Estriol for Women

Estrogen is one of the most widely known hormones, especially in women, but it comes in three varities: estrone, estradiol, and estriol. Estriol is the weakest kind of estrogen there is, but the irony is that its weakness is what makes it so effective for treating hormonal problems.  Other types of estrogen may satisfy the body’s needs, but they can also damage your body in the process and increase the risk of developing life-threatening conditions such as cancer.

What benefits does Estriol have? Is it weak?

Estriol is only weak in the sense that it is less powerful than the other forms of estrogen, but it is still more than strong enough to fulfill your body’s needs.  Estriol has been shown to perform all the same functions as other types of estrogen, from reducing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness, to improving bone density, urinary tract health, and preserving the health of your cardiovascular system.

For hormone replacement therapy, estriol has several benefits over the other types of estrogen.  Because it is the weakest form, it can offer all of the same benefits as the other forms of estrogen, but it has a much lower risk of side effects.  Other forms of estrogen therapy have been linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer, but estriol is much less likely to do so.   This makes it a much safer alternative.  Extended use of estriol has shown an improved estrogenic effect, which makes further estriol treatments more effective in treating an estrogen deficiency.

There are numerous other complications that can be the result of estrogen replacement therapy, such as blood clots, atrophy of the vagina, and urinary tract infections. Estriol can provide relief from these symptoms, as well as some menopausal symptoms, with a much lower risk of harmful side effects.

Is it safe to use?

Estriol is the safest type of estrogen available to be used for hormone replacement. Studies have shown that women with higher levels of estriol and lower levels of other types of estrogen have as much as a 58 percent reduced risk of developing breast cancer. This is because estriol is the only type of estrogen that does not stimulate breast cells, making the development of breast cancer far less likely.

Higher levels of estriol can relieve the symptoms of menopause, improve bone density, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and reduce the chance that you will develop breast cancer.  Estriol is not only safe to use, but actually beneficial.