Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Why are hormones so important?
Our bodies are complex machines. In order for our bodies to fully function properly, we require hormones. Hormones are chemical carriers of signals or messages for various parts of our bodies – simple signals such as when it’s time to eat or sleep; or more complex messages such as regulating body temperature, mood awareness and emotions. Essentially, hormones are what control how our bodies react to stress, both good and bad.
As our bodies age, the hormones being produced begin to decline. This is what causes many age-related diseases, as our bodies send and receive fewer signals from fewer hormones. Aging is not the only reason for a decrease in hormone levels. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, have poor eating habits, smoke, drink, or experience a lot of stress without properly addressing it, you may begin to lose the balance in your hormonal system. This production upset can affect metabolism, energy levels, moods and mental acuity, reproduction, digestion, respiration and may cause many other health issues.
Many people feel as though there are little or no options once they’ve reached this stage in their life, and they accept it as it is. With Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, you don’t have to accept it – you have an option, and there is treatment available to make you look and feel like your best self again.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?
Decreased sexual drive, weight gain, low energy levels, depression and mood changes, poor concentration and memory, chronic pain and/or fatigue can all be attributed to an imbalance in hormone levels. Many people attribute these things to general aging, and while that may be generally true, that doesn’t mean that these symptoms cannot be treated and often reversed entirely. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be an excellent candidate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
The above is not a complete list. There are numerous factors and symptoms that may be a signal you have a hormone deficiency. It is important to understand that a negative change in your hormonal balance will affect individuals differently, and can differ based on several factors, such as age, gender, environmental factors, and pre-existing health conditions.
Derived natural, bioidentical hormone therapy allows you to get back to healthy levels of these important balancing chemical messengers. Bioidentical hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone acquired from natural plant based sources are considered biologically identical in molecular structure and functionality to what our bodies’ naturally produce. Experts in the field of anti-aging understand this difference and often report their patients experience life changing results. Derived natural, bioidentical hormone therapy has been around in the United States since the late 1930’s and has been widely used in Europe and Australia for over 100 years.
Based on your individual needs, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is tailored to your body’s needs to help improve your overall health and well-being, and reduce symptoms from your time with hormonal deficiency.
The risks and potential for side effects (both positive and negative) may vary depending on person’s health history. Discussing the pros and cons with a trusted provider is always important before starting any new therapy.
How can it help me?
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy can benefit both men and women. While men’s and women’s hormones decline for different reasons, and they often have different symptoms, treatment is effective for both.
Naturally, male hormones begin to decline around middle age – the late forties or fifties. Sometimes, this causes symptoms often recognized or called andropause. Similar to women experiencing menopause, men can begin to suffer uncomfortable symptoms from lower hormone levels.
Common Symptoms for Men during Andropause
- Lack of motivation and low energy
- Erectile disfunction
- Mood swings, depression and irritability
- Low libido
- Metabolic syndrome
- Night Sweats
- Increased abdominal fat
- Muscle atrophy
Common favorable outcomes experienced by men after Bioidentical Hormone Therapy include:
- Higher levels of energy, motivation and concentration
- Enhanced sex drive and decreased erectile disfunction
- Better sleep
- Increased happiness and reduced depression
- Healthier metabolic numbers
Most women will notice a hormonal imbalance during perimenopause and menopause, although imbalances can also happen during the reproductive years. A hormonal imbalance during the reproductive years may cause irregular periods, intensified PMS symptoms, or even Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS.
Common Symptoms for Women during Perimenopause and Menopause
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Mood changes and irritability
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Skin issues including Acne
- Sleep disturbances
For female patients, some positive outcomes after receiving Bioidentical Hormone Therapy include:
- Successful weight management and weight loss
- Improved mood and reduced irritability
- Heightened sexual interest and desire
- More optimistic mental and emotional attitude
- Noticeably healthier hair, skin and nails
What is the process?
An appointment at begins with a complimentary consultation to learn more and to discuss available options. Medstudio offers testing for hormones, micronutrients, food intolerances and sensitivities, gut health and much more. Medstudio is staffed with highly qualified advanced practice registered nurses (APRN’s) who will also discuss any lifestyle conditions that may be having an impact on your hormone levels. This may include other health conditions, lifestyle habits, stress levels, as well as your personal goals for this treatment. Medstudio creates a personalized treatment plan tailored just for you and your needs.
The methods of Bioidentical Hormone Therapy administration vary, and while certain methods may be recommended by your provider, ultimately the choice is up to you to decide what method they are most comfortable with – creams, gels, patches, injections, pills, pellets, suppositories.