Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
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 many methods (oral medications, weekly shots) improve your hormone status but also result in a roller coaster effect as the levels rise and fall each day. Hormonal pellets give you a steady release of hormones without this roller coaster effect. BioTe is a form of hormone therapy that is FDA monitored and is retrieved from naturally occurring sources of estrogen and testosterone; this creates what is known as “bio-identical” hormones. These hormones mimic the body’s natural hormones and thus do not have the side-effects and risks of traditional synthetic hormones.
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.