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Why Replace Hormones?

Did you know that, after age 25, both men and women lose approximately 2 – 3% of many hormones each year? By age 50, we have only half the hormone production we enjoyed when we were younger, stronger and more energetic!

These are hormones that are critical for maintaining vitality, health, and mental sharpness! In fact, it’s estimated that, by menopause, many women have lost up to 90% of some hormones! Men, too, experience dramatic losses.

Hormones play a role in countless functions in the human body. When most people think of hormone replacement therapy, they think it is reserved solely for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes. Now, the practice of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has expanded to include men and women and the use of testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, melatonin, and cortisol in addition to Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol, and progesterone.

Anti-Aging Lifetime Benefits

The anti-aging benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy make it a treatment you’ll want to follow for the rest of your life. A recent article in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences asks the question: “Is human aging caused mainly by multiple hormone deficiencies?”

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Cardiovascular Disease
  3. Osteoporosis

Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:

  • Slows aging
  • Uplifts mood
  • Slows bone loss
  • Protects the heart
  • Increases metabolism
  • Lowers LDL/raises HDL
  • Enables brain function
  • Reduces vaginal dryness
  • Improves brain function
  • Reduces water retention
  • Adds moisture to the skin
  • Regulates the menstrual cycle
  • Reduces carbohydrate cravings
  • Reduces irritability and anxiety
  • Helps restore normal sleep patterns
  • Decreases menstrual bleeding and spotting
  • Helps reduce hormonal headaches/migraines
  • Protects against cancer, especially breast cancer

Symptoms of Hormone Loss or Imbalance

Many experts agree that hormone loss/imbalance may contribute to these and other symptoms:

  • PMS
  • Acne
  • Apathy
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Dry Skin
  • Irritability
  • Hair Loss
  • Brain Fog
  • Bone Loss
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Hot Flashes
  • Weight Gain
  • Night Sweats
  • Memory Loss
  • Low Sex Drive
  • Heavy Menses
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Burned Out Feeling
  • Fibrocystic Breasts
  • Decreased Stamina
  • Decreased Flexibility
  • Decreased Urine Flow

Why “Bioidentical” Hormone Replacement?

“Bioidentical” Hormone Replacement Therapy replaces the hormones you’ve lost with hormones that are molecularly identical – having the exact same chemical structure – as the hormones made in the human body. Synthetic hormones are not natural to the human body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an all-natural alternative to synthetic hormone replacement. Synthetic hormones are patented, animal-derived (from substances such as horse urine) or artificial hormones. Most of the side effects associated with hormone replacement therapy seem to result from the fact that these synthetic hormones are not chemically identical to a woman’s natural-produced hormones. Your body can tell the difference.

“Hormone MakeOver”

Replenishing and balancing hormones reinfuses health and youthfulness into the aging process and is even sometimes referred to as a “Hormone MakeOver.” Your “Hormone MakeOver” is a process involving you, your physician, and the Compounding Pharmacist at Custom Dosing Pharmacy. You will begin with a personal one-on-one consultation with one of our trained pharmacists, who specialize in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. We’ll work closely with your physician to start your treatment immediately. Your custom-made prescription of BioIdentical hormone is prepared and dispensed by your physician’s order.

Comparison of Natural Progesterone and Synthetic Progestins

 

Estrogen Therapy 

Women undergo significant hormonal changes over the course of their lives, and one of the major changes is menopause. During this transition, the ovaries stop producing high levels of estrogen. Estrogen is the main female hormone that is responsible for many major processes in the body, including bone health, brain health, cardiovascular functions and more. This hormone maintains female characteristics and contributes to overall wellbeing, including reproductive health. While estrogen also plays a role in male reproductive health, estrogen-related hormonal issues are more common in females. 

The female body undergoes hormonal fluctuation throughout life, but these effects are most pronounced during the years leading up to menopause. It’s common for women to develop uncomfortable symptoms due to decreasing estrogen levels:

  • Mood changes
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue 
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness 

Fluctuations can create various health issues that can impact your well-being. When estrogen is depleted, women may experience increased severity of menopausal symptoms, night sweats, breast lumps, sleeping problems, low sex drive and more. 

Estrogen therapy works by replacing the lost hormones to help you manage the symptoms and resolve issues related to acne, ovarian issues and more. As a result, you’ll have increased energy and feel younger, thanks to the benefits that estrogen provides. 

The benefits of bioidentical estrogen therapy include: 

  • Protects your brain from inflammation and memory loss
  • Lowers the risk for osteoporosis by increasing bone density 
  • Improves muscle mass
  • Boosts mood by regulating serotonin levels 
  • Treats vaginal dryness and sexual dysfunction
  • Effective treatment that produces virtually no side effects

 

Testosterone Therapy

Everyone experiences hormone fluctuations over the course of their lives, including men. When the endocrine system isn’t working optimally, men may develop hormone imbalances due to shifting testosterone levels. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it has significant impacts on the body. As a major factor in men’s health, testosterone influences bodily functions related to muscle mass growth, sex drive, energy and weight control. Testosterone levels naturally decrease with age, and in some men, reduced hormone production can generate a range of troublesome side effects. 

Low testosterone levels often present subtle symptoms, which may include low libido, fatigue, reduction in muscle mass, loss of body and facial hair, and depression. These symptoms can impact your confidence and sense of well-being, leaving you searching for solutions.

If the symptoms of low testosterone have begun to emerge, or if you’ve been struggling with them for a while, bioidentical testosterone therapy can provide the relief you need. Hormone replacement can restore hormone levels to their natural levels, which increases your vitality without unnecessary side effects. As you continue the treatment, you’ll enjoy increased wellness: 

  • Increased energy levels
  • Reduced anxiety and irritability
  • More lean muscle mass and less body fat
  • Better sex drive
  • Improved sleep quality

With so many benefits to enjoy, it’s clear why men seek bioidentical testosterone therapy. It’s a safe, effective way for men to improve their overall health, allowing you to live each day to the fullest. 

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