Bioidentical hormones (BIH) have been around for years, most practitioners are unfamiliar with them. They function exactly like those the body produces. BIH are manufactured in the lab to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body. By contrast, synthetic hormones are intentionally different. Drug companies can't patent a bioidentical structure, so they invent synthetic hormones that are patentable (Premarin, Prempro, and Provera being the most widely used examples).
In our practice, we have had the greatest success with an individualized approach. We begin with laboratory tests of hormone levels (a so-called "hormone panel"). When warranted, we then prescribe a precise dosage of bioidentical estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, and/or DHEA that is prepared at a registered compounding pharmacy. Each patient is then monitored carefully through regular follow-up hormone panels to ensure she gets symptom relief at the lowest possible dosage. In the initial stages, we will do a hormone panel every three months. Once balance is restored, we'll do one panel a year at the time of the annual exam. Physicians also make sure that patients undergo yearly pap smears and mammograms, since elevated estrogen levels can lead to breast cancer.
We have found that about 85% can find relief through a natural approach that combines medical-grade nutritional supplements, gentle endocrine support, and dietary and lifestyle changes. In our experience, the great majority of women can rebalance their hormones without the use of drugs, and even without HRT in any form.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) - a better solution.
Re-establishes the hormonal balance
Fewer side effects versus synthetic derivatives
Protection against heart disease
Reduced risk of breast cancer
Improved cholesterol and lipid profile
Hormone related symptoms during the feminine life cycle:
There are typically three types of hormones prescribed for BHRT: progesterone, androgens and estrogen.
BHRT is made of natural progesterone, estrogens and androgens as single or multiple-ingredient prescriptions. Because these hormones cannot be patented, the larger drug companies have shown little to no interest in the development and marketing of bio-identical products.
Progesterone is one of several sex hormones made by the human body. As women enter menopause, their levels of progesterone and other sex hormones decrease. This often leads to unwanted symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, breast tenderness, low libido, depression, anxiety, food cravings, insomnia, cramps, emotional swings, weight gain and bloating.
Progesterone's role in hormone replacement therapy:
Aids in the function of thyroid hormone
Helps enhance energy and sex drive
Reduces the risk of heart attacks in postmenopausal women through cardiovascular protection
Protects against breast cancer and endometrial cancer
Testosterone, an androgen hormone, is an important hormone in women and men. It is important to the integrity of skin, muscle and bone. It can also protect against osteoporosis, obesity and diabetes- as well as loss of immune function. Testosterone's role in hormone replacement therapy:
Improves energy level and mental alertness
Increases lean muscle mass and loss of excessive fat
Enhances bone building (through increased calcium retention)
Provides cardiovascular protection (through lower cholesterol)
The term "estrogen" refers to a group of related hormones, each with a unique activity. The three main estrogens women produce are: Estrone (E-1), Estradiol (E-2), Estriol (E-3). Estrogen's role in hormone replacement therapy:
Relief of menopausal symptoms, by re-establishing normal balance
Reducing bone loss
Increasing HDL ("good" cholesterol) while decreasing LDL ("bad" cholesterol)
Aid in decreasing blood pressure and reducing plaque in the arteries
Improves mood, energy levels and sleep patterns, as well as improving memory and cognitive function
Reducing the severity of, or the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Common symptoms of hormone imbalance for males:
·Depression, Anxiety & Irritability
·Decreased Energy & Muscle Tone
·Inability to Lose Weight
·Lack of Mental Clarity
·Low Libido & Sexual Function
Hormone Replacement Therapy is an answer to all the tired and exhausted men. The therapy is to replenish and maintain optimal level of hormones which are essential to a healthy being. At Midwest Anti-Aging and Medspa, our aim is to help you achieve and maintain your desired goals. A successful program takes time, patience, compliance, good communication and a partnership between each patient and our staff. While it is your individual journey, we embark on it with you to ensure the ultimate results you expect. At Midwest Anti-Aging and Medspa, we look forward to helping you achieve renewed health, zest and vitality.
Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
Improved bone density
Increased muscle mass and strength
Decreased body fat
Better mood and quality of life
Improved sexual desire, function and performance