Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause – Low Estrogen Linked to Mental Illness, Dementia & Psychosis

by Laura Ramirez on July 10, 2011

Hormone replacement therapy for menopause may be crucial to mental health and preventing dementia. A study done in Jamaica has linked mental illness with menstruation and menopause. The common factor: the abrupt decline of estrogen. Since other studies have linked adequate estrogen levels to mental health and prevention of Alzheimer’s, all women, whether post menopausal or not, need to take this information to their doctors.ᅠ

MENSTRUATION, menopause and mental illness all have something in common, and it’s not just because they all begin with ‘men’. According to one local study,

As a culture, we often joke about staying away from premenstrual women as well as women who are going through menopause. Mood swings and in extreme cases, even temporary psychosis can be the effect of a sudden drop in estrogen which is exactly what occurs during menstruation and midlife change. In both cases, women may benefit from supplemental estrogen.ᅠ

Whenever women hear the terms “hormone replacement therapy for menopause,” they think about the old HRT made from horse urine that was linked to breast cancer and cancer of the female reproductive system. It’s important to understand that HRT has evolved and that synthetic hormones are no longer your only options. In fact, bioidentical hormones (that are natural and have the same structure as hormones made by our bodies) are an excellent option. Taking them in proper doses can protect your heart, bones, skin and now, your mental health.ᅠ

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