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Hormone Checking in Minneapolis MN


Forgetfulness and cognitive decline are some of the most commonly reported symptoms of menopause. In fact, peri-menopausal women were 1.4 times as likely to report forgetfulness compared to pre-menopausal women in Minnesota, and this was independent of additional factors including reported stress. There are a number of mechanisms through which changes in hormones affect brain function and memory.

Estrogens have direct effects in the brain by increasing the number of synapses in the hippocampus, the region of the brain where transferring short term memories to long term memories is thought to occur. Estrogen and progesterone both help to protect the brain from exogenous and endogenous toxins including glutamate-induced excitotoxicity, and progesterone is a potent anti-inflammatory agent in the central nervous system, working to rebuild the blood-brain barrier, reduce edema and down-regulate the inflammatory cascade in the event of physical or ischemic trauma.

Another important mechanism through which hormones enhance memory is by increasing acetylcholine activity. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter involved in learning and encoding new memories and its production is greatly decreased in conditions of compromised memory including Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen increases the activity of the enzyme choline-acetyl transferase, which stimulates the synthesis of acetylcholine.

Maintaining optimal hormone levels throughout the menopausal transition can not only aide in the management of classically “menopausal symptoms” such as hot flashes and night sweats, but can prevent and treat memory loss and protect the brain from chemical and physical assault. As always, the correct balance of hormones is important, so it is important to test, not guess.


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Hormone Imbalance in Perimenopause Women In Minnesota


Perimenopause refers to the time period during which a woman’s body makes its natural transition toward menopause. Women in Minnesota start Perimenopause at different ages. Most often start during our mid to late 40’s, leading to menopause at an average age of 51 in the US.

Typical sign of perimenopause is that menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten. When sex hormone levels fluctuate and imbalance, many women in Minneapolis and St Paul may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swing, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.

In perimenopause, hormonal imbalance results when women’s sex hormone levels fluctuate widely. Contrary to popular belief, many of the symptoms experienced during perimenopause are not due to estrogen deficiency, but rather are due to estrogen dominance. The term “estrogen dominance” can be confusing at times because it does not relate solely to the amount of circulating estrogen in the body, but rather to the relationship between estrogen and progesterone.

In the next blog, we will discuss the details on the relationship between estrogen dominance and perimenopause symptoms.


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What is the difference between bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) and conventional hormone replacement (HRT)?


Menopausal women in Minnesota may develop some symptoms when hormonal imbalance occurs as they age. The common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, sleeplessness, mood swings, menstrual changes, fatigue, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, thinning skin, vaginal dryness, depression, irritability and bone loss. These symptoms of menopause are also related to your stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and the toxins your body that build up on a daily basis.

The good news is that there is a solution to help menopausal women in Minneapolis and St. Paul. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers physician supervised natural bio-identical hormone therapy in combination with nutrition and exercise. Bio-identical hormones will improve these menopausal symptoms and overall quality of life.

What is the difference between bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) and conventional hormone replacement (HRT)? Conventional HRT is best exemplified by the commercial drug Prempro. Prempro is a combination drug that has both estrogen and a progestin. The estrogens are derived from the urine from pregnant mares and the progestin is medroxyprogesterone, a synthetic hormone not found in nature. Prempro is taken orally once a day.

There are significant differences between conventional hormone replacement (HRT) and bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT):

Hormones are identical to human hormones No Yes
Dosage customized for individual patients No Yes
Hormone balance is goal of therapy No Yes
Primary goal is improved quality of life Possible Yes
Primary goal is to prevent disease Yes No
May causes other diseases Yes No
Close monitoring is regular part of treatment No Yes


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Menopausal Women in Minnesota


When a woman hasn’t had her period for twelve consecutive months she is considered to be post-menopausal. Hormone levels do not suddenly drop at menopause ; gradual changes occur for as long as 12 years prior to menopause. These years are known as peri-menopause. During this time progesterone levels begin to drop significantly. Estrogen levels also change, but rarely in balance with the change in progesterone levels. Estrogen dominance is common during peri-menopause and leads to mood changes, hot flashes, irritability and memory loss. Both estrogen and progesterone need to be in balance for the body to function optimally. That is why it is so important to have your hormones tested and balanced.

Menopause is part of the natural cycle of life, which every woman in Minneapolis and St Paul will go through. However, the aging side effects that can accompany changes in hormone levels can be avoided. Natural bio-identical hormone therapy for menopause can help women in Minnesota deal with these symptoms, reclaiming the vitality of your youth and freeing you to enjoy this new stage of life.


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