Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
What are the signs that you need Hormone Replacement Therapy? In our mid-life years, we start noticing the signs of aging. We no longer have the energy we took for granted a few years earlier, and our quality of life ebbs. Often, this is a result of hormonal imbalances – our bodies produce too little or too much of certain hormones.
While a normal balance varies from person to person, an imbalance results in uncomfortable symptoms and even unhealthy conditions and diseases, leaving us searching for a way to regain our former selves. This is where Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy at New Spring Wellness Center for both men and women can help!
How can Bioidentical Hormones help you?
Hormones begin to decline in both sexes around the age of 35 years and can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. Widely recognized symptoms accompany aging and the resulting hormonal balance. During menopause, women can experience hot flashes, weight gain and mood swings, while during andropause, men can suffer muscle loss, fatigue and erectile dysfunction. With hormone replacement therapy, our experienced medical staff can help restore your hormonal balance, and reduce or even eliminate common symptoms of an imbalance.
We replace hormones for two very important reasons. The number one reason is to alleviate symptoms of hormone deficit or imbalance. The number two and equally important reason is preservation of hormone dependent tissues – brain, bone, muscle, skin, eyes, cardiovascular system, central nervous system and most tissues in the body.
Hormone Therapy for Women Can Help Common Symptoms, Including:
Hormone Therapy for Men Can Help Common Symptoms, Including:
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones, a form of hormone treatment, are compounded hormones that originate from natural sources. They are effective without the typical side effects associated with synthetic hormones replacement therapies. These bioidentical hormones are constructed in such a way as to be impossible to differentiate from natural hormones, which increases their effectiveness.
For people to function at their best, their hormones must be in balance, working together. Any imbalance caused by age or disease prevents that best functioning. Even though the human body will continue to perform despite the hormonal imbalance, the quality of life fades. This is where bioidentical hormones can help by replicating and replacing the hormones lost. Bioidentical hormones help each individual function at his or her personal best.
What is the Process for Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
We’ll first have you meet with our practitioner and bioidentical hormone specialist, Dr. Paul Bernabe. After discussing your medical history, current symptoms, lifestyle and lab results, we can provide a prescription based on your individual and unique needs. For this reason, bioidentical hormones in many cases cannot be mass produced by large pharmaceutical companies.
Normal is different for each person, so reaching “normal” is also different for each person. These specific bioidentical hormones are compounded at a compounding pharmacy operating under FDA established guidelines. Compounding pharmacists make the bioidentical hormones according to the exact strength and dosage determined by our practitioner for each individual person.
Why choose Bioidentical Hormones?
Several studies show evidence that bioidentical hormones are safer and more effective than synthetic hormones. You should, nevertheless, always be aware that any hormone replacement therapy drugs, supplement or herb has hormone replacement therapy risks, and is not appropriate for every person. This is why you should always choose a practitioner who is trained in hormonal treatment, like ours is, and who will take the time to understand your medical history.
Several studies into the effectiveness of bioidentical hormones indicate that bioidentical hormones, when administered by a qualified medical practitioner, are safe and effective for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. More individuals in the United States and across the world are using bioidentical hormone therapy because of its effectiveness and low side effects.
What else can Bioidentical Hormones do?
In addition to reducing the signs and discomforts of aging, they also may treat diseases and other medical conditions, such as insomnia, thyroid disorders, muscle weakness, erectile dysfunction, depression and anxiety. Low energy, weight gain and muscle loss are sometimes due to hormone imbalance, and bioidentical hormones may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address those symptoms.
Treatment plans can use a single type of hormone, such as estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone, or a combination of hormones. Hypothyroidism may be treated with individual thyroid hormones such as triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4) or a combination of the two thyroid hormones. The adrenal gland hormones must be evaluated to diagnose and treat adrenal fatigue.