Hormone Replacement Therapy
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones are powerful substances in our bodies which regulate numerous functions.
Hormones affect energy, emotions, mood, sex drive, sleep, thinking ability, confidence, weight, and numerous other body functions.
In today’s society, people are living in a state of insufficient hormones. This has resulted from stress, toxicity, and natural aging. This depletion of hormones has lead to many chronically ill people which are taking a dozen or more prescription medications just to exist and feel “okay”.
BHRT stands for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
The goal of BHRT is to replace the most important hormones in our bodies with similar natural hormones (not hormones from animals) to levels that would be expected in a healthy young adult before most people develop chronic illnesses. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy often leads to overall improved body function, a new sense of well being, and a disappearance of the symptoms which took over everyday life.
Why should you use bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
As women and men age their hormones decline. This decline creates hormonal imbalances which cause negative side effects. For women, they may suffer from hot flashes, weight gain, night sweats, fatigue, loss of libido and much more.
Although a man’s losses of hormones are less obvious, he is still losing them. Testosterone loss will show itself through symptoms such as low energy, loss of muscle mass, loss of libido, a slower metabolism resulting in weight gain and decreased strength in erections.
Here are symptoms of the hormone imbalance:
- Joint Pain
- Hair Loss
- Weight Gain
- Trouble Sleeping
- Loss of sex drive
- Memory Loss
- Hot Flashes
- Sagging Skin
- Vaginal dryness
Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
A gradual process that happens when a woman’s ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone and her lifetime supply of eggs is depleted. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she hasn’t menstruated for 12 months. Natural menopause typically occurs between ages 41-59. Symptoms of Menopause Include: Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling, irritability, mood swings, sudden tears, trouble sleeping through the night, loss of libido, crashing fatigue, anxiety, depression and more.
The period of transition to natural menopause during which the body undergoes endocrinologic and biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production; Symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings. Perimenopause can last over six years (four years is average) and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea.
Andropause is the period of a man’s life, occurring usually between the ages of 45 and 55, marked by a drop in testosterone hormone levels secreted by the testicles. The body changes occur and may be accompanied by symptoms such as changes in attitudes and moods, weight gain, fatigue, a loss of energy, loss of sex drive, lowered physical agility and more. It is a phenomenon similar to the female menopause.
An imbalance of your thyroid hormone can affect every metabolic function in your body. Your thyroid gland is your body’s regulator. Thyroid hormone modulates carbohydrates, protein, fat metabolism, vitamin uses, digestion, muscle and nerve action, blood flow, hormone excretion, oxygen utilization, sexual function.
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-induced condition characterized by a set of common symptoms that indicate decreased function of the adrenal glands. Also known as hypoadrenia, adrenal exhaustion, adrenal insufficiency, adrenal gland fatigue, adrenal chronic fatigue, and non-addisons hypoadrenia. Adrenal Fatigue affects every organ and system in your body. A below average functioning of the adrenal glands result in a number of symptoms. Those symptoms often include chronic infections, fatigue, Sleep disturbance, insomnia, menopause type symptoms, IBS, anxiety and more.
What is the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormones?
The difference between bioidentical hormones and synthetic hormones is dual fold. Unlike bioidentical hormones, synthetic hormones may be patented by pharmaceutical companies; therefore dosage varies only by milligrams dictated by your doctor, while the molecular structure of the prescribed hormone is the same for every single person on that drug. Additionally, synthetic hormones are not created structurally the same as human endogenous hormones, which often leads uncomfortable side effects. While synthetic hormones can mimic the effects of endogenous hormones on certain biological pathways, they rarely offer the same effectiveness at a deeper, molecular level.
Bioidentical hormones mimic the affinity of human endogenous hormones; therefore they are effective on more biological pathways, at all levels. Because bioidentical hormones are an exact structural replica of endogenous hormones side effects are rarely observed, and in the event you do experience side effects, talk with your doctor – the dosage may simply need to be adjusted. The added benefit of bioidentical hormones is that each dose is tailored specifically for your needs, not simply what doses the pharmaceutical company offers (as is the case with synthetic hormones.)
What are the side effects of BHRT?
The main potential side effect is taking excess hormones than what is appropriate for your body. This is avoided by analyzing your hormone levels consistently over time, listening to your symptoms, and finding the minimum hormone dose necessary to get you feeling better. Your doctor is knowledgeable of the side effects of excess hormone levels and will adjust your dose if you feel imbalanced as a result of hormone supplementation. Further, your doctor will give you supplements to enhance your body’s clearance of hormone waste products. Our bodies are ever-changing and when following a holistic treatment plan, patients sometimes dramatically decrease their reliance on hormone supplementation because symptoms disappear.
Do I need a prescription for bioidentical hormone therapy?
Yes. Bioidentical hormones are compounded prescription drugs that are produced in a specialized pharmacy. Each prescription is hand made from the highest quality ingredients and made by pharmacists that specialize in formulating drugs. Since every patient is unique, the strength or the dosage form needs to be specially made to fit the individual.
How can I start the therapy?
As Aspire Laser & Medspa BHRT program has two steps:
Step 1 – Initial Consult with Doctor, Lab Test & Start Hormone Therapy
Step 2 – Regular Yearly Maintenance of Hormone level
The next step to finding solutions and correcting hormonal imbalance is to contact Aspire Laser & Medspa at (408) 669-4070 FREE to schedule an appointment today for a full work-up with Dr. Patel to determine if bioidentical hormones are right for you! Let us help you on the road to recovery!