Dr. Tice and our clinical team at Healthy Futures perform a head-to-toe evaluation of each patient. This allows us to apply the proper methodologies to treatments that will lessen the severe causes of pre-or post-menopause. Many of our women patients are interested in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Women can experience hormonal imbalances at any age, but most experience a hormonal decline in their mid to late 30’s or early 40’s.
Causes of Hormonal Decline
A hormonal decline can be caused due to stress, a poor diet, environmental factors, lack of sleep, smoking, 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 produce small amounts of it 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. After several years of perimenopause and not having a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, menopause officially begins.
During menopause, a woman may experience symptoms such as weight gain, reduced libido, mood swings, insomnia, and hot flashes.
Many of the symptoms change and intensify, and new ones can appear. The ovaries have now 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 cannot produce the necessary amounts of hormones.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can provide a wealth of benefits for women suffering from hormone decline. Women do not have to suffer through perimenopause or menopause.
Enjoy Your 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 bio-identical hormones include:
Reduced Hot Flashes or Night Sweats
Many menopausal women suffer from hot flashes and night sweats, which can be caused by reduced estrogen levels. Estrogen helps the hypothalamus to set the body’s temperature, and when deficient, the hypothalamus cannot sustain a regular body temperature. Bio-identical hormone supplementation can reduce temperature fluctuations and relieve hot flashes and night sweats.
Estrogen influences the absorption of calcium, and improper absorption of calcium can cause bones to become porous, lose their density, and become more breakable. Bio-identical hormones can help to keep the bones strong and reduce women’s chances of developing osteoporosis.
Women going through perimenopause or menopause may also experience vaginal dryness, which can be helped with bio-identical hormonal supplementation.
Healthier Emotional Balance
Anger, anxiety, depression, and sadness are all influenced by hormone fluctuation. Hormonal imbalances can affect brain chemistry and lead to mood changes. When hormones are balanced, moods can become more stable.
Many women may not know that during and after menopause, they are more susceptible to health obstacles and serious health risks such as:
- Hot Flashes
- Joint Pain
- Digestive Problems
- Muscle Tension
- Itchy Skin
- Sleep Difficulties
- Hair Loss
- Weight Gain
- Breast Pain
- Heart Disease