How can estrogen therapy benefit us?
The WHI (Women’s Health Initiative) study which caused all of the estrogen brouhaha. We may go back to the scene of the crime and extract something positive as well. One of the result of the study is that the study revealed that the major risks associated with estrogen (and it was synthetic estrogen which was not used in conjunction with progesterone, just FYI), were notable according to age.
Result of WHI Study:
I know that this last statement is completely contradictory to what we many of us have heard about estrogen and breast cancer risk, but I’m just going to be the messenger here. You decide how you feel about that claim.
Other benefits of estrogen therapy include restoring the elasticity & lubrication to vagina tissue. Not only can vaginal atrophy and dryness drop kick your libido right out the window, but urinary incontinence (associated with lack of tone with vaginal tissue) and increased risk for infections can become a problem as well.
Another benefit of estrogen therapy is that “good cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), tends to decrease with the loss of estrogen, and “bad” cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL) tends to increase, which raises the risk of heart disease.
It is low estrogen levels which are associated with those dreaded hot flashes and night sweats during perimenopause and menopause. My wife during her years in perimenopause, she addressed the perimenopausal syndrome like the hot flushes & night sweat by taking soy milk every day, which contains phytoestrogens (plant based).
It worked quite well for her, though not necessarily for everyone.
In proper balance, estrogen also helps with mood disorders. There is plenty of evidence which shows that too much estrogen, or estrogen dominance, contributed to raging mood swings. However, when properly balanced with progesterone, estrogen stabilizes mood swings and irritability by raising serotonin levels in the brain.
These are just a few of the benefits, but there are certainly many, many more.