The Premature Menopause Epidemic
In recent years, we’ve seen more and more women afflicted by premature menopause. The common belief among leading medical experts is that environmental toxins, specifically estrogen-mimicking chemicals commonly found in foods and consumer-based products are largely to blame.
A recent article published by National Public Radio (NPR) told the heart-breaking story of a young woman in her mid 30’s, who was told just four months after getting married that she would be unable to bear children, because she was already in post-menopause. The cause was premature ovarian failure (POF) or premature ovarian insufficiency (POI). According to the article, unlike traditional menopause, which oftentimes occurs in a woman’s early 50’s, POF don’t necessarily mark the end of a woman’s menstruation and ovulation cycles – instead the cycle is intermittent or interrupted for an indefinite period of time. In fact, it’s estimated that 5 to 10 percent of women diagnosed with POF do get pregnant and give birth.
Looking back, the woman remembered early warning signs beginning in her mid 20’s – she was getting mild hot flashes and her periods were less regular. When the woman went to her doctor, her doctor immediately gave her a prescription for birth control. Studies suggest that although oral contraceptives don’t cause the condition, they can mask the symptoms POF and oftentimes lead to a belated diagnosis.
The article also explains that fertility isn’t the only aspect of a woman’s health that is compromised. The ovaries of a woman suffering from POF aren’t producing enough estrogen and being that women rely on estrogen for a variety of biological processes, POF can be damaging to a woman’s overall health as well.
The best way for women to maintain their ovarian health is to have their hormones tested regularly. Hormone testing helps a doctor pinpoint underlying hormonal imbalances and enables them to effectively treat the condition, by adjusting hormone levels. When it comes to balancing hormones, it’s important for women choose a treatment plan that is tailored to meet her specific needs.
That’s why BodyLogicMD’s highly trained physicians help women balance hormones naturally using a combination of bioidentical hormones and customized nutrition and fitness regimens. Bioidentical hormones are custom-compounded to match the hormones that the body naturally produces, making them a perfect fit.
Read the full article on National Public Radio