Why is estrogen important? When women are estrogen deficient, the impact may be subtle or hellacious, potentially transforming a woman’s life into a living nightmare. Over the past ten years working with perimenopausal and menopausal patients, I saw that a subtle symptom for one patient can be unbearable for another. Not all patients experience symptoms of estrogen deficiency the same. When estrogen is too low, it doesn’t matter if she’s a young girl just beginning her periods, a 30 year old mother of two, or a 48 year old woman in advanced perimenopause or menopause, the consequences are all the same; health is negatively impacted depending on her unique set of genetic circumstances and dietary choices.
Estrogen deficiency is at the root of most chronic diseases afflicting women, starting at the onset of menarche till the grave. The symptoms of estrogen deficiency are long but are not considered in medical diagnosis or treatment. It is under diagnosed and unrecognized in our modern medical model. Every woman with a diagnosable chronic disease suffers from estrogen deficiency yet doctors are not educated or trained to optimize estrogen. Adequate estradiol improves and may even outright resolve most chronic diseases that afflict women.
Many women go to the doctor for headaches and migraines, insomnia, joint pain, fibromyalgia and muscle pain, loss of drive and desire for intimacy. Many women would rather watch T.V. than interact with loved ones or friends, finding themselves emotionally isolated and feeling depressed. When these women go to the doctor and express their symptoms, they’re not given a lab requisition to get their hormones checked; they’re given prescriptions to treat the symptoms that cause the problem.
Unfortunately, doctors are not taught to get to the root cause of the symptoms their patients are experiencing. They are also not taught to optimize and cycle the hormones to mimic a woman’s own cycle. Doctors are taught to give the lowest possible dose to treat the maximum amount of symptoms. It’s about symptoms treating and disease management. Why are women falling for this? Our bodies do not function that way. Restoring hormones to optimal levels protects the body from the degenerative diseases of aging, reverses disease, and gives a woman her life back.