Although hormone deficiencies brought on by perimenopause and menopause are the most common causes of hormonal imbalances in women, these imbalances can occur at other stages in life as well. In addition to the normal aging process, hormonal imbalances may also be caused by stress, poor dieting, lack of exercise and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Regardless of cause, unbalanced hormones can make life miserable at any age.
Of course, this is only a short list. Hormonal imbalances can cause many more problems that will make you feel not like your normal self.
The term bioidentical refers to the fact that the hormones used in BHRT have an identical molecular structure to those produced by your body. Before the introduction of BHRT, doctors commonly used hormones from animals that were only similar to those produced in humans. Studies soon found that these hormones are associated with higher rates of blood clots, breast cancer, strokes, and many other risks, causing animal-derived(synthetic) hormone replacement therapy to fall out of favor in the medical community.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy offers women a different experience: when you first visit a Jacksonville Florida Bioidentical Hormone specialist, your doctor will take the time to get to know you and understand your symptoms. Your Jacksonville menopause specialist will complete a blood or saliva test to gauge specific hormone deficiencies, giving information needed to create individualized bioidentical hormones that will replenish the exact hormones you are missing. Since bioidentical hormones are exact replicas of your body’s natural hormones, they work faster without the risks of synthetic hormones. While problems caused by hormonal imbalance won’t disappear overnight, you should notice some of the following improvements within several weeks of starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy:
The main improvement that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement provides for women is an overall improvement in the quality of life. You can live your life with a renewed energy and vibrancy reminiscent of your youth.
Men and women have many hormones in their body, but only some of them contribute to symptoms associated with perimenopause, menopause, or general hormonal decline. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy works specifically to correct imbalances of the following hormones:
Estrogen is the primary sex hormone in women, and works with many other hormones to regulate your bodily functions, including progesterone. Because progesterone usually starts declining in women earlier than estrogen, you may suffer from a condition known as estrogen dominance. This condition describes the unbalanced state of the two hormones rather than having too much estrogen. Signs that you may have a problem with estrogen imbalances such as estrogen dominance include mood swings, decreased libido, dry skin, brittle nails, fatigue, osteoporosis, vaginal dryness, and dozens of other possible symptoms. BHRT will work to reverse these problems and restore hormone levels to working order.
Progesterone works in close partnership with estrogen to initiate the release of an egg each month for possible fertilization, maintain pregnancy, and contribute to the healthy development of the fetus. When progesterone is too low, estrogen may take over and cause many of the symptoms described above. Typical issues caused by unbalanced levels of progesterone also include irritability, weepiness, anxiety, sleep problems, heavy menstrual periods, fluid retention, weight gain, and inflammation. Bringing progesterone into balance helps to relieve these symptoms, especially fatigue. The correction of progesterone balance is what makes BHRT so effective at restoring energy and putting the spring back in your step!
This sex hormone plays a huge role in controlling all of the other sex hormones. Your body’s production of DHEA peaks in your 20’s, then declines over time. The decline is variable however, and can be rather erratic if coupled with stress, smoking, inadequate nutrition, and other factors, leading to an unhealthy imbalance. Some of the most common symptoms of unbalanced DHEA levels include muscle atrophy, painful joints, weakened immune system, weight gain, irritability, and extreme fatigue. While DHEA supplements are commonly sold over the counter, correcting delicate balances are never as simple as popping a pill. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a more comprehensive approach that tailors treatment for each individual.
Cortisol is a stress hormone created in your adrenal glands. Unlike many other hormones, cortisol levels become too high over time. Other hormones usually help to keep cortisol in check, but if imbalances occur cortisol can be destructive, causing adrenal fatigue. Common symptoms include increased allergies, low blood sugar, high cholesterol, slow recovery from injuries and illnesses, irritable bowel syndrome, and low libido. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help slow the production of cortisol to healthy levels.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can transform the way you look & feel – for good. Contact a Bioidentical Hormone Doctor in the Jacksonville area and get back to being you.