By definition, menopause is the complete cessation of periods for one year. Once you have reached that point, your body’s production of progesterone is almost zero, and your body’s production of the estrogens is well below its levels in the premenopausal years. The average age for menopause in American women is 51 and 95% of women will be menopausal between the ages of 40 & 58. A lack or imbalance in progesterone, estrogen and may times testosterone results in an increased risk of adverse symptoms as well as the following:
- Heart disease
- Colon cancer
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Urogenital atrophy
It is because of adverse symptoms and the increase in the diseases of aging that we advocate Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for most women.