What You Need To Know
Hormonal imbalances can affect men as well as women. More recent therapies offer ways to decrease the effects of aging and slow the disease processes associated with aging. More energy, better quality sleep and overall feeling of wellness can be achieved by addressing the issues of hormone imbalances.
Hormone production and nutritional needs in individuals can change at any age. Stressors in life can impact our physical, mental, and emotional states. These same stressors can also wear on our environmental health and make demands on our hormonal system.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance:
- Hot Flashes
- Memory Loss
- Low energy
- Mood swings
- Dry skin
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
Note: Not all of these may be present
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use bio identical hormones?
Hormone regulate everything in our body. Chemical messengers to tell an organ to make more or less of something, balance is like an orchestra. Bio identical hormones are man made hormones that chemically are similar as the hormones our bodies make naturally.
Female bio identical hormones are estradiol and progesterone. There are over the counter preparations of progesterone that are very low dose, and herbals to help balance estrogen and progesterone.
There are pharmaceutical companies that make bio identical hormones, and often these hormones are prescribed to compounding pharmacies. Although there can be variances in compounding pharmacies your functional medicine provider can discuss the pharmacies they commonly use and why.
There is also forms of testosterone replacement that are similar to what the body makes. There are many forms of hormones and applications.
Synthetic hormones are not chemically similar to the body’s own hormones and need to be metabolized to a useful form. There are potential side effects and risks of synthetic hormones.
How will bio identical hormones help me?
When should I consider bio identical hormones?
Will hormones therapy help with stress?
Will hormone therapy help me?
Many patients have a significant improvement in hormone imbalance symptoms when using bio identical hormones versus synthetic hormones.
Why don’t traditional providers prescribe bio identical hormones?
The differences between bio identical and synthetic hormone use are controversial for a few reasons. Guidelines often have synthetic hormones as first line choice. The literature often does not separate data between the synthetic and bio identical hormones although there are volumes of benefits of bio identical hormone therapy available. Many studies are available on bio identical hormones that show a decrease in some of the risks we typically see listed with synthetic hormones. There is room for more long term studies regarding bio identical hormones. Often hormone levels are not measured regularly while on hormone therapy unless someone has a functional medicine provider.
Will this treatment interfere with my currently prescribed medication(s)?
Will you take over as my provider?