Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy for Women
Are you experiencing fatigue or difficulty sleeping at night? Are you experiencing reduced mental focus and memory? Do you want to resolve your moodiness, anxiety or depression? Are you menopausal and experiencing hot flashes or night sweats? Have you noticed weight gain around your belly or inability to lose weight regardless of healthy diet and exercise? Is reduced sexual desire and performance putting a strain on you or your relationship?
Hormone regulation is not just for women after menopause, even younger women in their 30s experience mood swings, fatigue, mental fog, and low libido, among other symptoms. Low testosterone increases cortisol and insulin levels which increase fat, especially around the belly and your risk of diabetes! Many studies show that testosterone protects the breasts from cancer, and breast cancer affects 1 out of 8 women. The more we study about testosterone, the more we learn about its protection of the breasts, brain, heart and bones.
There are many methods to achieve hormone replacement however there are many methods and there is not just one method that is right for every person. After a consultation and a discussion of your medical history, your lab values, lifestyle, and desires I will make a recommendation regarding the method that will be right for you. The methods that I prescribe include transdermal (via creams/gels or a patch), oral, and even hormone pellets. Bioidentical hormones mimic the body’s natural hormones and thus may not have the side-effects of traditional counterparts. There are several FDA approved bioidentical options that can be used opposed to FDA approved synthetic options. Unfortunately, Testosterone is not FDA approved for women in any form, however this can be used off-label.
When you schedule a consultation, Dr. Jill will review your hormone symptoms questionnaire and find out which symptoms most bother you. Blood tests will be performed to understand your hormone values as well as a complete thyroid panel and Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12 levels. There is a synergy between all of these levels. Again, “normal” or average lab values may not be optimal for you. The hormone levels will be used to calculate the hormone dosage that is right for you. Depending on your hormone and vitamin levels, a number of vitamin supplements may also be recommended to you to augment your therapy.
Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy for Men
Men experience the effects of low levels of Testosterone which significantly affects quality of life. A few simple blood tests can evaluate your testosterone level as well as levels of other hormones that negatively impact your Testosterone level. After a consultation and evaluation of your symptoms and desires we can send blood work from our office. When you follow up to discuss the results you will be able to get Testosterone replacement that day if you are a candidate.