(PRWEB) June 11, 2005
"As women age, health and wellness are obtained and maintained by balancing your hormones, says author Steven Hotze,M.D., in his new book, "Hormones, Health, and Happiness."
Female hormonal balance between the estrogen hormones and progesterone is essential. The three human estrogen hormones have numerous effects on the body which require the balance of progesterone to prevent the effects of estrogen dominance which can lead to a host of health problems.
Good health occurs when the hormones in the body are produced in adequate amounts and are in balance. "Think of this as hormonal harmony, says Hotze, "as if the hormones are a symphony orchestra. If one section of the orchestra, say the brass section, is too loud, then this will drown out the other sections of the orchestra and ruin the symphony."
As Women Age
A womanÂs ovaries generally function best between a few years after puberty until around age 30. As a woman ages so do her ovaries. By the time a woman reaches 35 years of age she is over halfway through her menstrual life and her ovarian function begins to falter.
The progesterone hormone production falls most dramatically over the last half of her menstrual life, between the ages of 35 and 50.
This decline in progesterone occurs for two reasons. Firstly, the ovaries are aging and functioning less effectively than they did earlier in life. Secondly, as a woman ages she begins to have menstrual cycles during which her ovaries do not ovulate, that is, they do not give off an egg. This is called an anovulatory cycle. When a woman does not ovulate during a menstrual cycle, her ovaries will produce no progesterone. These are the causes of what is termed Âprogesterone deficiencyÂ.
In these cases, the hormones that have the greatest influence in a womanÂs body are the estrogen hormones. When this occurs a woman will experience estrogen dominance, meaning her female hormones are imbalanced in favor of the estrogen hormones. Many women have experienced estrogen dominance since puberty. In most women, this condition develops as they move through their menstrual lives.
The approach of menopause-
The estrogen hormones and progesterone decline as a woman ages. But progesterone declines much more rapidly than do the estrogen hormones. As a woman approaches and enters the change of life, menopause, she may begin to experience the symptoms of declining estrogen hormones manifested by hot flashes and vaginal dryness. By this time progesterone is no longer being produced by the ovaries. Even as she has symptoms of declining estrogen a woman still has estrogen dominance because there is no progesterone to balance the lower levels of estrogen. When a woman enters menopause her ovaries no longer function. Yet, she still makes estrogen hormones, primarily estrone, in her fat cells at approximately 50% of what she made premenstrually.
In his new book, "Hormones, Health, and Happiness", Dr. Hotze introduces the reader to a way to get their best life back. Dr. Hotze plots a plan using bio-identical hormones rather than the dangerous synthetic drugs that have received so much negative publicity in the past two years.
For more information on "Hormones, Health, and Happiness, please go to http://www.hotzehwc.com or
Contact Nanette Noffsinger to schedule an interview with Dr. Hotze.
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