Our Center, has used Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to help men and women overcome the many signs and symptoms of aging and hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical Hormones are identical in chemical and molecular function to the hormones produced in the human body, and because of their identical nature, they can be more easily metabolized in the body.
By addressing your overall wellness, rather than isolated problems, we can identify potential triggers and the underlying causes of your symptoms. Your body functions as a system—where each part, no matter how small, has the power to affect greater systems. It is our job to fix the problem, not merely to relieve the symptoms or disguise them. This shift in perspective from that of traditional wellness approaches allows for a more thorough course of treatment and results that are long lasting.
We believe that if you’re feeling the effects of aging related to weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, or a low sex drive, our integrated approach to wellness and bioidentical hormones can enhance your quality of life.
While hormone fluctuations can occur at any age and time in a person’s life, they most commonly begin during the 40’s and 50’s or during female perimenopause and menopause or male andropause. Women going through perimenopause or menopause and men going through andropause can benefit in many ways from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as well as from many of our other integrative therapies.
Some of the benefits that can be obtained include:
Better Sexual Function & Libido
In women, low levels of estrogen and progesterone can reduce a woman’s desire for sex, and it can also lead to vaginal dryness, reduced enjoyment in sex, and the inability to climax.
For men, low testosterone can cause sex drive to decrease and lead to erectile dysfunction. Replenishing hormones can increase sexual function and libido, which can improve intimate relationships and boost confidence.
Reduced Body Fat
In women, usually imbalances within estrogen and progesterone are to blame for weight loss resistance. When estrogen declines, the body may hold onto body fat because it contains estrogen, and if progesterone is low, women may retain water because progesterone works as a diuretic. Restoring estrogen and progesterone balance can help women to burn fat and shed water weight.
In men, lower levels of testosterone can increase body fat, which automatically increases estrogen. When a man has higher levels of estrogen, testosterone is suppressed, metabolism is slowed, and more fat accumulates. Balancing hormones can help men to break this cycle and lose weight.
Increased Muscle Mass
Because testosterone helps to synthesize red blood cells, poor testosterone levels can reduce the body’s ability to build muscle. During andropause, which is male hormone decline, men can lose around twelve to fifteen pounds of muscle mass. Low levels of testosterone can cause muscles to become flabby in both men and women, but improving hormone levels can improve muscle tone and mass in both men and women.
Maintained Youthful Appearance
In men, estrogen works to keep skin youthful, and balanced levels of testosterone can help men prevent hair loss. Low testosterone can cause a form of testosterone that causes hair follicle cell death, which leads to baldness.
In women, estrogen helps women to maintain a youthful appearance because it promotes collagen formation, which prevents skin from wrinkling, and it causes hair and nails to remain lustrous. It also helps women to have fuller breasts. Keeping healthy levels of hormones can help women and men maintain a youthful appearance and improve overall health.
Increased Bone Strength
Many women experience bone thinning and osteoporosis after or during perimenopause or menopause. Men can have thinning bones as well, but it is more common in women. Bone loss can be increased with a loss of estrogen and testosterone. Balancing these two hormones with a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program can reduce bone loss, osteoporosis, and reduce the risk for broken bones.
Hormones affect brain function for both men and women, and during andropause, menopause, and perimenopause, most people experience memory loss, mental fogginess, or reduced cognition. Estrogen helps to detoxify the brain, and testosterone can improve neurological functions as well. Restoring hormones to healthy levels can help men and women to improve their memory and cognitive function.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve health and wellness, while providing numerous benefits to both men and women.