When you need or don’t need to take hormones

When you need or don’t need to take hormones

In sum, it turns out that menopause has quite a few consequences, they are extremely diverse and, as we see, are not really encouraging. And our skin will begin to dry, and the bones will become senile, and the risk of genital infections will increase many times … For men, prostatitis is quite likely – they didn’t wait, as they say! .. And women in old age, in addition to eternal itching in the vagina, another dubious joy awaits – the replacement of mammary gland cells with connective tissue. Naturally, in this case, the breasts will decrease in size (although with excess weight, fat deposits can still increase), lose their elasticity and become just like large folds of skin with nipples.

Moreover, we all understand what the problem is, and we know how to try to fight it. After all, pharmaceuticals have long been manufacturing and selling a number of hormonal preparations – from trivial tablets to ointments, creams, lotions, etc. Currently, there are full-fledged cosmetic lines that produce only products based on male or female hormones. It’s not even a medicine – it’s a care product (often even for various skin types) that moisturizes, softens, and rejuvenates … Moreover, it rejuvenates so that we can “throw off” them for 10 years, or even more .

It would seem that what else is needed? Indeed, depending on the concentration of hormones in such drugs and the duration of their use, both sexes can quickly forget about the symptoms that pester them. And for many, thanks to them, the quality of sexual life also improves significantly, many forgotten opportunities return … In fact, the use of hormonal drugs is always a double step. It is most sensible to first consult with an endocrinologist about this. And after that, make the final decision.

The point is not even in obsessive and obscure explanations that, they say, all drugs are dangerous, everyone has side effects, etc. Yes, in general, this is true. But, as we have already said, hormonal cosmetics are not a medicine as such. The concentration of the active substance in it is significantly lower than in a therapeutic drug. This means that the likelihood of side effects is significantly reduced. As soon as we hear this argument from the seller (especially since it is true), we can be tempted by the prospects, despite the above considerations – because they do not apply to this tool.

In fact: hormonal age-related cosmetics in Western Europe has long become a familiar and normal phenomenon. We have not yet developed this branch of cosmetology. One way or another, these products are made with the expectation of their versatility – for many and many different aging scenarios. That is, if only a doctor can prescribe a medicine, buying a face cream does not require any special purpose, as it seems to us. But between buyers of developed and developing countries there is one, but a significant difference. And it consists in a completely different frequency, the culture of doctor visits, consultations with him, and the prevention of various pathologies.

The low quality of service, the abundance of time that we spend on “wiping the chair” in the queue, the high cost of research have fostered a persistent aversion to medical institutions and their “population” in white coats. We do not like to go to the doctors because often the diagnosis, made independently, costs us much cheaper and faster. And, what is most surprising, is much more accurate than the diagnosis obtained as a result of these endless “walks” from one office to another.

So our unwillingness to once again go for a consultation with a doctor is understandable and understandable. But in developed countries, such visits look very different and many of them are also mandatory. And therefore, a number of funds that “they have” have been on the free market for decades and without any special consequences, we still should not buy. The problem is not the danger of their composition and actions –the problem is the danger of our approach to them.

There are several arguments against the independent use of hormonal drugs. But they are all much more specific than these standard allusions to the ephemeral “side effects”. In fact, these drugs or creams are not toxic at all, and do not even glow in the dark. They are significantly safer than most antibiotics and, in general, can indeed be an ideal means of slowing down aging. But there are a number of nuances that are not related to their action or composition directly. In particular, it would not hurt us to think hard about:

1.Those hormones that we need most. As we said above, the background, natural for our body, can be initially different. In many men and women, from the very beginning of puberty, a higher background of hormones of the opposite sex is established than is accepted by the standard.

Women with high testosterone and men with high estrogen in the world are much more than it might seem. Moreover, such features of hormonal regulation are not the stage of deviation that would manifest itself so noticeably as to require correction. In other words, we are not talking about hermaphroditism, nor about hair growth by the type of the opposite sex, nor about problems in the genital area, or about other obvious signs of imbalance. This is just a personal feature from which the little things that are visible only to us follow. For example, fat deposition according to one or another type, a greater or lesser rate of development of atherosclerosis, a different picture of the course of critical days, a different level of muscle activity, etc.

