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12 Very Surprising Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

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Published: Friday, March 27, 2015

12 Very Surprising Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

 

 1. Anxiety, feelings of dread, apprehension & doom

 2. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing & laughing

 3. Itchy, Crawly Skin

 4. Aching, Sore joints and muscles

 5. Bloat, gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, nausea & gas pain

 6. Increase in allergies

 7. Thinning hair or hair loss on head or body / increase in facial hair

 8. Changes in body odor

 9. Electrical shock sensations

10. Bleeding gums / gum problems

11. Soft or brittle fingernails

12. Tinnitus / ringing in the ears

         

We all know about Hot Flashes, Night Sweats & Vaginal Dryness but take a look at these rather surprising symptoms.  These symptoms can also be helped with natural Progesterone crème.  Don't accept these "Terrible Twelve" as oh, well, I'm just getting old. 
No, no, no... Its hormones!

 

1. Anxiety, feelings of dread, apprehension & doom
The shifting levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone play a part in the mood swings and ups and downs that accompany PMS and pregnancy. During menopause, those same hormones fluctuate and freefall, often impacting moods and possibly amplifying any anxiety symptoms a woman already feels. 

2. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing & laughing
This can be a result of pressure or stress on the muscles and nerves that help you to hold or pass urine. Hormone changes could affect muscle strength.
Estrogen helps keep the bladder and urethra healthy and functioning properly. As you near menopause, your estrogen levels begin dropping. This lack of estrogen may mean that your pelvic muscles are no longer able to control your bladder as they did before, and that urethral tissues may have weakened. As estrogen levels continue to drop throughout menopause and after, Urinary Incontinence may become worse.

 

 

3. Itchy, Crawly Skin
Hormones regulate the moisture levels of your tissues and stimulate the production of collagen.
As the levels of hormones in your body fall, so does the amount of collagen and skin-moistening oils produced. Skin becomes dry and irritated. You can find yourself scratching at all hours of the day.  Progesterone helped me and it can help you, too.


4. Aching, sore joints and muscles
As you 
reach menopause, hormone levels drop or become imbalanced.  This can result in swollen and painful joints.
Hormones are important for regulating fluid levels in your body, and with falling levels, your body is unable to retain water efficiently. This dehydration can cause joint pain because of a buildup of uric acid which causes inflammation in your joints.  I have seen women who thought they had arthritis become completely symptom-free when they began to use progesterone crème.  Don't suffer needlessly!


5. Bloat, gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, nausea & gas pain
Again, these can be caused by fluctuation in hormones. When hormone levels become erratic during perimenopause, so does the incidence of water retention, leading to bloating.
Also, hormones influence the production of bile which aids in digestion and acts as a lubricant in the intestines. When hormone levels decrease as a result of menopause, this leads to a decrease in bile production. Stools in the small intestine can become dry, hard, and accumulate due to the lack of lubrication, leading to constipation and bloating. 
Who needs that?

 

6. Increase in allergies

   Because the ovaries no longer produce normal levels of hormones during menopause, the adrenal glands usually pick up the slack-this leads to adrenal fatigue. When the adrenals are depleted, it leads to increased sensitivity to various foods and environmental elements, which are often expressed as allergies.   

 

 

7. Thinning hair or hair loss on head or body / increase in facial hair
Hair loss during menopause is caused by the decrease in hormone levels. With an imbalance between estrogen & progesterone, testosterone takes over and either causes hair to grow back sparsely or thinner than before. The disproportionate levels of testosterone can also lead to growth in facial hair.

 

8. Changes in body odor
When your hormone levels drop, a new type of sweat is released from the apocrine glands.  It contains fatty acids that bacteria feed on, causing changes in body odor that are unique for each woman. You may like your new smell (mine was like a "cookie", not too bad), or you may not like it.  Progesterone can help rebalance you.

 

9. Electrical shock sensations

   Hormone fluctuation impacts the nervous system. Research suggests that it is the misfiring of neurons caused by hormone imbalance that leads to the feeling of electric shocks during menopause. These shocks are often precursors to hot flashes. Nasty!

  

10. Bleeding gums / gum problems
Declining hormone levels are the primary cause of gum problems in menopause. Hormones affect the gums, the salivary glands, mouth joints, and jawbones. This can lead to an increase in gingivitis, irritation, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums.

