What You Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Why Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Simply put, hormone replacement therapy is an effective way to restore the hormonal balance and the many associated symptoms that women often have to deal with in their late 30’s and beyond. This hormone imbalance that women experience is due to a natural decline in hormone production. Symptoms can be mild to severe and often include:
- lack of sexual desire
- weight gain
- loss of muscle mass
- poor sleep patterns
- night sweats
- mood swings
- even a lowered sense of well-being
Fortunately, you can get relief from these symptoms! Hormone replacement therapy has helped many thousands of women to restore the natural healthy balance their bodies need to maintain a sense of overall wellbeing.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women – the Better Alternative
BHRT is the balancing of hormone levels through the use of hormones that are structurally identical to those that the body produces naturally. Recent scientific studies have shown there are significant risks associated with the use of synthetic hormones for replacement therapy (hormones that are similar to, but different in structure than our natural hormones) which can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Unlike conventional synthetic hormonal therapy used for balancing hormones in perimenopause, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) reduces the risk for dangerous biochemical reactions and other health issues commonly seen with the use of synthetic hormones. Bio-identical hormones are formulated to act like natural human hormones, thereby ensuring a much-improved safety profile and maximum effectiveness.
At Northshore Medical Group we use only the highest quality bio-identical hormones, thereby reducing the risk of dangerous biochemical reactions and health problems that can occur with synthetic hormones. BHRT for women involves a balance of three main hormones – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
What is Testosterone Therapy? Do Women Really Need It?
Yes, testosterone is very important to the hormonal balance in women. Testosterone is the secret anti-aging weapon for men AND women. Testosterone is well known for its effects on libido but it does so much more. Testosterone benefits your bones, brain, treat depression, increases our energy and is the missing key ingredient to weight loss. It has even been shown to prevent cancer. Though we only need a small amount for women, it has an outsized role in making us feel and function our best. Men and women both can benefit from better wellbeing with the symptom fighting effects of testosterone replacement therapy. Both our male and female patients tell us that they feel fantastic again!
Some of the Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Women Include:
- Enhanced libido and sexual desire
- Improved memory and mental clarity
- Increased sense of well-being
- Reduced fatigue…More energy
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Decrease in body fat and Increase in lean body mass
- Increase in lean body mass
How Does a Woman’s Anti-Aging Therapy Differ from a Man’s?
Women’s hormones are more complex, so the care of a health provider that has experience in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for women is very important. Of course, testosterone is not the only hormone that can assist women in restoring their youthful vitality. The other two hormones that can have a significant impact on a woman’s health and well being are estrogen and progesterone. An unhealthy lifestyle, aging, and the onset of menopause can upset the natural healthy balance of these hormones. This disruption can lead to many negative effects. Low estrogen levels can lead to low energy, an increase in belly fat, vaginal dryness, and elevated blood pressure. Symptoms of low progesterone include weight gain, depression, anxiety, low libido, and even osteoporosis. It is also very important that the relative levels of progesterone and estrogen are in the right balance. When progesterone levels are too high relative to estrogen levels, it can produce symptoms that include increased appetite and carbohydrate craving, insulin resistance, a suppressed immune system, and a decrease in growth hormone production. Our experienced healthcare providers restore and optimize the health of our female patients through comprehensive assessment and development of effective and individualized bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
What Is My Next Step?
Your next step is calling to schedule an initial consultation at Northshore Medical Group. We will talk to you about your symptoms, answer your questions, and give you the information you need to make an informed decision that is right for you. If you decide to go forward then high quality testing will be done to evaluate your current hormone levels. These test results, your symptoms and lifestyle will then be used to suggest the best course of treatment for you.