I Understand Women Are Often Confused About Bio–Identical Hormones
There are things that can be quite confusing when you look through various books and listen to different speakers.
For example, when you see or hear the word “estrogen”, unless a specific type of estrogen is mentioned, it usually means that it is estradiol that is being spoken about. This happens as estradiol is the estrogen that has been the most researched and the most used both in pharmaceutical substances such as the birth control pill, and also in bio–identical hormone preparations.
Another very confusing thing is the use of the terms “perimenopause” and “pre–menopause”. They both appear to be used to describe the time anywhere from 3 to 10 years before a woman is fully into menopause.
However, Uzzi Reizz, M.D., Ob/Gyn, states in his book The Natural Superwoman, that “women are also entering perimenopause at notably younger ages than ever before.” He states that “although the average woman reaches perimenopause between 45 and 50, it is no longer surprising to find women entering perimenopause in their late twenties.”
Therefore, in this book, I am using the term “perimenopause” to indicate any form of hormonal imbalance that may create some of the symptoms that happen in menopause in a woman, no matter what age the woman is before she reaches menopause. I am using the term “pre–menopause” to mean the period of time anywhere from 3 to 5 years to 5 to 10 years before the actual onset of menopause.
The location of both of these terms during a woman’s life, is shown in the following illustration:
Throughout this book, I will attempt to provide clear and brief explanations to make the information more valuable to you.