There is a group of three hormones call the “sex hormones”: estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. They are vital to our health, how we feel, how we look, how long we live, how we think and what diseases we will develop.
As Suzanne Somers says in her book “Ageless,” “Hormones are our life force. Without hormones, we are an empty shell of our former selves.” Each of these three hormones begins to decline after age 30.
The first to decline is testosterone. This is in men, as well as women. (Yes, women have testosterone, too.) Loss of testosterone is seen as weight gain, loss of sex drive, tiredness, memory loss, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, erectile dysfunction and loss of muscle mass and exercise tolerance.
Testosterone is the one that gives us energy and enthusiasm – love of life. This hormone gives men their manly physique and helps them maintain strength and stamina in all parts of their life.
Testosterone in women gives the ability to maintain a healthy weight, to have an active sex life, to have the energy to carry out their busy daily activities and to keep (or get back) that firm sexy figure they used to have.
By age 35, the hormone progesterone begins to drop off in women. This causes changed in the menstrual cycle, agitation, poor sleep and hair loss. Without progesterone, we become moody and irritable. When progesterone is replaced, we sleep better.
Progesterone is known as a “mood stabilizer.” Lack of progesterone has been shown to be a factor in causing fibromyalgia.
Last is loss of estrogen, which is seen as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, depression, osteoporosis and dry skin that begins to show wrinkles. Loss of estrogen is known as menopause. This is the time in women’s lives when menstrual cycles cease. This can be frightening for women.
Menopause is much more than just not having a period. Loss of estrogen causes the breasts to sag and changes in the vagina mucosa that can cause painful intercourse, with a loss of all that makes a woman a woman. Estrogen performs 400 vital functions in a woman. These vital functions are not going to be replaced without replacing the vital hormone.
The answer to the loss of these three hormones that do so much to keep us healthy and feeling young is to replace them with natural bio equivalent hormones, not synthetic artificial drugs.
Many patients are given antidepressants for the symptoms of loss of hormones. Others are given estrogen manufactured from the urine of a pregnant horse, Premarin. Some are told, “Suck it up. You’ll be over it in six months.” Or, “This is just a part of life. Just live with it.”
The good news is you do not have to “just live with it.” You can have the same natural hormones you had when you were 25. You can regain that youthful feeling. You can prevent many of the negative consequences of the loss of hormones.
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