Conditions Treated with BHRT
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can and is used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions caused by hormonal imbalances including the following:
Perimenopause and Menopause
The physical signs of menopause are irregular periods, night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, breast tenderness, headaches, bladder changes, heart palpitations, vaginal dryness, incontinence, hair loss, dry skin, abdominal bloating, and water retention. These are all very typical physical signs of menopause and the average menopausal age is 51. In some women who are still menstruating, symptoms of menopause can occur. This can happen up to ten years before menopause (usually after age 35) and this is called “perimenopause”.
The very common psychological signs of perimenopause/menopause are mood swings, crankiness, anxiety, depression, fatigue, loss of libido, insomnia, and memory loss. When women recognize the signs of menopause early, with the right treatment using bioidentical hormones, women can have relief of symptoms and not suffer unnecessarily. Using bioidentical hormones allows us to replace what nature has lost without the risks of synthetic hormones. Let me balance your hormones so that I can help you “Feel Sexier, Look Younger, Get Leaner and Live Stronger!”
The most common bioidentical hormones to replace in women are progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. We restore your natural hormonal balance giving you the feeling of youth and vitality. Is the treatment difficult or painful? Not at all. Treatments are usually given in creams, injections or pellets and a personalized treatment is prescribed for each patient and the patient is monitored with lab testing.
Andropause, or low testosterone level in men, is male menopause and usually occurs after 40 years of age in men. Some men will suffer symptoms in their 30’s and those symptoms are mood changes, fatigue, insomnia, memory lapses, depression, loss of motivation, decreased muscle mass, lower sex drive and weight gain. Bioidentical testosterone replacement includes daily creams or weekly injection or quarterly pellet.
A personalized treatment plan is customized for each patient with evaluation of lab testing to make sure the proper amount of hormone is used.
Many patients on thyroid treatment may still not feel well despite their “normal” thyroid labs. In my clinic, I treat patients with bioidentical thyroid and may check other thyroid labs that are not routinely ordered. My goal is to optimize your thyroid function. Maintaining optimal thyroid function is important because thyroid affects every cell in the body and is important in the regulation of other hormones. Low thyroid function can affect digestion, liver function, weight loss, energy, cholesterol levels, mood including depression and anxiety, body temperature, blood count causing anemia, heart function, infertility including sperm count in men and lower sexual drive.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder causing aching muscles, sleep disorders, and fatigue, associated with abnormal levels of the brain chemicals that transmit nerve signals (neurotransmitters). Symptoms include: Wide spread body pain, skin temperature changes, irritable bowel, brain fog, immune system or repeated illness and more. Many patients with fibromyalgia have had their symptoms improved or reversed with proper bioidentical hormone replacement.
Adrenal Fatigue is not a commonly recognizable condition and is overlooked as a diagnosis by many doctors. The adrenals produce hormones to deal with stress from emotional, physical, environmental and/or infectious conditions. When the stress is greater than the ability of the adrenal glands to handle the stress than the adrenal glands become burned out or “fatigued”. Lifestyle choices like poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and decreased physical activity can worsen symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue symptoms include: sugar or salt cravings, fatigue despite adequate sleep, decreased energy especially in the afternoon, difficulty waking up in the morning, decreased libido, increased irritability and mood changes, frequent infections, mild depression, and decreased focus and concentration. Please schedule appointment for lab evaluation and if needed treatment with natural supplements. You don’t need to suffer!