Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
We have the option to feel good—even great—as we age. Today, we’re lucky to have a few secrets to staying young and feeling fantastic well into our golden years. One of those secrets is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a safe and highly effective way to replenish the hormones that decline as we get older. Hormonal production reaches its peak in humans around age 25 to 30. After that, we experience a gradual and natural decline. The symptoms of menopause (for women) and andropause (for men) can dramatically affect one’s quality of life. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a wonderful way for both women and men to find relief from these difficult symptoms. Many individuals also notice a return of youthful vitality as a result of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
What Is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy involves administering hormones that are structurally identical to those in the human body. They can be taken in the form of a transdermal cream that you simply rub onto the skin. In my practice, I often insert hormones under the skin in the form of pellets that release hormones for a few months. Bio-identical pellet therapy is the most effective, convenient, and safe form of hormone replacement therapy.
Unlike synthetic hormones—which can have serious side effects—bio-identical hormones are derived from plants. Your body recognizes bio-identical hormones in the same way that it recognizes its own naturally produced hormones. These hormones play an essential role in many vital cellular functions. In some ways, they hold the key to our optimal everyday health.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
For many women, the years of perimenopause and menopause can be a difficult time. As their hormones decline, women can experience a range of symptoms, such as
- hot flashes
- low libido
- mood swings
- memory loss
- urinary incontinence
Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Not All Hormones Are Bio-identical
Traditionally, synthetic hormones have been used to replace the hormones that decline rapidly at the onset of menopause. But a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative revealed that synthetic hormones can have serious side effects which include an increased risk of
- blood clots
- heart disease
- breast cancer
- ovarian cancer
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a way to avoid these side effects and still get the benefits of relief from menopausal symptoms.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
We hear a lot about menopause and the changes that women experience in midlife. But we hear very little about the changes that men go through. In fact, men experience a hormonal decline as well. After testosterone production peaks at about age 25, the levels of this hormone in the blood gradually begin to drop. By the age of 50, production of testosterone in most men decreases by half. The process is called andropause, and the symptoms can be similar to that of menopause.
Symptoms of andropause can include
- loss of muscle mass
- decreased strength and endurance
- loss of sex drive
- erectile dysfunction
- hair loss, depression
- reduced self-confidence
- memory problems
- low energy
The combination of low testosterone and high cortisol can cause mood swings, known as Irritable Man Syndrome. During andropause, the conversion of testosterone to estrogen may also increase, which can lead to increased body weight and enlargement of the prostate.
Fortunately, men do not have to take these changes as a given. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy offers a way to replenish testosterone levels safely and effectively. The restored levels of testosterone help to
- increase muscle mass
- lower insulin, which can reduce inflammation, blood sugar, and body weight
- improve memory, focus and decision making
- improve libido and erections
It’s a win-win for men looking to maintain their peak health and vitality, at any age.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Aging
In recent years, there’s been a paradigm shift in the way we think about aging. We once thought that our hormones come down because we are aging. But now scientists believe that we are aging as a result of a drop in hormones. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be a way to safely intervene in the aging process, and in some ways, to reverse its effects.
Aging occurs on a cellular level. As a cell continues its lifelong cycle of replicating and regenerating, it eventually starts to make errors. The telomeres—which are compound structures at the end of a cell’s DNA—begin to get shorter. Hormones are one of several factors that some scientists believe can help prevent this cellular breakdown. Although we can’t turn back the clock, we can restore many of the effects of our youthful years with hormone replacement therapy. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the safest way to achieve this, and is a cornerstone of anti-aging medicine.
How I Work with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormonal balance is the key to optimum vitality, well-being and peak performance. Every person is unique, and everyone will require a different balance of hormones to get the optimal results with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Schedule appointment today, and I’ll work with you to relieve your symptoms and restore the equilibrium that you need to function at your best, and to feel better than ever.