Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy works with all of the body’s major hormones to balance the body and help dissipate symptoms related to hormone imbalance. Hormones can become imbalanced for a variety of reasons, and factors such as stress, aging, overwork, poor nutrition, and a lack of exercise can cause the endocrine system to not produce adequate amounts of hormones.
- Perimenopause is the phase that usually marks the beginning of female hormone decline during the time before menopause. Perimenopause can last from 4-6 years, and it begins when the ovaries begin to produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone, and it can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Due to this decline, premenstrual symptoms can become more intense, and women can experience intense cramping, headaches, bloating, water retention, depression, and fatigue. During this time, many women notice lower libido, irregular periods, heavier or lighter periods, long or short menstrual cycles, painful periods, acne, headaches, insomnia, and elevated PMS symptoms.
- Menopause typically occurs between the ages of 40 and 60, and it sets in after 12 consecutive months of no menstrual period. During this time, a woman’s ovaries stop making adequate amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and reproduction permanently ceases. This transition into menopause can cause a variety of symptoms, which includes hot flashes, night sweats, a low-grade fever, increased anxiety, mood fluctuations, low libido, vaginal dryness, and fatigue.
- Countless men are needlessly suffering from the effects of male testosterone decline, which is known as the syndrome called Andropause. Male testosterone decline can begin as early as a man’s 30’s, and it declines around 10% each following decade. The Leydig cells in the testicles are responsible for secreting testosterone, and when these cells begin to wear out, production of testosterone can decline. Lowered amounts of testosterone can cause a man to experience muscle atrophy, decreased athletic performance, increased abdominal fat, low libido, erectile dysfunction, baldness, loss of groin or armpit hair, and mood changes.
- Menstrual Disorders
- Estrogen and progesterone imbalances can cause a number of menstrual disorders. Dysmenorrhea, or painful periods and amenorrhea, or lack of a menstrual period can occur when the hormones surrounding ovulation are out of synch. Intense PMS can also result from hormone decline and can cause women to experience more bloating, water retention, migraines, fatigue, and mood swings. Periods may also become more irregular, and menstrual cycles can become longer or shorter and lighter or heavier.
- Metabolic Syndrome
- This syndrome can often occur with hormone decline, and it involves an increase in blood pressure, triglyceride levels, bad cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Increased blood pressure and fat or cholesterol content in the blood can increase the risk for heart attacks, clogged arteries, heart disease, and strokes. Insulin is needed to balance blood sugar, and if the body becomes insulin resistant, a person can become unable to balance blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- PCOS usually occurs during a woman’s teens or early twenties, and it occurs when a woman has an excessive amount of androgens, which are male hormones, circulating throughout the bodily system. This high amount of male hormones can cause a woman to form several fluid filled sacs surrounding the ovaries, and this can inhibit ovulation and fertility. Other symptoms that can occur in women with PCOS are unwanted body hair growth, ovarian cysts, weight gain, acne, infertility, and irregular periods.
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Stress commonly brings on the condition known as adrenal fatigue. When a person is stressed, the body releases cortisol in order to counteract the effects of stress, and this constant demand for cortisol, can cause the adrenal glands to convert sex hormones into cortisol. This can cause sex hormones to become imbalanced and wear out the adrenal glands. As a result, symptoms such as hormone imbalances, prolonged infections, fatigue, body aches, headaches, nervousness, lowered immunity, and insomnia can occur.
- Chronic Fatigue
- Long lasting adrenal exhaust can cause the body to lack energy, which can bring on chronic fatigue syndrome. When a person with chronic fatigue does a minor amount of physical or mental activity, he or she may feel the need to take a long nap, and after exercising, it can take a person with chronic fatigue over an entire day to recover his or her energy. While ongoing fatigue is the key symptom of chronic fatigue, a person may also experience a sore throat, loss of memory, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, body aches, and diminished motivation.
- Thyroid Disorders
- When the thyroid hormone is produced in excess or deficiency, many diseases and disorders can develop. The thyroid gland affects a number of metabolic functions and it regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins. It also plays a role in sexual function, muscle and nerve action, digestion, and energy. Hypothyroidism may occur when the thyroid hormone is deficient, and symptoms such as scalp hair loss, weight gain, heavy periods, dry skin, muscle atrophy, fatigue, joint inflammation, and depression may occur. Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism, and it occurs when thyroid hormone is excessive. People with hyperthyroidism can experience heart palpitations, lack of energy, weight loss, unexplained itching, increased bowel movements, hair loss, and fatigue.
- Insulin Resistance
- Insulin resistance occurs when your body either does not produce enough insulin or is not using insulin effectively. This causes glucose levels in your blood to elevate, leading to diabetic symptoms and complications. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may help treat the underlying cause of some forms of insulin resistance.
- Osteoporosis occurs when bone density decreases, often due to estrogen deficiency. Osteoporosis often occur in women after menopause. Bio identical hormone replacement therapy can help restore the proper amounts of estrogen needed to protect you from osteoporosis.
- Parkinson's Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder affecting the nerve cells in the brain. Research has shown bioidentical hormone therapy, especially two forms of bioidentical estrogen, estradiol and estriol, may slow the progression and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
- Fibromyalgia is associated with abnormal amounts of neurotransmitters, and people experiencing this syndrome may feel pain in areas on their backs, chest, arms or legs, and areas that have thick musculature. Light to no pressure in these areas can cause feelings of pain, and other symptoms can include fatigue, muscle and body pain, burning or cold skin, alternating constipation with diarrhea, mental cloudiness, lowered immune function, and insomnia.
- Weight Loss Resistance
- Progesterone and estrogen are normally the culprits that lead to weight loss difficulties, and when a patient begins to have difficulties losing weight despite diet and exercise efforts, hormone imbalances may be to blame. Other factors that cause weight gain may include thyroid issues, poor dietary habits, and a lack of exercise. Balanced hormones, healthy amounts of exercise, a balanced digestive tract, regular eating habits, and proper nutrition can all help to promote weight loss.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can treat these and many other hormone-related conditions. BHRT uses bioidentical hormones, which are hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones that your body naturally produces. They are derived from natural sources such as soy, yams and other plant matter.
If you believe you are suffering from one of the above or another hormone-related condition, a BHRT doctor can help. They will review your complete hormone profile, medical history and symptoms to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your troubles.
Don’t suffer with your hormone-related condition any longer than you have to. You may be able to significantly reduce or even eliminate your worst symptoms by supplying your body with a natural, identical version of the hormone it is no longer producing on its own.
The BHRT doctors on our directory have treated men and women who have gone through exactly what you are going through now, and they can help you.