Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Hormones are used by the body to regulate critical activities, including digestion, growth, energy supply, and reproduction. They also help to regulate appetite, mood, and libido. Unfortunately, when a hormonal imbalance, deficiency, or dominance occurs, it can lead to a chain reaction of health problems. Restoring optimal hormonal balance within can improve the body’s overall function and restore health.
Bioidentical hormones are designed to identically match the hormones in the human body. Instead of using synthetic or hormones made from chemicals which do not exist naturally in humans, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses natural plant-based ingredients to make replacement hormones that are an exact chemical match to the hormones already found in your body. For over 80 years, bioidentical hormones have been used to successfully treat a wide range of medical conditions.
A few of the conditions that may be treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
Menopause marks the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual, and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, vaginal dryness, anxiety and the atrophy of vaginal and uterine tissues. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to bring the body back to optimal hormonal balance, helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
As men age, their body’s naturally start to experience a decline in testosterone levels. As testosterone declines, men often notice a reduction in libido, reduced muscle tone, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, men often feel like they have lost their virility, which often results in self-consciousness and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has proven helpful for men dealing with hormone related conditions.
Insulin is a hormone that works to balance blood sugar in the body, attaching to cells and helping cells use sugar in the blood for important metabolic processes. Individuals with pre-diabetes or diabetes often suffer from insulin resistance or a lack of insulin secretion. For many diabetics Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with insulin to manage and treat this condition.
Premenstrual Syndrome, Hormonal Headaches, and Mood Swings
Throughout the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, and as hormone levels fluctuate, some women deal with hormonal headaches, mood swings, and other symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been shown to reduce the effects of hormonal fluctuations as part of the menstrual cycle, alleviating symptoms and balancing the hormone levels.
The adrenal glands secrete hormones that are specifically related to the stress response within the body. If the adrenal glands are not able to properly balance and maintain hormones, individuals may experience symptoms such as low blood pressure, nausea, muscle pain, dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to alleviate some of the hormonal symptoms that occur due to adrenal disorders.
The thyroid is responsible for releasing hormones that control the efficiency and speed of the body’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism, which is often referred to as an under-active thyroid, often causes low blood pressure, cold sensitivity, weight gain, and lethargy. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies are used to effectively treat thyroid problems, particularly hypothyroidism.
Weight Loss Resistance
For many patients who are having difficulty losing weight, estrogen or progesterone imbalances are often the culprit. Balanced hormones are essential for weight loss, and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to achieve optimal hormone levels has been shown to aid in the process of obtaining a healthy weight.
Sexual dysfunction can occur in both men and women, and issues with sexual function or performance often stem from inconsistencies in hormone production that come with aging. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce problems with sexual dysfunction, and effectively treatment symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, and low libido.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may also prove helpful for patients suffering from fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain. For patients experiencing chronic pain, the pain often results in depression, and depression has the ability to increase the amount of pain experienced. Achieving optimal hormone levels can help to stop this cycle, reducing fatigue, pain, and depression in patients.
If you’re experiencing one of these medical problems, talk to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy expert Jennifer Landa, M.D. to learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help treat your specific condition.