Bioidentical Hormones – A more natural hormone replacement
Hormones affect everything we do and feel, they are medical
messengers that go around the body and police its activity.
The link below shows a lecture on Bio-Identical Hormones,
Estrogen, Testosterone and Progesterone. Men and women may
present with a variety of symptoms when their hormones are
unbalanced. Examples include: Depression, Decreased Libido,
Dizziness, Forgetfulness, Hot Flashes, Insomnia, Irritability,
Night sweats and Anxiety.
A person may not need to begin hormone replacement therapy
(HRT) until they are deficient. There are also many
herbs, supplements, and vitamins that can effectively treat
symptoms associated with andropause, menopause, and
The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to replace
hormonal deficiencies and create an optimal balance using
hormones that are biochemically similar to the hormones that the
human body produces naturally. These hormones are known as
bio-identical hormones, they are compounded hormones that are
customized for individual patients by pharmacists with special
training. Synthetic hormones are also made in a laboratory
but they are not identical to your natural ones.
Bio-identical hormones are the most natural form of hormone
replacement therapy for men and women.
In women, hormones can become imbalanced as early as age 35,
even if they are still having normal menstrual cycles.
Hormone imbalance can lead to fatigue, memory loss, dizziness,
and irritability. This is in addition to symptoms commonly
associated with menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes,
insomnia, depression, skin dryness, and headaches.
Estrogen and Progesterone Therapy
Estrogen is a hormone that declines in women just prior to
menopause. It is associated with the symptoms of
accelerated aging, osteoporosis, heart disease, loss of skin
elasticity, vaginal dryness, and depression. Bio-identical
Estrogen replacement therapy can delay or prevent these symptoms
associated with menopause and the aging process.
Progesterone is a hormone that keeps Estrogen in balance and
is an important part of HRT for women, even in those cases where
a woman’s uterus has been removed. There is a wide range
of hormonal imbalances that are not due to estrogen deficiency.
It is vital to keep levels of thyroid and Adrenal hormones in
balance as well.
Both men and women need Testosterone for optimal health.
It is needed for libido, muscle mass and strength, leanness, and
a general sense of well-being, positive mood, and sharp mental
function. Women who have low levels or non-detectable
testosterone levels suffer from a loss of libido, an increase in
body fat, and osteoporosis. A loss in testosterone in men can
lead to atherosclerosis, increased risk of heart disease,
obesity, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. There is no
evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer
although it can cause undetectable cancer to grow larger if
Andropause is often referred to as male menopause. This
is a state in which the hormonal balance of men is deficient and
they may suffer decreased libido, decreased sexual function,
fatigue, loss of muscle mass, and depression. Some men
describe it as a feeling of sudden and rapid aging. The
cause of this condition is often multifactorial, being a result
of adrenal fatigue as well as low levels of Testosterone, DHEA,
and Growth Hormone.
DHEA and Cortisol Therapy
DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands. It declines
gradually as we age usually beginning around the age of 30.
DHEA plays an important role in lowering cholesterol, healthy
heart function, controlling weight gain, and the prevention of
arthritis, diabetes, and senility.
Cortisol is also produced by the adrenal glands. It is
an important hormone for the body as a whole. An imbalance
in cortisol can contribute to colon or bowel pain,
conjunctivitis, bronchitis, asthma, skin rashes, allergies, mood
swings, and fatigue. It also has a relationship to
Hormonal imbalances can severely affect the quality and
overall health of men and women. The resulting negative
symptoms, discomfort, and illness impact your social, personal,
and work life. These imbalances can be treated and
corrected resulting in a more vibrant and healthy life.