Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Women
Women often begin to experience symptoms of hormonal imbalance well before menopause. For a period of 5-7 years prior to the end of the menses, women may have irregular menstrual cycles, labile emotions, tearfulness, decreased libido, hot flashes and/or night sweats, foggy thinking and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms are explained by the reducing hormone production occurring in aging ovaries. If left imbalanced, these symptoms may result in reducing the quality of life and reduced sense of wellbeing. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help women to reduce these symptoms and other issues related to hormone decline in order to improve their overall health. The severity of symptoms seems to correlate with the depth of the hormone imbalance.
Symptoms of female hormone decline may include:
- Increased Tension
- Memory Loss
- Decreased Mental Clarity
- Joint Pain
- Decreased Sex Drive
- Exercise Intolerance
- Insulin Resistance
- Weight Gain
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Joint Pain
- Increased Abdominal Fat
- Vaginal Dryness
Replacing valuable hormones can help to improve the issues that occur with hormone loss, and bio-identical estrogen and testosterone may help to improve overall levels of health and wellness.
Benefits of these hormones can include:
Positive Effects of Testosterone
- Enhanced Libido & Desire
- Physical Rejuvenation
- Cardiovascular Protection
- Strong Bones & Muscle Mass
- Increased Exercise Endurance
- Increased Insulin Sensitivity
- Cognitive Clarity
- Relief of Depression
- Cholesterol Lowering
- Reduced Body Fat
- Increased Energy & Vitality
Positive Effects of Estrogen include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats are usually gone within a week after insertion of estrogen pellet
- Improved insomnia
- Reduced vaginal dryness, which may take a little longer depending on how long the dryness has been present
- Decreased risk of alzheimer’s & dementia
- Migraines are usually gone within first dosing time period if hormonally related
- Joint pain may take a few doses, but mild arthritis has been improved
Conditions Treated with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy include:
Hormone imbalances may aggravate fibromyalgia, which is an autoimmune condition that is characterized by widespread body pain and inflammation. Certain hormones have anti-inflammatory affects in the body, such as cortisol and DHEA, and when these hormones are insufficient, inflammation and pain may result. A lack of sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone may also lead to immune dysfunction, which can contribute to autoimmunity. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can replace deficient hormones to reduce inflammation and boost immune function, and this can reduce the painful symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
Many women experience vaginal dryness as a result of hormone decline; however, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can replenish deficient sex hormones to improve vaginal lubrication. Bioidentical hormones can improve estrogen and progesterone levels, which work to increase sex drive, ability to climax, and vaginal secretions.
Several women going through their reproductive years suffer from PMS symptoms, which can include moodiness, water retention, bloating, acne, fatigue, sweet and salty cravings, and cramping, and many of these symptoms are the result of hormone imbalances. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to balance their hormones and reduce their PMS symptoms. Women can have easier periods with reduced cramping, fatigue, bloating, cravings, and skin breakouts.
Hormone decline in women usually begins around the age of 35, and this initial phase of hormone decline is known as perimenopause. During this phase, estrogen and progesterone begin to decline, and women can experience symptoms that include fatigue, depression, acne, weight gain, mental fogginess, low libido, and irregular periods. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can women to slow down the process of hormone decline by replacing deficient hormones. It can help women to regulate their periods, have more energy, improve mental cognition, lose weight, and increase their sex drive.
Starting in a woman’s late 40’s or 50’s, women usually enter into menopause, which officially begins after a woman has not had a menstrual period for twelve consecutive months. Menopause occurs because the body can no longer produce healthy amounts of estrogen and progesterone to fuel reproduction and promote youthfulness, and for this reason, many women suffer from low libido, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood changes, wrinkling skin, and weight gain. However, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to replenish these hormones in order to stay healthy and reverse the signs of aging. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to regulate body temperature, improve sleep, increase libido, strengthen bones, lose weight, improve mental cognition, balance moods, and increase skin elasticity.
Many women have been able to improve hormone related conditions with the help of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and they have been able to regain optimal health and wellness.