Yes, the Hot Flash Formula is a once daily topical gel that may contain a customized blend of estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone and/or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The hormones used in the Hot Flash Formula are structurally identical to the hormones your body produces naturally. HRT is a regimen aimed at relieving the symptoms that some women experience during menopause. HRT works by replacing the hormones that your body stops producing when you go through menopause or when you have had surgery to remove your ovaries.
What is estrogen?
Estrogens are the primary female sex hormones. Estrogen has many important functions in the body such as; controlling cholesterol, maintaining bone structure, memory, heart health and skin. There are three major forms of estrogens in females: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. Each form of estrogen has its own unique characteristics. Estradiol is the most potent estrogen during the perimenopausal period in a woman’s life, whereas estrone plays a larger role after menopause. Research has shown high serum levels of estrone may be associated with an increased risk of causing certain breast cancers. Estriol is the least potent estrogen and plays a larger role during pregnancy. Considerable evidence exists to show that estriol may protect against breast cancer.
Symptoms of low estrogen
The most common reason for estrogen deficiency in women is due to natural or surgical menopause. Symptoms may include:
Periods that are less frequent or stop completely
Hot flashes and/or night sweats
Vaginal dryness or painful intercourse
What is progesterone?
Progesterone helps balance estrogen in the body and its main role is to protect the uterus from estrogen dominance. While progesterone is known mostly for its effect on the uterus, progesterone receptors are located in other parts of the body outside of the uterus as well, and have various effects on other tissues. Recent studies reveal additional effects of progesterone for bone health, hot flashes, and even sedation with implications for treatment of mood disorders.
Symptoms of low progesterone
The most common cause of low progesterone is menopause. Other causes may include thyroid conditions, chronic stress, obesity and PCOS. Decreased progesterone may lead to the following symptoms:
Pain and inflammation
What is dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)?
DHEA is the most abundant circulating steroid hormone in humans. Low levels of DHEA may be associated with age-related changes. Researchers have shown DHEA to exert an immunomodulatory action, improve physical and psychological well-being, muscle strength and bone density. DHEA has also been reported to improve sexual satisfaction and insulin sensitivity. DHEA is converted by the body into testosterone and other sex hormones.