Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormones have benefits for both men and women. While menopause is more widely recognized and understood as the phenomenon of female hormone decline, men also have a similar instance of hormone decline. Andropause is the term used to describe male hormone decline, and it is the male version of menopause.
Women must produce healthy amounts of the two essential hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and while women experience several hormonal changes during their lifespan, including puberty and pregnancy, menopause is the body’s ultimate physical and emotional response to the decrease in the hormone production. This decline in estrogen and progesterone causes women to experience many symptoms, which can include weight gain, changes in mood, hot flashes, insomnia, hair loss, and osteoporosis. Women experiencing these symptoms can feel confident that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help to regulate the body both mentally and physically, giving women a more balanced state of mind and body.
Men will also experience the effects of testosterone decline, even though the signs and symptoms are much less apparent. Testosterone is very important for bone production, muscle growth, red blood cell production, sexual function, and overall wellbeing. Men that are experiencing a decrease in testosterone may experience symptoms such as muscle atrophy, weight gain, insomnia, night sweats, hair loss, osteoporosis, and increased anxiety. BHRT helps men to stay fit, and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a natural way to control the physical and emotional reactions associated with fluctuating hormone levels.
If the natural progression of hormone reduction is allowed to run its course, men and women can experience the greater majority of these symptoms for several years. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help Buffalo men and women to restore a natural balance to the body in order to experience a longer, healthier life.
BHRT may successfully treat the following conditions or symptoms:
Andropause is the period of a man’s life that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and it is marked by a decrease in testicles’ secretion of testosterone. Testosterone decline causes the body to change, and it may be accompanied by symptoms such as mood swings, weight gain, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, low libido, and decreased physical agility.
Perimenopause is the period of transition during which the body undergoes biological changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production. Perimenopause can last from 4-6 years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea. Symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular menstrual periods, painful periods, increased PMS, acne, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings.
Menopause is a gradual process that happens when a woman’s ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted, which typically occurs between ages 41-59. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she hasn’t menstruated for 12 months, and symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, flushes, night sweats, cold flashes, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, low libido, trouble sleeping through the night, anxiety, and depression.
Weight Loss Resistance
Resistance to weight loss is usually caused by progesterone and estrogen. The body’s overall composition is greatly dependent on having balanced hormones. Balancing hormones, maintaining a healthy digestive tract, eating a balanced diet, and having an awareness of food allergies can help with weight loss.
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-induced condition characterized by a set of common symptoms that indicate decreased function of the adrenal glands. Adrenal Fatigue affects every organ and system in the body, and can cause symptoms such as chronic fatigue, slow healing infections, sleep disturbances, insomnia, anxiety, and an inability to deal with stress.
An over active thyroid occurs when the thyroid hormone is produced in excessive amounts. Because the thyroid is the body’s regulator, an imbalance of thyroid hormone can affect every metabolic function in the body. Thyroid hormone modulates carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins. Symptoms of hyperthyroid may include extreme moodiness, constantly feeling hot, fatigue, hair loss, shortness of breath, excessive bowel movements, and chest pain.
Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid gland does not produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone. Symptoms of hypothyroid can include unexplained weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin and hair, hair loss, heavy periods, and depression.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder associated with abnormal levels of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that transmit nerve signals, and it is characterized by symptoms in several body systems. Symptoms include muscle aches, sleep disorders, fatigue, wide spread body pain, skin temperature changes, irritable bowel syndrome, brain fog, decreased immunity, and repeated illnesses.