ESTROGEN: Queen of Hormones

Natural Life News • Sept–Oct 2017

Life Enhancement with Dr. Michael Lang, ND, ABHRT

            A deficiency of estrogen only develops post menopause, when a women stops menstruating and therefore stops producing estrogen.

            Estrogen is not for use in premenopausal women! Indications for need of estrogen include urogenital atrophy, incontinence, sagging skin and breasts, increased skin wrinkles on face, fatigue, depression, mood swings and decreased libido, secondary to vaginal atrophy, hot flashes, night sweats.

            Major benefits of estrogen include protection against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders.

Estrogen protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, UTI’s, macular degeneration and cataracts. It prevents menopausal hot flashes and temperature dysregulation. Improves static balance in preventing falls, prevents neuro-degeneration.

            Breast tenderness, bleeding, fluid retention, mood swings, acne—can all occur from too much estrogen or increased sensitivity—I can lower dose or balance with progesterone.

            Endometrial cancer is well known to occur from unopposed estrogen and too little progesterone. Thrombosis, weight gain, fibroids, headache, gallstones are all unwanted effects that do improve by reducing the estrogen or increasing the progesterone. Heart attacks (HERS and WHI studies) occur with Prempro (synthetic) but not E2 (bio-identical) hormone therapy.

            Normal menstruating females have 50–400 pg/ml of estrogen. Optimal menopausal estrogen level is 75–100 pg/ml to achieve protection against heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. Minimal effective level per literature is 60–80 pg/ml for the beneficial effects. Post menopause levels stay at 50–80 pg/ml at the very least for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular issues.

            The medical literature indicates taking oral estradiol at 1–2 mg. Increase or decrease estradiol as needed, oral estrogen raises matrix metalloproteinase , CRP (creactive protein), triglycerides, SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), lowers free testosterone.

            Transdermal estrogen avoids all five of the above but is much less efficacious than oral for cardio- vascular and cerebrovascular protection. This is the big reason for oral use of estrogen—cardiovascular protection, which transdermal does not offer! Estrogen has wonderful benefits for men also, which we will discuss next time!


            Call Dr. Michael Lang, ND, ABHRT, for an appointment at (406) 586-1100. To learn more about services, visit Office at 704 N. 22nd Avenue, Suite #1, Bozeman. Facebook: thevitallife.

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