Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Colleen McCleery, M.D.has used bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to treat a wide number of conditions. Men and women have been able to replace deficient hormones and improve their overall health through the use of bio-identical hormones. Because bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones produced in the human body, people can reap the benefits of these hormones without suffering from the negative side effects.
Some of the conditions that can be improved with bio-identical hormones include:
Outbursts of anger can be caused by a chemical imbalance that can occur with hormone fluctuations, neurotransmitter deficits, drugs, or medications. In women, increased anger may occur during menopause or perimenopause, as estrogen levels can drastically affect moods. In men, testosterone imbalances may lead to increased aggression or anger. Balancing hormones and regulating the bodily system can help men and women to have healthy emotions and resolve anger outbursts.
This condition is the result of a lack of thyroid hormone production, and because thyroid hormone controls many metabolic functions, several aspects of metabolism can be affected with reduced thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can lead to a number of symptoms that greatly reduce the quality of life. Some of the issues that can occur with hypothyroidism may include sudden weight gain, thinning hair, irregular periods, constipation, intolerance to cold, fatigue, cold limbs, and slower metabolic functions.
Anxiety or Depression
Many people suffer from different ranges of anxiety and depression. Chemical imbalances, stress, drugs, or neurotransmitter imbalances can all cause different ranges of anxiety and depression. Emotional disorders can also be a result of hormonal fluctuations, which usually occur during perimenopause, andropause, and menopause. Correcting hormone imbalances and rearranging lifestyle habits can reduce anxiety and depression to give a person an increased sense of wellbeing.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an autoimmune condition that is characterized with a constant feeling of fatigue or exhaust that lasts more than 24 hours. This syndrome leads to both mental and physical exhaust, and while physicians are not sure exactly what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, some evidence shows that hormone imbalances may exacerbate the condition. This is because hormones influence immunity and energy metabolism, and when they fall out of balance, people can experience immune dysfunction or fatigue. Other symptoms of chronic fatigue may include a chronic sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, body aches, general malaise, insomnia, and a low grade fever.
Many adults suffer from the inability to sleep, and they may have issues falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up many times during the night, or waking up early in the morning and not being able to fall back asleep. A lack of sleep can cause fatigue during the day and lead to a decreased overall quality of life. Many women experience sleeping issues during menopause and perimenopause, and men experience this issue during andropause. Hormone imbalances may be at the root of sleep disturbances, and many people have been able to improve sleep through balancing hormones.
A low sex drive can occur at any point during a man or woman’s life, and it several factors can play into low libido. During the 20’s and 30’s, stress or overwork may lead to a reduced sex drive. When men and women enter into the 40’s and 50’s, low libido may be caused by hormone decline. For men going through andropause and women experiencing menopause or perimenopause, low libido can be improved through balancing hormones. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may help to replenish deficient sex hormones and restore libido to normal levels.
Headaches are a common issue among both men and women, and they usually do not signify a larger health issue. Many women suffer from hormone related headaches during PMS, menstruation, perimenopause, or menopause, and they can occur when hormones fluctuate. Other common causes of headaches can occur from stress, dehydration, or not eating. Men may also get hormone related headaches or migraines. Balancing hormones can help to resolve hormone related headaches and prevent them from occurring on a regular basis.
Many people suffer from mood swings for different reasons, and both men and women can get hormone related mood changes. Women going through menopause or perimenopause often suffer from increased anxiety, depression, sadness or irritability. In men, male hormonal fluctuations can lead to increased aggression, anger, apathy, or depression. Balancing hormones can improve moods and increase a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.
Hormones are chemical messengers that carry signals from one part of the body to another, and they work to control almost all primary physiological processes in the body, such as reproduction, sexual function, digestion, metabolism, growth, and energy and heat regulation. When hormones become deficient or imbalanced, numerous symptoms can occur in the body, which may include mood changes, night sweats, hot flashes, low libido, reduced sexual function, hair loss, wrinkling skin, and weight gain. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to reduce these issues and restore the quality of life to the individual.
Night sweats usually indicate a deficiency of hormones that help to control temperature. They usually occur in women during perimenopause or menopause, or they can occur in younger women before the menstrual cycle when estrogen drops to lower levels. Men may experience night sweats before or during andropause or in response to stress. Balancing hormones can help to reduce night sweats and improve sleep.
While hot flashes are typically thought to be an issue that only affects menopausal women, men and women of all ages can suffer from hot flashes. A hot flash involves a sudden feeling of warmth or extreme heat that can lead to sweating, flushing, or a dry mouth, and this can be caused from an imbalance within the hypothalamus. When hormones fall out of balance, the hypothalamus, which regulates body temperature, can receive mixed signals, and this can lead to wild fluctuations in temperature. While hormonal fluctuations are the most common reason for hot flashes, stress, illness, or thyroid issues can also cause hot flashes.