Inflammation with aging is common. Prior to menopause, most women experience little inflammation unless there is some primary disorder that causes inflammation to occur. If you are a woman that lives with inflammatory-based disease, and you are about to approach menopause, it may be prudent to consider estrogen therapy as a way to keep age-related inflammation under control.
Prior to menopause, estrogen plays a vital role in the life of a woman by not only aiding in reproduction but also in promoting bone health and balancing hormones and the other physiological systems. When menopause sets in, women begin to experience a decline in estrogen which then affects these same bodily systems – even exacerbated pre-existing conditions. Inflammation, for many women, can become more complex and lead to swelling, pain, and even the develop of migraine disorders. When under intense inflammation and complications, these same women often experience loss of bone density and the development of mental health complications.
To avoid some of the secondary complications associated with age-related inflammation, you may want to speak with your doctor about the use of estrogen therapy. While there is much debate over the implications of estrogen therapy in the development of breast cancer, for women who live with age-related inflammation, the benefits of reducing pain and limiting inflammation may far outweigh the breast cancer risk. For this reason, estrogen therapy is vital.
Inflammation in and around the brain, during menopause, can leave a woman feeling unable to concentrate, focus, or even obtain quality sleep. Again, estrogen therapy may provide a much needed method to reduce inflammation and is often chosen rather than taking anti-inflammatory medications. Going one step further, estrogen replacement therapy may also slow the process of neuron deterioration in the brain, leaving many women with a more health mental state in the aging process.
When consulting your doctor about the use of estrogen therapy, there may be several risks and benefits discussed. If you are a woman who is at-risk for any type of brain inflammation disease with aging, or you simply live with any other type of chronic inflammatory disease, estrogen therapy should be considered, even if only for a short period of time. In considering all options during and after menopause, you are giving your body the best opportunity to recover and move forward with as little inflammation as possible.