longer being produced by the ovaries. Even as she has symptoms of declining estrogen a woman still has estrogen dominance because there is no progesterone to balance the lower levels of estrogen. When a woman enters menopause her ovaries no longer function.
For women to obtain and maintain health and wellness as they age, it is essential that they preserve female hormonal balance as soon as the presence of its symptoms occur.
Women are taking charge of their health. They are asking more questions about natural hormones and demanding that their gynecologists offer more than hysterectomies and anti-depressants. This is only logical! We want you to stay educated, healthy and happy on natural hormones.
Dr. Hotze is leading the way to living healthy and naturally as you age. For more information, go to http://www.drhotze.com or pick up a copy of “Hormones, Health and Happiness.”
If you would like to schedule an interview with Dr. Hotze, please contact Nanette Noffsinger at 615-776-4230.
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