 

 

11. Soft or brittle fingernails
Fingernails are made from a hard substance called keratin, which is produced by special cells at the root of the nail bed. When hormones fluctuate during menopause, the keratin layer is weakened and the nails may become weak and easily breakable. Another issue that contributes to brittle nails is dehydration-as discussed previously in #4, when hormone levels decline, your body may not be retaining enough water for healthy nails to grow.  Now you have aching joints AND brittle nails. 

 

12. Tinnitus / ringing in the ears
The feeling of a ringing or buzzing sensation in the ear is a less common problem, but still one that researchers have associated with menopause. Causes include the use of HRT (hormone replacement therapy), uses of medication such as Prozac and aspirin, or even other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats. Bio-identical progesterone and also the hormone melatonin have been shown to relieve tinnitus.

 

Wow!  These are 12 strange symptoms that you may be accepting because you think you are "Getting Old" No, no, no! Hormone balance to the Rescue!

 

Visit the website www.bhnformulas.com to get your Hormone Crème!

Call me if you need more help!

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Love,

Barbara

 

 

 

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History of HRT

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Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Did you ever wonder why so many women ended up on Synthetic Hormones?  Our great grandmothers did not have them available.  Where did they come from?  Read on...

 

History of HRT

(Hormone Replacement Therapy)

 

1942 - Premarin (a synthetic estrogen) is patented and sold as a treatment for menopause. Premarin is derived from PREgnant MAre's uRINe and is an equine (horse) derived hormone.  Natural hormones cannot be patented, so the synthetic version was the way to go for the pharmaceutical companies.

 

1966 - In the book, Feminine Forever, estrogen was recommended as a "cure" for the "tragedy of menopause." The author stated that women on estrogen therapy "will be much more pleasant to live with and will not be dull and unattractive," and will remain "fully sexed." The book sold 100,000 copies in a matter of weeks. Women began to ask their doctors for estrogen supplementation and Premarin sales escalated.

 

1969 - In the book Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex By David Reuben, M.D, stated estrogen was again promoted as a menopausal cure all. In the book, Dr. Reuben said, "Without estrogen a woman comes as close as she can to being a man" and "For too many women, menopause marks the end of their useful life." Women raced to their doctors to get the prescription. Premarin was again the prescribed estrogen.

 

1975 - NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE published two hormone studies showing: Women who took menopausal estrogen alone without progesterone had four or more times greater risk of endometrial cancer. In women with 7 or more years of use, a 14 times greater risk.  In other words, estrogen alone was dangerous for a woman with a uterus.  Doctors now began to give Provera (a synthetic progestin) along with estrogen.

 

1976 - A study showed that breast cancer may be increased in estrogen users. Subsequent studies showed other increased health risks.  Women become more wary.

 

1979 - Estrogen sales have plummeted.

 

1985 - In an effort to regain estrogen sales, a new campaign was begun to promote estrogen for the prevention of bone loss.

 

1986 - Heart disease: The Framingham Heart Study conducted on 240,000 women reported that postmenopausal estrogen users had 50% more heart disease and twice as much cerebrovascular disease. Conclusion: There was no coronary benefit from estrogen use.  The estrogen theory begins to be questioned and studied.

 

1987 - Postmenopausal Estrogen Progestin Interventions Trial (PEPI) studies were begun to study the effect of these synthetic hormones.

 

1989 - A Swedish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) caused a slight increase in breast cancer. With combination Hormone Replacement Therapy(estrogen and progestin) breast cancer risk more than doubled.

 

1990 - PEPI Trial is completed. It showed HRT (synthetic) reduced some risks (LDL) but increased other triglycerides. The PEPI study was the first major study in the U.S. that compared natural micronized progesterone (bio-identical) as one of its therapies. Investigators found that the natural progesterone protected the endometrium (vs progestin) and did NOT negatively affect triglycerides.

 

1994 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) authorizes a study called the Women's Health Initiative. (WHI) 25,000 women are involved and the study will follow them for 8 ½ years and look at the long term effects of synthetic hormone replacement therapy (Premarin and Prempro) otherwise known as HRT.

 

1995 - The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published an article stating that not only long-term but short-term use of Premarin had a 40% risk of acquiring breast cancer.  Women begin to be concerned but sales keep going strong because of their fear of becoming unwomanly.

 

1995 - The Nurse's Health Study is published. It is frightening.  Women taking synthetic estrogen alone had a 36% increase risk of breast cancer, those on synthetic estrogen plus progestin had a 50% increase; those on progestins alone had a 240% increase risk.

