Hormone Replacement Therapy
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. 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. The following are some of the hormones that we evaluate and replenish as necessary in women.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have been around since 1929 and work great for a lot of patients. It consists of having a rice pellet of Testosterone and/or Estradiol inserted in the patients hip. The pellets slowly dissolve over 3 to 5 months.
A custom blend of hormones is designed for patient and they rub it on once or twice a day.
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 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 effects include:
Reduction of PMS and menopause symptoms
Helps with polycystic ovarian syndrome
Improves osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, fibrocystic disease
Increases HDL (good) cholesterol (Heart Disease prevention)
Decreased menstrual headache
Protection from uterine cancer
Protection from breast cancer
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:
Reduce cardiovascular disease
Improve mood & well being
Decrease cholesterol and body fat
Improve Autoimmune Disease e.g. FDA approved for lupus
Protect against insulin resistance
Boost immune system
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
Increase exercise tolerance
Enhance well being
Improve bone density
Improve skin tone
Provide cardiovascular protection
Decrease blood pressure
Prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia
Improve insulin sensitivity
Enhance sexual performance
Decrease aches and pains
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 improved stress, balanced mood, memory function, better sleep and less anxiety
Our staff has a lot of experience dealing with Sermorelin and HGH health issues. We can’t wait to have you as a patient and get you feeling younger.