What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Through routine monitoring and hormone level adjustment and proper diet and exercise our goal is to make you feel your very best so that you get your life back to the way it used to be. Providing access to the proper hormones can help the body prevent or reverse many age related issues. By using bioidentical forms of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms may be effectively addressed.
Estrogen refers to a group of similar hormones produced in the body. Like Testosterone, Estrogen is a required hormone for the health of BOTH men and women. The main three are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estrogens are believed to be protective against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and memory disorders. In women it also protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and prevents symptoms of menopause, including poor temperature regulation (i.e. “hot Flashes”). Estrogen deficiency is linked to: increased skin wrinkles of the face, fatigue, depression, mood swings and decreased libido.
The vast majority of women we treat need only testosterone supplementation as their body, like men’s, makes all the intracellular estrogen it needs from testosterone, thus avoiding the serious problems that can occur with high circulating estrogen levels in the blood. If estrogen supplementation is required, it can be done via capsule or cream. Non bio-identical synthetic estrogens bind nearly 20 times stronger to your cell’s receptors than natural hormones and have been proven to be harmful. Because of this, we only use bioidentical hormones.
Progesterone is primarily produced in the ovary just prior to and after ovulation. It is also produced in large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy and in small quantities by the adrenal glands. If you are on bio-identical estrogen, you should be on this hormone as well. It protects against uterine and breast cancers, fibrocystic disease and ovarian cysts. Progesterone counteracts the fluid retention, as well as other symptoms, seen in estrogen dominant women. Additionally, it potentiates estrogen’s cardiovascular and bone benefits.
Unfortunately, most women in the USA are prescribed a synthetic progestin (Provera), which can cause side effects such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, and heart disease. Because of this, we only use bioidentical Progesterone, compounded in a strength specifically for you. The delivery system is by capsule, troche, triturate, or rapidly dissolving tablet.
Testosterone is vital to the health and well-being of BOTH men and women. In women, testosterone is produced in both the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Testosterone contributes to muscle mass, strength and endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of the sense of well-being and psychological health. Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease and reduces blood sugar. It leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density, decrease in cholesterol, improved skin tone, improved healing capacity, and increased libido and sexual performance. It enhances the quality of life for women by decreasing the health issues caused by deficiencies. Because many providers only treat patients based on lab results, many don’t receive the treatment they need for optimal health.