Today more and more women are searching for answers and seeking healthy solutions for mid-life issues.
The decline in hormones causes symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause which can affect your quality of life. Environmental and dietary toxins contribute to the natural decline as well. Many women hear from their physician that they are just stressed, depressed and there is nothing they can do for you. You are just getting older. Balancing hormones with BHRT or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a wonderful and safe solution.
Bio-identical hormones are natural hormones that are made to be chemically and functionally identical to what our body produces. They are exact replicas of our own hormones that are primarily made from plant or yam sources, which differs significantly from synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones such as Premarin (made from pregnant mare urine) and Provera, have very different chemical structures, and have been shown to have many long term and undesirable side effects. Bio-identical hormones have been found to have fewer side effects and overall are safer. The good news is that hormone loss and imbalance can be corrected. Bio-identical hormones are customized for each individual to bring you optimal health.
When providing bio-hormone replacement therapy, it is important to balance ALL the hormones, not just one, because hormones do not work in isolation. They work like a symphony, and what affects one hormone affects all the other hormones. Here are some commonly used hormones.
Estradiol – helps alleviate menopausal and peri-menopausal symptoms, such as memory, urinary incontinence, libido and loss of skin elasticity. Estrogen, primarily estradiol, helps protect against osteoporosis, colon cancer, and heart disease.
Progesterone – is best known for maintaining pregnancy. It is also a mood stabilizer, and an anti-anxiety/calming hormone which can help alleviate insomnia, irritability and loss of libido. Progesterone is also protective of breast and uterine tissue.
Testosterone – is not just a male hormone. Women need testosterone as well. It increases libido, energy, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, as well as protection of heart muscle.
Cortisol – is an essential adrenal hormone that is your “stress” hormone. Cortisol regulates your “fight and flight “response, improves energy, is anti-inflammatory and supports the functioning of the other hormones.
DHEA – is an adrenal hormone which improves quality of life, improves libido, memory, and protects against heart disease, and osteoporosis. A percentage of DHEA can convert to testosterone and estradiol.
Pregnenolone – is the mother of all hormones from which all your hormones are made. It has a significant role in short-term memory and cognitive functioning.
At New Spring Integrative Medicine, a comprehensive evaluation will be done upon your initial visit. This will include having done a full panel of specialized testing, hormone evaluation, thorough analysis of all lab results, nutritional evaluation, as well as a customized plan moving forward. Our goal is to restore your hormones to more youthful levels using a combination of nutritional supplementation and BHRT. Women who use BHRT often feel better, live better and look younger.