What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormone Production Decline Due to Age
As we age, it’s normal for men and women to experience a natural decline in hormone production and most often the symptoms of low hormone levels go unnoticed or are believed to be caused by stress, lack of sleep or other health and wellness problems.
Those suffering from hormonal imbalance may experience:
- Night Sweats
- Hot Flashes
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weight Gain
- Sleep Disorders
- Decreased Libido (Low Sex Drive)
- Negative Mood States (Anxiety, Depression or Mood Swings)
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Water Retention
- Mental Fog
- Decreased Stamina
- Decreases Muscle Mass/Strength
Hormones affect many bodily functions and when levels are imbalanced, they can wreak havoc on the physical and emotional life of sufferers. For instance, low levels of testosterone have been linked to depression, weight gain and sexual dysfunction in men. For our bodies to function properly it’s essential to have balanced hormone levels.
Most people don’t seek treatment because they don’t believe there is relief from the symptoms related to aging and many who do seek treatment are prescribed drugs to treat the symptoms that may have unwanted side effects and don’t actually treat the cause of the symptoms.
There is help for those suffering from the effects of hormonal decline and the aging process. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a revolutionary new treatment that increases and balances hormone levels and gets you back to the life you enjoy.
Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy
Some physicians prescribe synthetic hormones made from chemicals to treat the symptoms of aging and hormonal decline. These chemically derived substances don’t match the hormones naturally produced by our bodies, and many times, our bodies don’t absorb these substances as they would naturally produced hormones. This may lead your body to reject the synthetic hormones, which can worsen the symptoms you’re trying to alleviate!
How Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is Different
Unlike synthetic hormones made from chemicals, the Bioidentical Hormones used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy are extracted from natural sources like yams and soy plants, which are then compounded by a pharmacist to fit your individual hormone and health and wellness needs. Bioidentical Hormones are exact replicates of the hormones produced in your body, which enables you to efficiently absorb and assimilate them into your system. Those that undergo Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy experience increased energy and stamina and a revival of libido without the side effects of synthetic hormones or drugs.
Other Disorders Treated With BHRT
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has also been successful at treating disorders that may not be related to aging or hormonal imbalance. Below is a list of some of the disorders that are treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a painful condition characterized by fatigue in conjunction with joint and muscle pain throughout the body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia by supplementing estrogen and progesterone in the body, which helps facilitate the production of magnesium. Low levels of magnesium have been shown to increase the risk of muscle soreness and tension, poor sleep, tension and migraine headaches, anxiety, hyperactivity, and constipation, which are all common symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Menopause: Menopause is the time in a women’s life when she stops menstruating and can no longer become pregnant. This change is brought on by a decrease in production of the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone by the ovaries. Symptoms of menopause include a lack of energy, muscle loss, hot flashes, irritability, vaginal dryness, anxiety, depression and mood swings.
Andropause and Low Testosterone: Andropause is the name given to lowered male androgen levels (e.g., testosterone,) or decreased androgen production in aging men. The symptoms of andropause, sometimes referred to as hypogonadism (i.e., low levels of testosterone), are thought to be similar to the symptoms experienced by women during menopause, but to a much lesser extent. Hot flashes, night sweats, depressive mood, aches and pains along with increased irritability and decreased energy are symptoms experienced by men during andropause. Loss of strength, and low sex drive are also signs of andropause or low testosterone.
Adrenal Fatigue: Adrenal fatigue is a term used when fatigue and other symptoms are caused by poorly working adrenal glands. When the body is stressed, cortisol and adrenaline are secreted by the adrenal glands to help the body deal with stress. When the body is constantly stressed, the adrenal glands get overworked and can’t keep up with the demand for these hormones. The result is what we call adrenal fatigue. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include trouble sleeping, feeling tired, loss of strength and muscle mass, anxiety, depression, aching joints and erectile dysfunction.
Thyroid Disorders: The thyroid is a gland located below the Adam’s apple and above the neck. The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, which releases hormones responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism, heart rate and mood. The most common thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism or low thyroid production. Symptoms of thyroid disorders include nervousness, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, dry or thinning hair, depression, slow heart rate, difficulty breathing, coughing or wheezing, tightness in the neck, dry skin and cold intolerance.