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Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

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What are bioidentical Hormones?

The term “bio-identical” means that the hormone is an exact match to the hormone that your body makes. At least in theory your body shouldn’t be able to tell whether the hormone came from your body or from the pharmacy.

Bio-identical hormones start with an ingredient from soy or yam.  It is converted to estrogen, progesterone or testosterone in the lab, and the finished product is the exact same thing as the estrogen, progesterone or testosterone made in your ovaries. 

You can’t get the same effect by eating soy or rubbing yam cream on your skin…..

This is very different to the synthetic hormones that we have often used in women’s health.  They are man-made chemicals that are made to mimic hormones, but they aren’t the exact same thing.  Therefore the risks and benefits are not the exact same, and there are no lab tests to measure the level of these hormones in your body.

 

Here's How we do it

We start by measuring your hormone levels.  We only want to replace hormones that you are deficient in, so we can bring you back into balance. 

We use bio-identical hormones, which are an exact match to the hormones your body used to make.  These are available in FDA-approved forms from a regular pharmacy, or in customized preparations from a compounding pharmacy.  

We monitor  to make sure your symptoms are better and you are not having side effects.

Then we re-measure your hormone levels to make sure we have it right. 

What is Menopause

Are you wondering if you are a candidate for hormone replacement because you feel totally sluggish and have gained weight (despite the fact you haven’t changed your diet or exercise routine?)

Still feeling “off” even though your doctor has you on hormone replacement?

Or maybe you are just “on the fence” and don’t know what to think because you are concerned about possible side effects of hormone replacement?

For women who don’t feel good because of menopausal hormone deficiencies, we often find that hormone replacement therapy can make a big difference.  

It is important to know that there are different approaches to hormone replacement. 

What is Perimenopause

As a woman approaches menopause, her hormone production may fluctuate wildly, causing all sorts of symptoms. Some women experience symptoms early – in some cases 10-15 years before menopause – so it can sometimes be hard to recognize that a hormone problem is the culprit!

Common symptoms of perimenopause include:

  • night sweats

  • mood swings

  • anxiety

  • irritability

  • waking up in the night

  • worse PMS symptoms (like breast tenderness, fluid retention and bloating)

  • longer PMS (lasting 1-2 weeks instead of just 1-2 days)

  • heavier periods

  • irregular periods or more frequent periods

  • premenstrual spotting

  • weight gain

How we are different?

At our office, we believe that addressing hormone imbalances in men and women requires a thorough and individualized approach that goes beyond simply prescribing hormone replacement based on lab results. We consider multiple factors to ensure the best results and overall well-being for our patients.

When considering hormone replacement therapy for women, we not only assess hormone levels but also evaluate other hormones that play a crucial role in overall hormonal balance, including:

Estrogen

Progesterone

Testosterone

Thyroid hormones (T3 and T4)

Cortisol

DHEA

Insulin

In addition to these hormone assessments, we may conduct a more comprehensive lab evaluation to consider factors such as:

Advanced cardiovascular risk factors

Vitamin and mineral levels

Inflammation markers

Bone health indicators

Metabolic function

Ovarian reserve (if applicable)

To provide a holistic approach to women's health, we also address lifestyle habits and wellness strategies, including:

  1. Nutrition: We work with our patients to optimize their diets to support hormonal balance and overall health.

  2. Exercise: We develop personalized exercise plans to enhance well-being and manage weight, which can affect hormone balance.

  3. Stress Management: Stress can impact hormone levels, so we provide stress-reduction techniques and coping strategies.

  4. Emotional Well-being: We consider the emotional aspects of hormonal health, addressing mood and psychological factors.

  5. Bone Health: If relevant, we assess and support bone health, especially for women experiencing menopause.

We believe that by taking a comprehensive and individualized approach, we can provide the best results and improved quality of life for women seeking hormone replacement therapy. Our goal is to address not only hormonal imbalances but also the broader aspects of health that contribute to overall well-being.

Please note that specific evaluations and recommendations should be made by qualified healthcare professionals, and the above example is a general description of an approach that considers a holistic perspective for women's hormone replacement therapy.

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