SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Prudence Hall, founder of The Hall Center in Santa Monica, CA, has always been a strong advocate for the overall health of her patients. It wasn't until she became immersed in treating menopausal patients with bioidentical natural hormones that she started investigating her birth control patients more carefully. "I was shocked to find that most of my twenty year old patients on the pill, had hormone levels that were on par with my menopausal patients. Normal estrogen levels for twenty and thirty year olds should be 150-250. Most of the pill users had levels of fifteen, twenty or low thirties. Less than thirty is considered to be in the menopausal range."
Information emerging about the female brain reveals that estrogen is an essential hormone for healthy brain functioning.
-- It enhances the connections between neurons, resulting in improved
memory and prevention of dementia.
-- Mood, smell, self-esteem, and even the ability of a woman to choose a
healthy partner to father her child depend on estrogen.
-- It stimulates the production of serotonin, which is one of the
"feel good" hormones in the brain.
-- When estrogen is low, serotonin levels become low, resulting in
depression, OCD, paranoia and ADD.
Dr. Hall says, "this is why so many women, who have low estrogen due to the birth control pill, end up on antidepressants and other medications. Surprise! These problems happen to the menopausal brain as well, due to loss of estrogen."
Dr. Hall states, "Menopausal women gain about thirty pounds, loose
their lovely skin, develop arthritis, have increased diabetes, increased
heart disease, more thyroid problems, more breast cancer and a loss of
their sex drive; all due to low estrogen." She adds, "Data from taking the
pill shows similar concerns with increased heart disease, more strokes,
increased depression, lower libidos, sugar
|SOURCE Dr. Prudence Hall|
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