We may not even realize that we have this feature. Meanwhile, menopause changes the main background in close interconnection with the proportions of the hormones that made it up. This process does not affect the adrenal glands, producing hormones of the opposite sex. Their activity above or below the accepted standard can play a decisive role in what hormones of which sex will give us the desired result – restoring balance. For example, a typical way for a mature organism to “raise” the fading synthesis of hormones of its sex is to increase the proportion of the hormone of the opposite sex. At the same time, the pituitary gland suggests that in response to an increase in the concentration of “foreign” hormone, the synthesis of “one’s own” will increase. But if we already have a high background of “alien” hormone, and we try to take an example from the pituitary gland with menopause (“our” hormone will not start to be produced anymore), we are really at risk of changing sex. At least for a number of external signs.

2.The fact that hormones have more than one “anti-aging” effects. High testosterone, for example, is not only masculinity and great sexual activity. It is also the rapid development of atherosclerosis, the early onset of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. And estrogen is mood swings at an age when nervous tension will not bring us anything good. In addition, this is a number of hormone-dependent tumors – fibromyoma or, for example, mastopathy. Plus, let’s not forget about his outstanding ability to accelerate obesity, even where there are no other prerequisites for this.

By the way, in cases where the pathology of the genital gland or organ began as benign, but first showed tenacity to treatment, and then signs of malignancy, oncologists also “suspect” hormonal imbalance. Finally, hormone therapy for both sexes is a revival of sexual desires at an age in which it is not always possible to satisfy them (and even more fully). It is clear that we do not expect all of these consequences, and we do not want many of them. Meanwhile, half of them are manifested in each patient receiving hormonal therapy. Yes, in different combinations and degrees, but with equally uncomfortable consequences.

3.The fact that we need is to remember our youth or to facilitate old age. The first we just do not get. We get only individual, often – disparate features of youth. The reverse development of most body tissues is impossible. This means that our kidneys, liver, and stomach will remain as they should be in our age. Brain function may improve, signs of failure in the bones, muscles, and joints may slow down. Perhaps we will become slightly less flabby skin of the face and body. But these not too significant changes will definitely not go any further. We will not be accepted as 40-year-olds, even in the dark and with near-zero vision.

In other words, we will get the effect, but it will be much less significant and complete than we would like. The danger here is that hormonal drugs can improve our appearance, mood and well-being and thereby unwittingly deceive us. After all, they will not “rejuvenate” a good half of vital organs. But all these organs, as a sin, are internal. Under the influence of this deception, we can, so to speak, accidentally allow ourselves more than the remaining biological resource can allow us. And the results here are clear: at best, it is a hospital bed for a period of weeks to months, at worst – death or disability.

4.The extent to which we generally need to risk new imbalances in the body. That is, for the sake of what we are going to do this, if we are still younger, we will not be much younger, but we have every chance to add the problems of one age to the problems of a completely different one … We already have a reputation, financial stability and rich life experience. Beautiful appearance has long ceased to be the only means of achieving success for us – we know and have long learned how to use much more reliable ways. If our transition to old age was marked by only a few shallow, localized changes, would it not be easier to solve them by local manipulations?

For example, if we have a high risk of CNS pathologies such as Parkinson, Alzheimer, etc., we have a good reason for trying to delay or slow them down. But if we only have dry skin in certain areas, wrinkles or crunch in the joints, hormone therapy in the fight against these problems will give no greater efficiency than simpler local procedures. Or did we seriously think that a portion of estrogen would help from an attack of radiculitis better than a warm compress? .. It will not save him, will not ease the attack and will not prevent a new one. In the same way, we most likely will have to continue using special emollients for the skin of intimate places even after the start of hormonal treatment. And against wrinkles, starting from a certain moment, only the surgeon’s scalpel can help us in general – there are simply no other means for their complete elimination at the age of over 40.

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