What are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are identical in structure and function to the ones made in the human body, and are usually compounded from sources such as soy or wild yams. When these hormones are absorbed into the body, they are more easily recognized and metabolized. Because of their identical structure to human hormones, they can reduce the risks of health-threatening side effects.
Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Men and women of all ages can benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Poor diet, lack of exercise, environmental factors, stress, and aging can lead to hormonal imbalances, which can cause health problems.
Perimenopause, menopause, and andropause are the syndromes that most men and women experience when they reach their forties and fifties, due to hormonal deficiencies. Some of the issues that can arise from this may include:
- Hot Flashes
- Weight Loss Resistance
- High Cholesterol
- Low Libido
- Irregular Periods
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Hair Loss
- Mood Swings
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapies can restore these deficient hormones and the related symptoms. Healthy Futures can tailor bioidentical hormone prescriptions to meet individual needs, and will implement personalized dietary, nutritional, and stress relieving elements into each program to enhance your results.
Women can experience hormonal imbalances at any age; however, most women begin to experience hormonal decline in the mid to late 30’s or early 40’s. Hormonal imbalances can be caused due to stress, a poor diet, environmental factors, lack of sleep, smoking or alcohol, poor nutrition, and having a baby. The hormones that most commonly begin to decline are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. While testosterone is thought to mainly be a male hormone, women do produce small amounts of testosterone in their adrenal glands, and it is important for maintaining libido, energy, and muscle mass. Perimenopause is the period when estrogen and progesterone start to drop, and it usually occurs 4-6 years prior to menopause. Perimenopause can cause irregular periods, mood swings, acne, migraines, headaches, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, low libido, and fatigue.
After several years of perimenopause and not having a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, menopause officially begins. After menopause begins, many of the symptoms change and intensify, and new symptoms appear. During menopause, the ovaries have stopped producing significant amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and ideally, the adrenal glands are supposed to take over the production of these hormones. However, in most women, the adrenal glands are exhausted due to stress, lack of sleep, or a poor diet, and they cannot produce the necessary amounts of hormones. During menopause, a woman may experience symptoms such as weight gain, reduced libido, mood swings, insomnia, and hot flashes.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can provide a myriad of benefits for women suffering from hormone decline. Women do not have to suffer through perimenopause or menopause and can enjoy their transition out of the reproductive years. Dr. Tice’s expert programs can help to meet individual needs and improve overall health. Some of the benefits of bioidentical hormones may include:
Reduced Hot Flashes or Night Sweats
Estrogen helps the hypothalamus to set the body’s temperature, and when it is deficient, the hypothalamus cannot sustain a regular body temperature. Bioidentical hormone supplementation can reduce temperature fluctuations and relieve hot flashes and night sweats.
Healthier Emotional Balance
Anger, anxiety, depression, and sadness are all influenced by hormone fluctuation. Brain chemistry can be affected with hormonal imbalances to create mood changes, and when hormones are balanced, moods can become more stable.
Estrogen influences the absorption of calcium, and improper absorption of calcium can cause bones to become porous, lose their density, and become more breakable. Bioidentical hormones can help to keep the bones strong and reduce women’s chances of developing osteoporosis.
Improved Skin Elasticity
Estrogen coupled with vitamin C influence the suppleness of the skin by promoting collagen production. Collagen is the material that helps skin to stay youthful, fresh, and elastic, and if it cannot be produced in the necessary amounts, skin can become dry and wrinkled.
Men can greatly improve their health with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. While men do not suffer from such a drastic decline of hormones as women, they do experience a more gradual loss of hormones. Starting around age 30, men begin to have a decline in testosterone production, and when a man reaches his mid to late forties or early fifties, he may experience a steep drop in hormonal production. When this occurs, men can begin to notice a series of unwanted changes, such as balding, weight gain, or sexual dysfunction. This dramatic drop in hormones is known as Andropause.
Male hormones are responsible for sexual and reproductive function, metabolic activities, bone density, and emotional health, and when they are not produced in adequate amounts, men may notice they have mood swings that can consist of increased anxiety, depression, anger, or nervousness and that they have put on a ring of body fat around the middle. Workouts may not yield the same results as they used to, and men can notice they have an overall lack of motivation or passion for life. Libido may also decrease, which can have a negative impact on personal relationships, and erectile dysfunction may be another symptom that men experience during this time.
While most men assume these symptoms are all a part of getting older, they are really caused from hormonal deficiencies, which can impact numerous bodily functions. When Andropause sets in and these symptoms occur Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can successfully reduce many of the effects of hormone decline. Some men report that they feel as good as they did in the 20’s and 30’s due to bioidentical hormone supplementation. Bioidentical hormones can greatly improve health and wellness in men experiencing hormone related issues. Bioidentical hormone replacement can produce some of the following benefits:
Hormones affect brain chemistry, and when they are out of balance, moods such as anger, resentment, irritability, anxiety, or nervousness can occur. Hormones also affect the heart, which can cause mood related heart palpitations and anxiety. Balanced hormones can put an end to mood roller coasters.
Reduction of Erectile Dysfunction
Sexual function is directly related to healthy amounts of testosterone, and when it is deficient, erectile dysfunction can occur. Men may notice that they no longer experience involuntary morning erections, and then, they can become unable to become aroused. Bioidentical hormones may help to reduce instances of erectile dysfunction.