Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy treats the following symptoms:
Literally, “the end of monthly cycles”. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle.
Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted. In addition to the cessation of menstruation and fertility, women going through menopause often experience a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats and/or cold flashes
- Clammy skin
- Irritability, mood swings, sudden tears
- Loss of libido, vaginal dryness
- Heart palpitations
- Urinary urgency
- Inability to sleep through the night
- Fatigue, anxiety, and more
- Weight gain
“Peri” is from Greek, and means “near”, or “about”. Perimenopause is the word that describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.
The signs and effects of the menopause transition can begin as early as age 35, although most women become aware of the transition in their mid to late 40s. Normally lasting for several years, its duration varies for every woman, and its course is impossible to predict. During perimenopause, a woman’ menstrual cycle becomes irregular and varied, and fertility becomes diminished.
Every woman’s experience is different, but common symptoms of perimenopause include irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings, depression, and weight gain.
Andropause is the period in a man’s life that is marked by a drop in the levels of the male hormone, testosterone. Normally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, andropause is slow, steady reduction in testosterone levels. Unlike menopause in women, however, middle-aged men do not experience the complete and permanent shutdown of their reproductive capacity.
Andropause is often accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Fatigue and energy loss
- Loss of sex drive
- Occasional bouts of impotence
- Mood swings
- Loss in physical strength and agility
Located in the neck, around the “Adam’s apple”, the thyroid gland controls all of the metabolic functions in our bodies. In fact, the thyroid is the body’s primary regulator. Thyroid hormones control how quickly our body uses energy and makes proteins. They control the body’s sensitivity to other hormones, as well as vitamin use, digestion, the functioning of muscles and nerves, blood flow, oxygen use, and sexual function.
Weight Loss Resistance
One of the hallmarks of the onset of perimenopause and andropause is increasing difficulty in maintaining or losing weight. Pregesterone and estrogen are the normal culprits responsible for weight loss resistance. Hormones regulate and control many of the basic functions of our bodies, including a healthy digestive tract and metabolism.