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ANDROGENS

Often considered the male hormone, but both men’s and women’s bodies produce androgen, just in differing amounts. In addition to it’s own activity, part of it is converted into the female hormone called estrogen.

DHEA

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is an inactive prohormone naturally produced by the adrenal gland. Once released, DHEA is converted into sex hormones (androgens and estrogens.)

DYSPAREUNIA
[dis-pu-ROO-nee-uh]

The medical term for painful intercourse, dyspareunia is defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during, or after intercourse.

ESTROGENS

Often considered the female hormone, but both men’s and women’s bodies produce estrogens, just in differing amounts. They are naturally produced by the body and are necessary for normal sexual development and for regulation of the menstrual cycle during childbearing years.

HORMONES

Hormones are molecules naturally created within the human body that help coordinate the actions of various tissues. They are made and transported in the bloodstream to take effect in tissues and organs elsewhere.

MENOPAUSE

Menopause marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It’s diagnosed after you’ve gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.

PERIMENOPAUSE

This transitional phase may last for 4 to 8 years. It begins with changes in the length of time between periods and ends one year after the final menstrual period.

PROHORMONE

A prohormone is an inactive compound that is converted into a biologically active hormone.

VASOMOTOR SYMPTOMS

More commonly known as hot flashes and night sweats, vasomotor symptoms are common during perimenopause and early postmenopause.

VVA

Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA) is the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vulva and vaginal tissue that occurs after menopause.