Your hormones play an important role in how you feel each day. These so-called “messengers” of the body regulate many different functions and processes, including those related to sleep, metabolism and reproduction.
As you age, or as a result of certain health conditions, hormone levels decrease. Especially important are the levels of testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. They have a big impact on how you feel. The right balance of hormones keeps you feeling energetic and active.
Hormonal decline leads to a wide array of undesirable outcomes: sleeplessness, fatigue, foggy thinking, low energy, weight gain and loss of lean muscle. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) restores the levels in order to improve the way you feel and to reduce the negative effects of hormone decline.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Regenerative medicine practitioners most often utilize bioidentical hormones in their treatment protocols, as differentiated from other synthetic hormones. The differences come down to how they are made, what they are made with and their molecular structure. Bioidentical hormones are manufactured in a lab to be identical to naturally occurring hormones, which is why they are favored by regenerative medicine practitioners. When examining the chemical structure of bioidentical hormones, they are exactly identical to the structure produced naturally by the human body. For this reason, it is expected to perform no different than your naturally occurring hormones. The same claim cannot be made of synthetic hormones. The differing and “additional” structures seen in synthetic hormones may have additional undesired physiological effects within the body and should be avoided whenever possible. We specialize in Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy whenever possible.
What do Bioidentical Hormones do?
Bioidentical Hormones are used to replace the low and continually decreasing levels of hormones witnessed in the natural aging process. The appropriate replacement of your hormones to a balanced state can help alleviate many common aging symptoms. Your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy as a way to alleviate:
- Lack of energy
- Poor sleep
- Decreased libido
- Lack of interest in sex
- Lack of interest in your favorite activities
- Weight gain or weight fluctuations
- Loss of muscle mass
- Difficulty concentrating
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- High cholesterol
- High risk of heart disease
- Loss of bone density
- Thinning hair
Once your baseline has been established through blood, urine, or saliva testing, we will be able to determine whether you can benefit from hormonal replenishment.
Hormones may be administered in pill form, as a gel or cream, an injectable, or as an implanted bioidentical pellet. The dose is based on the symptoms you are seeking to alleviate, as well as your age and health history. Follow-up discussions and periodic lab testing are very important to monitor how the dose is working or not working for you. Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy is a highly customized and individualized treatment program. Our access to the nation’s best pharmacies allow us to provide the highest quality customized bioidentical replacement hormones.
Will I Have to Stop Hormone Replacement Therapy at a Certain Age?
Not necessarily. There is not a predetermined age at which it is no longer safe. Instead, your health will need to be carefully evaluated to make sure you are still a good candidate. As a person ages, they are likely to need reduced dosing of their hormones. As with all aspects of modern medicine, an evaluation of the risk-benefit ratio of all therapies is the best way to determine when a therapy should be initiated and when therapies should be stopped. Our highly trained and experienced physicians continually monitor your safety and risk-benefit ratio to make essential changes to your therapy as needed.
Are Bioidentical Hormones Only for Women?
Absolutely not. Men and women alike can benefit from HRT because both men and women experience hormonal imbalance and hormone decline. The term used to describe the decline of hormones with age in males is Andropause. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is offered as a remedy for the symptoms of Menopause in females and Andropause in males.