What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Many people resign themselves to living with the serious symptoms caused by hormone imbalance, accepting them as an unchangeable and an untreatable part of the aging process. However, maintaining optimum levels of hormones promotes an improved quality of life and prevents many of the degenerative illnesses commonly associated with aging.
In order for your body to function at its full potential, it needs to produce sufficient levels of hormones. As you age, production of these hormones declines, and a wide range of symptoms can be a result: hot flashes, weight gain, lack of sexual interest – just to name a few. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is used to bring these hormonal levels to balance.
The effective use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for the relief of symptoms caused by age-related hormone imbalances found in women and men, can optimize and balanced hormones are essential to good health and a feeling of well-being. By providing hormones that are an exact biochemical match of your own hormones, it is possible to restore your hormones back to the balance you had in your 20’s and 30’s.
Although Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an age old remedy, many doctors and their patients are just learning of this option. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is in the forefront of anti-aging treatment and for many doctors the newest method for helping cure much that ails the menopausal woman as well as the andropausal male. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is working its way into mainstream America.
What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are compounds that have exactly the same chemical and molecular structure as hormones that are produced in the human body. Numerous studies have been done attesting to the safety of natural hormones for men and women. The natural hormones are almost entirely without the side effects of the synthetic hormone replacement drugs.
Depending on your symptoms and test results, you may be prescribed the bioidentical hormones estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, cortisol or melatonin.
Why should you use bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy in woman and men who suffer from low to normal hormone imbalance levels known as Menopause, Perimenopause, Andropause, also known as Male Menopause, are substantial and often include:
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
- Improved prostate health
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved mood and outlook
- Increased focus and concentration
- More strength and energy
- Improved well being
- Greater libido
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better quality of sleep
- Improved muscle mass
Why should women & men replace their hormones?
As women and men age, their hormone levels decline. This decline creates hormonal imbalances which cause negative side effects. For women, they may suffer from hot flashes, weight gain, night sweats, fatigue, loss of libido and much more.
Menopause and Perimenopause in Women:
Menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted, meaning a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle. Women going through menopause often experience a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats and/or cold flashes
- Irritability, mood swings, sudden tears
- Loss of libido, vaginal dryness
- Heart palpitations
- Fatigue, anxiety, and more
- Urinary urgency
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Clammy skin
- Weight gain
Perimenopause is the word that describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.
Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include:
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
Menopause treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and on preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with ageing.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy using Estrogen therapy remains, by far, the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief for you.
Although a man’s loss of hormones is less obvious, he is still losing them. Testosterone loss will show itself through symptoms such as low energy, loss of muscle mass, a slower metabolism resulting in weight gain and decreased strength in erections.
Andropause and Male Menopause in Men:
As men age, their testosterone levels steadily decline once they hit 30 and then dramatically drop in their 40’s and 50’s. Growing older is hard enough for men without having to needlessly suffer from declines in testosterone hormone levels. The decline in hormones, for men, are not as sharp and sudden as a women’s decline during menopause. They may not feel drastic physical changes but rather small dips in their energy level, stamina, mental function, and sense of well being among other things.
When men think of diminished testosterone levels, they do not usually relate this to decreased enjoyment of life; however, men may notice a decline in their competitive drive or decreased enthusiasm for things previously enjoyed.
Andropause is the period in a man’s life that is marked by a drop in the levels of the male hormone, testosterone. Normally occuring between the ages of 45 and 55, andropause is slow, steady reduction in testosterone levels.
Andropause is often accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Fatigue and energy loss
- Loss of sex drive
- Occasional bouts of impotence
- Mood swings
- Loss in physical strength and agility
The treatment for Andropause (male menopause) is typically diagnosed by a physician who specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
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