Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

For Women

Our bodies age because our hormone levels decrease over time. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the science of replenishing and optimizing hormone deficiencies that occur in menopause and andropause (male menopause).

 

Balancing hormones is equivalent to finding the fountain of youth. We are able to “turn back the hands of time”, thus making you feel more vibrant, look younger and to enjoy life as you did when you were younger.

 

Bioidentical hormones are exact replicas of the hormones that our bodies naturally produce; matching the body’s natural hormones molecule for molecule and thus produce no undesirable side effects. These hormones come in various forms, including, under the tongue tablets, creams, gels and under the skin pellets.

 

Hormone Replacement Therapy is based on the review of a comprehensive blood hormone test to determine which hormones are low and need restoring to an optimal level. Once the blood results are back, the patient and the doctor will have a conference and decide what is the best direction to proceed.

Hormones can be administered by injection, creams, gels, sublingual or under the tongue tablets, or even small pellets that are implanted under the skin and can last from 4-5 months.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Helps Relieve:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of Sex Drive
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Dry Skin
  • Weight Gain
  • Increased Body Fat
  • Depression
  • Decreased Memory and Foggy Thinking
  • Loss in Concentration

HRT has also been shown to:

  • Decrease the risk of stroke and heart attack by 50%.
  • Reduce the risk of broken bones from osteoporosis by 50%.
  • Reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease by 80%
  • Reduce the risk of osteoarthritis by 40%
  • Lower Cholesterol

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Menopause?
What does BHRT do?
How are BHRT treatments created?

It is simply the ceasing of menstruation. This is the time in a female's life when her monthly menstruation stops and she is not fertile any more (cannot become pregnant).

Treats the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause. They also restore the bodies protection against chronic diseases ie stroke, alzheimers and heart attack and improves bone modeling (density).

Treatment is decided by evaluating your blood results, symptoms, weight, level of activity etc

What is Estrogen?
Why have some said Hormone Treatment causes cancer?

      This fear stems from the results of the 1991 long-term study on the safety and efficacy of hormone therapy, known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The study tested synthetic, or traditional, hormone therapy on postmenopausal women. One branch of the study, which compared the effects of estrogen-only therapy with estrogen-progestin therapy, had to be halted early in 2002 due to adverse health conditions that developed among many of the subjects.

 

The subjects of the study were limited to postmenopausal women, with a combined average age of 68 years old. These two factors are significant - most of the women studied had been in a state of hormonal decline or complete loss of hormones for fifteen years or more, putting them at-risk for the development of diseases that estrogen, progesterone and testosterone might have prevented if administered earlier in their lifespan.

Why would you test Testosterone levels in women?

Believe it or not, women need testosterone too – generally in lower quantities than men, but it is necessary. In women, testosterone plays a role in sex drive, energy levels, sense of well being, building and sustaining lean muscle mass and managing mood swings. Some women experience greater declines in this hormone than others.

Traditional/Non-bioidentical vs. Bioidentical Hormones:

The WHI study used traditional/non-bioidentical hormones, not bioidentical hormones for therapies administered to these subjects. Unlike bioidentical hormones, non-bioidentical hormones are not designed to mimic the natural structure of human endogenous hormones. Instead, non-bioidentical hormones bind tightly to the specified cell receptors and initiate prolonged stimulation. This action inhibits the natural metabolic process designed for hormones metabolism and contributes to the body’s inability to wean the traditional hormones from your system., metabolic process designed for hormones metabolism and contributes to the body’s inability to wean the traditional hormones from your system.

The difference between bioidentical hormones and traditional hormones is deeply layered. Unlike bioidentical hormones, traditional hormones may be patented by pharmaceutical companies, therefore dosages vary from person to person by mere milligrams dictated by your doctor, while bioidentical hormones are prescribed precisely to meet your individual needs. Although traditional hormones can mimic the effects of hormones on certain biological pathways, they rarely offer the same effectiveness at a deeper, molecular level as your natural hormones. Bioidentical hormones, however, mimic the affinity human endogenous hormones have – performing effectively within each biological, at all levels.

Estrogen is notoriously the female hormone. For women, it is linked to many, functions that impact beauty and bodily function. Low estrogen often causes diminished sex drive because the vaginal walls become thinner and drier when this hormone is lacking - making intercourse painful. Orgasms may also become more difficult to achieve and less intense. Reduced estrogen causes a reduction in collagen - which is responsible for building skin and connective tissue - leading to thinner, drier and wrinkled skin.

Are Bio-identical Hormones better than synthetic?

Yes. Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is safer, better tolerated, fewer or no complications as with synthetic.

What are the Benefits of Progesterone?

Reduces symptoms of PMS and menopause, Protects against breast cancer, uterine cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, fibroids. Progesterone is synergic to estrogen’s effect on bone & lipids. Improves Libido, sleep and headaches. All women need progesterone, uterus or not.

What are the other hormone replacement treatments available at Physicians Center for Weight Loss & Age Mnagement?

Our natural bio-identical hormone replacement treatment program also include treatment with hormones or supplements like – Thyroid hormone, Testosterone, Growth Hormone Secretagogues, DHEA, Pregnenolone, Melatonin. We also evaluate patients for adrenal dysfunction – stress and fatigue

Physicians Center for Weight Loss & Age Management

Medical Director: Agnes P. Green, MD

 

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