I have a special interest in “hormone problems”.
Estrogen and progesterone have large influence on many organ systems not just the reproductive system. Symptoms such as irritability, dissatisfied mood, tearfulness, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and decreased sex drive can reflect hormonal influences on brain chemistry.
Some changes in the way our body responds to these hormones may occur with our age or change in patterns related to menstruation. These same “brain chemistry “changes can also occur without any noticeable change in menstrual pattern and are not always due to “hormones”.
Estrogen and Progesterone and other ovarian hormones also have important effects on skin, bones, blood vessels and hair follicles.
Basically, there are very few organ systems that act independently of estrogen, most people are unaware that men also make estrogen in amounts similar to women during the early phase of our menstrual cycle. They need estrogen too, we all do. When estrogen production drops as a consequence of aging replacement therapy is often very helpful.
Progesterone is a very complex hormone; this, unlike estrogen, is a” women only” hormone and is not made by men. In many body systems progesterone has an opposing effect to the actions of estrogen. Progesterone can have very important effects on brain chemistry and mood.
Internet research regarding ” hormones” often produces conflicting, incomplete information that ends up being very confusing. Hormone therapy can usually be quite simple and (as long as expectations are realistic) quite effective. There are many different forms of hormone therapy, the same thing is not always the right thing for different people.