Conditions Treated with Bio-identical Hormones
Menopause is a gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries make less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she hasn’t menstruated for 12 months, which typically occurs between ages 41-59. Symptoms of Menopause may include hot flashes, flushes, night sweats, cold flashes, clamminess, irritability, mood swings, sudden tears, trouble sleeping through the night, loss of libido, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
Perimenopause is the phase before menopause during which the body undergoes changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production. Perimenopause can last over six years and usually ends after twelve months of amenorrhea. Symptoms of perimenopause can include irregular menstrual periods, acne, increased PMS, dysmenorrhea, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and mood swings.
Andropause is the period of a man’s life that occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, which is marked by a drop in the testicles secretion of testosterone. Men with testosterone decline may experience symptoms such as changes in attitudes and moods, weight gain, fatigue, loss of energy, low libido, lowered physical agility, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction.
Sexual Disorders may occur with testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone decline. Aging does not have to mean a decrease in sexual function, and BHRT can help Symptoms such as low libido, erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and infertility.
Chronic Fatigue may be caused when the adrenal glands have been exhausted for an extended period of time. When a person is under stress for a long period of time, the adrenals excrete cortisol, and eventually, the body begins to convert sex hormones into cortisol in order to meet the body’s demands. A person may experience symptoms such as fatigue, sore throat, loss of memory or concentration, muscle pain, enlarged lymph nodes, and extreme exhaust after physical or mental activity.
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-induced condition characterized by a set of common symptoms that indicate decreased function of the adrenal glands. Adrenal Fatigue affects every organ and system in the body, and the symptoms produced include chronic infections, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, body aches, and headaches.
Gastrointestinal Disturbances can often by remedied with dietary changes, exercise, stress reduction, and nutritional supplementation. Irritable Bowel syndrome is often associated with stress and may include constipation alternating with diarrhea. Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease, or GERD, often consists of burning in the esophagus due to an excess of stomach acid.
Metabolic Syndrome may occur during hormone decline and with long-term stress or poor lifestyle choices. Often a person puts on weight and may have high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood. Insulin resistance may also occur and happens when the body does not allow insulin to regulate blood sugar. Prolonged insulin resistance can lead to diabetes.
Thyroid imbalances occur when thyroid hormone is produced in excess or deficiency. The thyroid affects every metabolic function in the body and regulates the synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins. When thyroid hormone is deficient, a condition of hypothyroidism may occur. Symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, dry skin, muscle weakness, swelling in the joints, thinning hair, depression, heavy periods, or unexplained weight gain may occur. When thyroid hormone is excessive, a condition such as hyperthyroidism may happen, which can cause symptoms of unexplained weight loss, itchy skin, hair loss, heart palpitations, more bowel movements, or fatigue.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is associated with abnormal levels of the brain chemicals that transmit nerve signals, and it is characterized by symptoms such as muscle aches, sleep disorders, fatigue, wide spread body pain, skin temperature changes, irritable bowel syndrome, mental fogginess, and decreased immune function.
Weight Loss Resistance can be caused by hormone decline, and progesterone and estrogen are normally the culprits that lead to weight loss difficulties. Other factors that cause weight gain may include thyroid issues, poor dietary habits, and a lack of exercise. Balanced hormones, a healthy digestive tract, a balanced diet, an exercise program, and an awareness of food allergies can all help weight loss resistance.