Hormone Replacement2018-04-20T00:54:24+00:00

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Peri-menopause and Menopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when the ovarian production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone begins to decline. Even though the median age for menopause is 51, many women can experience menopause starting at the age of 35. Symptoms of hormone deficiency may include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, fatigue, memory loss, weight gain, urinary incontinence, muscle weakness and joint pain.

Hormonal balance is essential to good health for women of all ages. Hormone decline is not limited to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Other natural hormones that can decline include DHEA, Human Growth Hormone, thyroid hormone, melatonin and others. All hormones have a specific role in your body and all cells in the body have receptors for these hormones. Additionally each hormone affects numerous metabolic activities that support bone formation, lipid metabolism, liver function, and brain function.

One of the first hormones to decline is progesterone at around the age of 35. This produces symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, lighter sleep, PMS, mood swings, fibroids, heavy or irregular bleeding and weight gain. Progesterone is also responsible for bone building, thus women start to have bone loss at 35. Estrogen levels begin to decline around age 45 and wane altogether at 51. Changing estrogen levels produce hot flashes, skin and vaginal dryness, recurrent urinary infections, urine incontinence, bone loss and cognitive decline.

Bio-identical hormones are a natural hormone replacement that is identical in molecular structure to the naturally occurring hormones in your body. Diagnosis of hormone deficiency can be accurately achieved by physical examination, clinical history and lab work that include both saliva and serum testing. Hormone replacement can be in the form of pills, patches and creams. Hormone replacement along with nutritional and dietary counseling has been proven successful in treating menopausal symptoms and improving quality of life.

Male Andropause

The male hormone testosterone drops about 10% every decade starting around the age of 30. By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, the drop in hormone levels gradually produces changes in attitude, mood, confidence, memory, energy level, sex drive, muscle tone and mass, abdominal fat and physical ability. Psychological stress, alcohol, injuries, surgery, medications and obesity can contribute to its onset.

Hormone decline is not limited to just testosterone. Other natural hormonal levels can be deficient in Andropause. These hormones can include Human Growth Hormone, DHEA, thyroid hormone, melatonin and others. Studies have shown that a decline in testosterone and growth hormone actually contributes to the risk of health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis and weak muscles leading to frailty.

All cells in the body have receptors for hormones; declining hormones are a major contribution to deterioration of the brain, muscle, skin, bone, joints, vessels, heart and quality of life. Each hormone has a specific role in your body. Testosterone builds protein and is essential for sexual behavior. Additionally each hormone affects numerous metabolic activities that support bone formation, lipid metabolism, liver function, brain function and prostate gland growth.

Hormone replacement therapy should be considered for patients exhibiting symptoms of hormone deficiency. No patient is too old to start therapy. Diagnosis of hormone deficiency can be accurately diagnosed through physical examination, history and lab work that includes saliva and serum testing. Hormone replacement has been shown to significantly improve sexual performance, libido, energy, mood, memory, brain function, heart disease, muscle strength, abdominal fat and overall sense of well-being.

What are Bio-identical hormones?

Bio-identical hormones are derived from plants and have the same chemical structure as the hormones naturally produced by our bodies. Drug companies cannot patent a Bio-identical structure; therefore they create “synthetic” hormones. Bio-identical hormones are derived from natural sources such as soy and glandular extracts and are made at a compounding pharmacy. They are compounded specific to your bodies needs. Bio-identical are very inexpensive compared to other patented hormones. The average cost per hormone therapy ranges from $40 to $50 per month.

The goal of hormone therapy is to achieve overall better health. Our Hormone therapy includes not only compounded hormones but also incorporation of necessary herbs and vitamins for better health. We use saliva testing which measures the circulating amount of hormones in your body. We also use serum or blood testing for your thyroid hormone, cholesterol levels and glucose levels.

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