 

1998 - The HERS Study (Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study) shows HRT did not help women who already had a heart attack and may cause more heart attacks and strokes in that group. Natural progesterone was not studied or offered as a choice in this study.

 

2000 - The WHI (Women's Health Initiative) is halted until women are warned of the preliminary findings. Study participants taking HRT are told that women are experiencing heart attack and strokes. They are offered the chance to drop out. The NIH allows the study to continue, apparently in hopes that the trend would diminish over time.

 

2001 - The Women's Health Initiative is still going strong. Findings:  6 million women were using HRT. 45 million prescriptions for Premarin were written. 21.4 million were written for Prempro (Premarin & Provera)  Premarin sales reach 2.04 billion dollars.

 

2002 - July 9, 2002, the WHI HRT study is abruptly stopped with an enormous amount of media coverage. The participants had increased risks of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. Doctors are urged to prescribe HRT  for short term relief only.

HRT failed to be the protective fountain of youth doctors and women had long since believed.  Evidence was mounting  that taking it could actually be harmful.

 

2020 - 60 million women will be in or through menopause. They are looking for a safe alternative to HRT.  

 

Natural, bio-identical progesterone can protect against coronary artery spasm, breast cancer, osteoporosis and stroke. Progestins (synthetic) can contribute to artery spasm and breast cancer.

If you need estrogen, I believe bio-identical estrogen (Estradiol, Estriol)  will not cause the negative side effects of the synthetic.  They will go down a more natural hormone pathway... the way God designed us instead of "going rogue" in the body.

Natural progesterone is also most helpful for the other 35 symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause.

Write to me if you need more help!

barbara@askbarbarahoffman.com

 

Blessings,

Barbara

 

 

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USING PROGESTERONE WITH BIRTH CONTROL PILLS AND PATCHES

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Published: Monday, February 23, 2015

An Interview with Dr. David Zava


    

 

A common question  is whether it' s OK to use progesterone cream while taking contraceptive pills or patches. Dr. Lee' s response was always, "Probably, but we need more information to be sure."
Here is an interview with Dr. Lee's friend and colleague, Dr. David Zava, with an update on this topic.

 

Dr.Zava: "Let' s answer this question by first looking at what the synthetic hormones in birth control pills and patches do in a woman's body. Overall, they drop your estradiol [an estrogen], progesterone and testosterone levels, they interfere with cortisol levels and they increase the risk of insulin resistance. Women on birth control pills tend to gain weight around the waist, which is a hallmark of insulin resistance.

 

About 95 percent of the natural hormones found in the blood are inactivated by serum hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This is one of your body's control mechanisms for maintaining hormone balance. Think of SHBG as a sponge that soaks up excess hormones. The synthetics found in birth control pills aren' t soaked up by SHBG so there is no real regulation of them.

 

Let' s take ethinyl estradiol, a synthetic estrogen, as an example. Unlike your natural hormones, it doesn' t bind to SHBG, so it remains available to the tissues. At the same time, it causes the liver to produce huge amounts of SHBG. That means ethinyl estradiol is freely available but the natural hormones, which do bind to SHBG, are very unavailable."

 

Contraceptive Chemicals "Shut Down" Your Own Hormones

 

In women, SHBG particularly soaks up testosterone, so women on birth control pills tend to have very low testosterone levels. Low testosterone can mean low libido, slow metabolism and weight gain, vaginal dryness and bone loss. If you' re taking birth control pills you' re probably missing out on the benefits of normal testosterone levels.

 

Synthetic hormones are also going to the brain and shutting down gonadotrophins, specifically the LH and FSH that regulate the menstrual cycle, so women taking birth control pills aren' t making their own estrogen, progesterone or testosterone, and they aren' t ovulating. If you suppress that part of the brain long enough it will shut down because you are not asking it for anything. If you go off the birth control, it may take awhile to kick back in and in some women it never comes back. Meanwhile, your body is accustomed to making all this SHBG, so even if you do start making your own hormones the SHBG is soaking up every bit of them.

 

Women who go off birth control pills can be extremely hormone deficient for weeks or months, sometimes years.

