Hormones are the chemical messengers in your body that control growth, energy levels, sexual function and mood.
Hormones work together and balance each other to make you feel well. When one or more hormones begin to change, they can throw off the entire system and cause hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance can be tested and treated with careful hormone replacement or hormone therapy.
BHT – Bioidentical Hormone Therapy – seeks to restore to the body what is missing in the face of stress or imbalance. As we age, hormone levels naturally decline, leading to various symptoms and a general decrease in the feeling of well-being. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy makes use of hormones that are identical to what the body produces, instead of making use of synthetic medications. Drug companies cannot patent bioidentical hormones, so they synthesize artificial replacements. These commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals function differently from natural hormones and may lead to side effects and decreased potency. There is precedence for bioidentical hormones, as both Insulin and thyroid hormone are commonly-used natural hormones.
By employing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement, normal hormone levels can be quickly achieved in the blood, helping to remedy any problems you may be currently experiencing. Common hormones that are measured include estrogen, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and thyroid. Conditions that we treat include premenstrual syndrome, polycystic ovaries, menopause, andropause, adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. These are conditions that effect both men and women of all ages.
Hormone therapy works by replacing the hormones your body needs to function, and that can help to change the way you feel from day to day. We use the smallest amount possible of bioidentical hormones to lessen symptoms and improve well-being. We follow up your therapy with testing to ensure that you are getting the amount of hormones you need.
To begin, we’ll use salivary and blood testing to measure your hormone levels. Salivary testing is pain-free and easy to do, and it gives us a better picture of what hormones your tissues are seeing. Most of these hormones are steroids and function by being absorbed by cells and used up. If you try to measure them only in blood, you are only seeing what has not been used, which does not give you an accurate picture of what the body is producing. Furthermore, most of the steroid hormones in blood are bound to proteins. These bound hormones are inactive and are the only ones measured in the blood. Hormones measured in saliva directly reflect the amount of free hormones that the salivary glands and other tissues are seeing throughout the body. Used for more than 40 years, salivary testing offers an accurate assessment of basal hormone production.
This will be done at your very first appointment. After filling out a symptom questionnaire, a salivary kit is issued and you will complete your testing at home. When the results are available, a follow up appointment is scheduled to correlate symptoms with measured hormone levels.
Most natural hormones are extracted from plant sources. Since they are not manufactured by drug companies, we depend on compounding pharmacies to secure them. At these facilities, professional pharmacists compound natural hormones in different delivery systems. These compounds are then available by prescription for hormone replacement therapy. Synthetic hormones have many extra components that can increase the risks of certain cancers and blood clots. On the other hand, bioidentical hormones lack these extra components and are as a result, much safer. Just like pharmaceuticals, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement requires the continuation of the same cancer screening procedures (mammograms, pap smears, prostate tests, etc.). Furthermore, hormone therapy utilizes close monitoring of tissue levels. Instead of relying on symptoms, salivary testing allows us to use the smallest possible doses of hormones. We try to use bioidentical hormone cream as much as possible, as this avoids metabolism through the liver.
Treatment is an ongoing process in nearly all cases, but we’ll design a customized plan to meet your individual needs. We will have the Bioidentical hormones you need compounded at a pharmacy. This is probably a life long process and many of these hormones have anti-aging properties.
Our unique testing procedure will help you decide if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement is right for you. Generally speaking, if you have a hormone deficiency and symptoms, you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Men come in saying they feel excessively fatigued, weaker, depressed, and that they have lost their sex drive and muscle mass — all common symptoms of low testosterone or Low T.
Female hormone imbalance symptoms:
Please contact us for a free consultation. We can discuss your symptoms and how our bioidentical hormone therapy program works. Dr Broder, our Bioidentical Hormone doctor or his PA, Maegen Kennedy,can prescribe an individualized treatment plan for you.