Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women to supplement several hormones that help the body to carry out its necessary daily functions. When these hormones are deficient, men and women may begin to notice physical and mental changes. Hormones are very powerful messengers that carry signals to the brain and all parts of the body, and in order to maintain peak levels of health, it is imperative that they stay balanced. Some of the body’s most important hormones include estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, cortisol, and Thyroid hormone.
Testosterone maintains energy, libido, and muscle mass in both men and women. While men have more testosterone than women, the female body still needs a balanced amount of testosterone to function correctly. When men do not produce enough testosterone, they begin to experience hair loss on the head, under the arms, or on the groin, and muscle atrophy. Bio-identical testosterone can help both men and women to restore testosterone deficiencies.
Progesterone helps to balance estrogen, and it has several of the opposite affects of estrogen. This hormone takes part in pregnancy and birth, helps to regulate the menstrual cycle, and aids in the formation of embryos. Imbalances in progesterone can lead to irregular periods and increased PMS symptoms. When progesterone is deficient both men and women can experience digestive issues, water retention, softer bones, mood swings, and bladder issues.
Estrogen maintains countless functions in the body, and it is responsible for maintaining a feminine appearance, brain function, and healthy bones. Many of the symptoms that come with menopause manifest due to an estrogen deficiency. Estrogen helps to maintain lustrous hair, skin, and nails, and it helps the skin to stay elastic and youthful. Estrogen regulates body temperature to reduce hot flashes and night sweats. It also helps the brain to detoxify and helps the bones absorb minerals and vitamins that help them retain their density. A lack of estrogen can cause thinning skin, hot flashes, night sweats, dry hair and nails, thinning bones, and a poor memory.
Thyroid hormone is one of the body’s most important hormones, and without it, the body would not be able to sustain life. The body has no replacement for thyroid hormone; however, there is a bio-identical version of it. Thyroid hormone helps to maintain metabolism, which allows the body to transform food into energy in order to support the body’s necessary functions and actions. It also helps to maintain muscle and nerve action, growth, energy and heat production, digestion, vitamin absorption, and tissue repair. When a person lacks thyroid hormone, several bodily functions can become impaired. Bio-identical thyroid hormone can help to restore these functions and improve health.
DHEA is a building block for testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen, and it serves to help the body support the immune system, decrease allergies, regulate blood sugar, prevent blood clots, promote weight loss, lower triglycerides, and have healthy emotions. Symptoms of a DHEA deficiency can include fatigue, weight gain, insulin resistance, muscle atrophy, joint pain, and recurrent illnesses.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, and it really serves to protect the body from the damage of stress. When a person experiences stress, a chemical reaction occurs that causes the body to release cortisol; however, cortisol has several other functions in the body aside from protecting it from stress. Improving sleep, protecting immunity, balancing blood sugar, and controlling weight are a few other function of cortisol. When cortisol is out of balance in the body, a person may experience slower healing infections, mood swings, poor sleep, weight gain, insulin resistance, and an intolerance to stress.
A qualified BHRT Doctor can help patients determine which hormones are out of balance and which symptoms are due to imbalances. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help patients suffering from hormonal imbalances to regain their quality of life and wellbeing.