 

Synthetic Hormones have an Identity Crisis

 

A synthetic hormone is very schizophrenic. It doesn' t know which receptor it belongs to. Take medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) for example, a progestin [synthetic progesterone]. Yes it hits the progesterone receptors and acts something like progesterone, but it also hits glucocorticoid receptors and acts like a cortisol, which suppresses your adrenals. So I frequently see women on birth control with low cortisol. It has some cortisol activity but it' s not consistent. This is why women on birth control pills can get so tired and depressed. MPA also has some androgen [male hormone] activity as well as some

anti-androgen activity. Pretty soon the body doesn' t know what it wants or needs because its hormone balancing systems aren't working.

 

Your own natural hormones are very specific. Testosterone doesn't see estrogen receptors or cortisol receptors, it only sees testosterone receptors. Estradiol doesn' t see progesterone or testosterone receptors. Mother nature made these hormones very unique for the receptors that they bind to and they don' t bother with much else-within physiologic ranges. If you start taking high doses of natural hormones it' s a different story, you' ll get side effects and hormone imbalance. MPA on the other hand will bind to all of them. It' s a mess and it' s why you get all the side effects. It' s just awful. It doesn' t happen to every woman, but when it happens it' s horrible.

 

Now we can get back to the question of whether you can use progesterone cream when you're taking birth control pills. The progestin in the birth control pills goes to the brain and shuts down ovulation. No ovulation, no pregnancy. Meanwhile, the progesterone cream can help counter some of the side effects of the synthetic hormones. I've seen many women who are having side effects from birth control use progesterone cream and feel much better."

 

BARBARA:  Thanks to Dr. Zava for explaining how progesterone cream can alleviate the negative side effects of synthetic hormones on a woman's body.  ProHELP to the Rescue! 

 

 

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7 Things You Should Know About Estrogen Dominance

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Published: Monday, February 16, 2015

7  Things You Should Know About Estrogen Dominance

 

Estrogen Dominance refers to the state where the key hormones estrogen and progesterone are not in balance and estrogen is present in a higher ratio than progesterone. There are over 23 unpleasant symptoms, especially weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings.

 

1.   Women produce estrogen all of their lives.  After the ovaries are gone or have shut down, estrogen is produced in fat cells of the stomach, abdomen & thighs.  Progesterone levels drop to near zero, so progesterone supplementation is key.

2.   Balance: At every stage of a woman's life from puberty onwards, estrogen needs to be balanced by progesterone for hormonal health. If not you can have heavy bleeding, PMS, PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, hot flashes, night sweats osteoporosis.

3.   You can have high levels of estrogen, or low levels, and both can result in estrogen dominance. It is not the levels of estrogen and progesterone that are important in themselves, it is their ratio to each other that matters and whether they are in balance so that one does not predominate over the other.

4.   Every effect of estrogen is balanced by progesterone so they work in harmony: for instance estrogen causes fluid retention, but progesterone is a natural diuretic. Estrogen wants to store fat, progesterone wants to burn fat. Estrogen can raise blood pressure, progesterone can lower it.

5.   Estrogen dominance is linked to a number of conditions including breast cancer as estrogen stimulates breast tissue but progesterone protects it. The same is true for the risk for heart disease and strokes as progesterone is protective of heart health.

6.   You may think you do not have any excess estrogen risk but estrogen is present in the environment and plastic products and even drinking water as well as in medications such as the Pill and HRT.

7.   Estrogen dominance causes weight gain: Estrogen is the "fat storage" hormone. The more estrogen-dominant you are the more likely you are to look like a "Pear".

 

Want to tackle Estrogen Dominance? Increase your progesterone levels to restore the normal estrogen/progesterone ratio in the body. The most effective way to do that is by using a bio-identical natural progesterone hormone cream to deal with symptoms and bring back hormonal balance.

 

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ESTROGEN DOMINANT? There is help!

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Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A supplement exists that can "detox" your body from excess estrogens

DIM (di-indolylmethane) for Protection against

Estrogen Dominance

Here are the symptoms of estrogen dominance.  Take a look:

IS THIS YOU?

  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia, restless sleep
  • Headache, including migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy periods
  • Memory loss
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Irritability
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Acne
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Infertility
  • Irregular menstrual flow
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Depression
  • Urinary frequency
  • Anxiety / Panic attacks
  • Dry eyes
  • Osteoporosis, osteopenia
  • Increased body fat
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Hair loss
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Thyroid imbalance / hypothyroid
  • Blood clots
  • Increased breast cancer risk
  • Bloating / fluid retention

These symptoms may sound common to some of you, but they are not normal. If you have any of these symptoms, it is essential to get your hormones back in balance as soon as you can.

