Female Hormone Replacement
Live your best life.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is all about optimal health and vitality as we age. A common conception is that hormone replacement is interfering with nature. In part, this is true. We are designed to mature, reproduce, and then steadily decline. We have, however, been given the knowledge and tools to slow the process of degeneration. We eat healthy, exercise, use sunscreen, take supplements and wear our seatbelts all for the same purpose; to live our best lives for as long as possible.
There is a continuous symphony of processes in our body that work in a harmonious way. Our bodies, however, change as we age. Additionally, we are being constantly bombarded by stressors that alter this balance in our systems. The environment, our diet, relationships – they all have a stressful impact on our health. Hormones are a vital part of keeping our systems functioning at their best. Bioidentical hormone replacement can restore lost libido and energy in our 40s, eliminate debilitating hot flashes and brain fog and reduce unwanted weight gain that comes with menopause, or simply protect our heart and bones as the years pass.
Benefits of proper hormone balance
- Improved Mood
- Increased Energy and Vitality
- Increased Libido
- Improved Sleep
- Cardiovascular Protection
- Bone Protection
- Lower Cholesterol
- Better Body Composition
- Improved Mental Clarity
- Better Immune System Function
- Decreased Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
At Ageless Rx we use only bioidentical hormones meaning hormones that are identical on a molecular level with the hormones our bodies naturally produce. We use safe and best practice hormone protocols backed by medical literature to replace and optimize our patients’ hormones using only customized compounded bioidentical hormones. We use combinations of hormone creams, capsules, sublingual lozenges and pellets based on patient preference and lifestyle.
The following are some of the hormones that we evaluate and replenish as necessary in women. (Possibly put these in a clean dropdown or something similar so that the Hormone names are listed, but if patients do not want to read more about them, the information is not cluttering the page and they can get back to the basic information)
Estrogen is predominately a female hormone produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. The female body produces three types of estrogen. Estradiol is the most abundant during the reproductive years. Estrone becomes the most prominent in untreated menopause. Estriol is the byproduct of the other two and has the weakest estrogenic effect. In addition to the cosmetic benefits – stronger hair, smoother skin, and improved muscle tone, estrogen has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and colon cancer. Additionally, there is protection and/or reduction of stroke, cholesterol, Alzheimer‘s disease, menopause symptoms, memory loss, genital tract atrophy and depression. When dosed correctly and properly balanced with Progesterone, Bioidentical Estrogen replacement is extremely safe.
Progesterone gets its name from being the hormone of pregnancy (Pro gestational-hormone). Progesterone is secreted by the corpus luteum in the ovary following ovulation and hence is predominately in the second half of the menstrual cycle in menstruating females. There are receptor sites in the uterus, breast, vagina, blood vessels and brain. One of its primary roles outside of pregnancy is to maintain balance with estrogen. When women reach their 40s, progesterone typically is the first hormone to become deficient because ovulation is occurring less and less frequently. This is what some term estrogen dominance, but truly it is progesterone deficiency. Progesterone’s primary effects include: Improved sleep, mood, and libido, breast and uterine cancer protection, and reduced bloating.
Testosterone, while less talked about in women, is extremely important. In women, testosterone is produced by the adrenal glands and ovaries. This hormone goes beyond controlling sex drive to give the body true vitality. We have seen from medical studies that optimal testosterone can: increase lean muscle mass, endurance, libido, and energy, improve mood and sleep, and decrease aches and pains.
DHEA is a hormone secreted by nerve tissue and the adrenal glands. It is an endocrine precursor to other hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen). This is one of our stress hormones and is a backup to the cortisol production in our bodies. DHEA levels fall with age but maintaining an optimal level helps: immune system function, mood, and libido.
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone synthesized from cholesterol and naturally found in the brain, gonads, and adrenal glands. It is the precursor to DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Pregnenolone is an imperative “brain-supporting” hormone that often decreases with age, leading to memory decline, mood changes, stress and anxiety. Replenishing Pregnenolone levels can lead to reduced stress, balanced mood, memory function, better sleep and less anxiety.
Are you tired of not being in control of your weight, feeling impatient and moody, living with hot flashes and night sweats, and having low libido? Call Ageless Rx today for a consultation to see if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you!
What to expect
– The first visit will include an appointment with our hormone specialist to discuss your symptoms and goals. Following the visit, a thorough bloodwork panel is drawn. Because we take a holistic approach to your hormones, we check any labs necessary to ensure our treatment plan is optimizing your overall health.
– Lab reviews are scheduled 7-10 days following the blood draw at which time at treatment plan will be discussed and initiated as appropriate.
Before your visit
– Please bring a list of names and doses for all prescription medications and supplements, especially if you are currently prescribed hormones
– If you are currently on hormone replacement, please schedule your appointment/blood draw for 4-9 hours after application/intake of your hormones
– Please be up to date on your recommended GYN screening and annual breast screening test such as a mammogram or thermogram. We are happy to discuss this further at your first visit if you have any questions or concerns.