 

Estrogen is the common factor among perimenopause, PMS, enlarged prostate, and early heart attacks. Luckily, new studies have shown that certain phytonutrients found in cruciferous vegetables offer a natural approach to resolving estrogen imbalance. Taking dietary supplements that contain these phytonutrients, called di-indoly methane (DIM), helps promote healthy estrogen metabolism.

 

What is DIM, and how can it help hormones?

DIM is a phytonutrient found in cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, rutabaga, and turnip. When consumed in food or absorbable supplements, DIM's  metabolic pathway overlaps precisely with the pathway needed for healthy estrogen metabolism. Simply put, DIM supplements help restore healthy estrogen balance.

 

What is estrogen dominance?

Middle-aged women (and men) often experience changes in hormone production that result in an excess of estrogen. There are three basic forms of this imbalance.

  1. Perimenopause - In the few years before menopause, known as perimenopause, many women experience faltering estrogen metabolism. This is characterized by abnormally high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone.
  2. Middle-aged men - Rising estrogen levels are often a problem for men over 45. In overweight men especially, testosterone is increasingly converted into estrogen and can accumulate in the prostate gland.
  3. Acquired estrogen imbalance - Acquired estrogen imbalance affects both men and women by stimulating the growth of too much "bad" estrogen and too little "good" estrogen.

What benefits can DIM offer?

Supplementing with DIM helps to shift the production of estrogen away from the "bad" kind and towards the "good" kind. This improves estrogen metabolism and helps resolve all three forms of estrogen dominance.

 

Why not just eat more cruciferous vegetables?

Although higher intake of cruciferous vegetables is associated with lower rates of prostate cancer, you would have to consume at least two pounds per day of raw or lightly cooked cruciferous vegetables to achieve the same results as two capsules of DIM would.  Supplementing with DIM is equivalent to eating 3 pounds of broccoli, cauliflower or brussel spouts per day and can effectively & positively shift the balance of hormones

 

What are the effects of DIM on premenstrual syndrome?

PMS symptoms, which include irritability, aggression, tension, depression, mood swings, water retention, and breast pain, have been shown to improve with  DIM supplementation. This may be due to the fact that DIM helps correct the estrogen imbalance that can occur during the 2 weeks leading up to the menstrual cycle. Pregnenolone levels are also elevated during PMS, which can cause anxiety, but DIM supplementation keeps levels balanced and promotes healthy metabolism.

 

How can proper estrogen metabolism promoted by DIM benefit men?

Many men also experience estrogen dominance as a result of midlife changes such as weight gain around the middle, hair loss, and prostate enlargement. Thus, DIM plays a role in helping to intervene with excess estrogen and offset these conditions.

 

Can DIM help improve the safety of synthetic hormone replacement therapy?

I do not think synthetic hormones are safe. In my view, the negative side effects are unacceptable. These include an increased risk of breast cancer, uterine cancer, and life-threatening blood clots. However, if you are taking HRT (synthetic), studies have shown that supplementing with DIM will increase the level of protective estrogen and may reduce the risk of cancer and the risk of blood clot formation.

 

So, in a nutshell... here is what DIM can do:

Regulates & Promotes healthy estrogen metabolism and balance

  • Stimulates detoxification enzyme systems
  • DIM appears to have anti-proliferative effects in prostate cancer cells
  • May reduce production of 2 proteins needed for breast and ovarian cancer to spread
  • May promote a beneficial shift in the balance of the sex hormones, estrogen & testosterone
  • Can promote fat loss by reducing levels of unhealthy estrogens that can cause excess weight to  be deposited around the abdomen, thighs & hips of both men and women.

Taking DIM can help with these disorders:

  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroid tumors
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Irregular periods
  • Chronic, recurring breast pain
  • PCOS ( Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

The product I really like to supply you with DIM is called IndoleGard or you can look for a product that supplies 300 mg of DIM per day.  It is also known as Indole-3-carbinol.

Find IndoleGard here:  http://www.bhnformulas.com/indolegard.html

 

 

 

What is the best way to take DIM?
Take 300 mg per day.  DIM can be on the pricey side, but a  3 month course of DIM can be all you need to restore proper estrogen levels.

 

"Optimal estrogen balance is key to cancer prevention, losing weight and feeling great in both men and women. A 3 month course of indolegard can be all you need." - Barbara Hoffman

 

For more information on bio-identical estrogen, call us!
For phtyo-estrogen products, visit
www.bhnformulas.com

 

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