Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormones
Omaha Nebraska Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Denise Pollard, ARNP at Restore You understands that hormonal imbalance causes widespread problems in both genders that can seriously diminish their quality of life. Below are a few of the conditions that can be treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Conditions Treated for BOTH Men and Women…
Hormones are used by the body to regulate critical activities, including digestion, growth, energy supply, and reproduction. They also help to regulate appetite, mood, and libido. Unfortunately, when hormonal imbalances occur, it can lead to a chain reaction of health problems. Restoring the hormonal balance within the body can improve the body’s overall function and restore health.
Bioidentical Hormones are designed to chemically and biologically match the hormones in the human body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses hormones that are an exact chemical match to the hormones already found in your body. For over 80 years, Bioidentical Hormones have been used successfully, and these hormones are used today to treat many medical conditions.
A few of the conditions that may be treated successfully with BHRT include:
Symptoms of Menopause
Menopause results in the decline of ovarian function in women. This reduces the body’s reserves of progesterone and estrogen, which are both essential for many areas of mental, sexual, and physical health. Some of the common symptoms women experience during menopause include mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, night sweats, sexual dysfunction, and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be used to supplement the body with progesterone and estrogen, helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Symptoms of Andropause
After men turn forty, testosterone levels begin to decline naturally. As testosterone declines, men often notice a reduction in libido, reduced muscle tone, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, and erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, men often feel like they have lost their virility, which often results in self-consciousness and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may prove helpful for men dealing with androgen imbalances. By supplement testosterone, men can regain libido and improve muscle tone, which offers many mental and quality of life benefits.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Hormonal Headaches, and Mood Swings
Throughout the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, and as hormone levels fluctuate, some women deal with hormonal headaches, mood swings, and other symptoms. In extreme cases, bioidentical hormonal supplements may prove helpful, reducing some of the symptoms that women deal with during hormonal fluctuations.
Your adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol in response to stress, exercise, excitement, and low blood sugar. As you age, your body has a harder time balancing your cortisol levels. This can cause unrelenting fatigue, anxiety, sexual problems, and a wide range of other symptoms due to cortisol imbalance in your adrenal glands. Hormone restoration through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help speed up sluggish adrenal glands and provide you with more energy.
By the time men reach age 70, they may have only 10 percent of the testosterone hormone they had at age 25. This explains why many men begin experiencing symptoms associated with low testosterone around age 40. Andropause is a term that describes the many physical and emotional changes that occur due to the imbalance of hormones. Testosterone replacement is essential to help you experience long-term symptom relief.
Anxiety and Depression
Low levels of testosterone cause an overall feeling of discontent in some men, which is the hallmark characteristic of hypogonadism. Balanced levels of this hormone are so essential that men with hypogonadism receive a diagnosis of clinical depression 400 times more often than men with normal hormone levels do. If you feel hopeless, low on energy, and irritable, ask Omaha, Nebraska Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Denise Pollard, ARNP of Restore You to check your testosterone level. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help balance your hormones and improve your outlook on life.
When fatigue is chronic, you lack the energy to focus or keep up with everyday responsibilities. Declining levels of testosterone are often to blame for this problem. Chronic fatigue is also worsened by other symptoms of andropause, including night sweats, insomnia, sleep apnea, increased stress, and irritability. It’s important to note that all-day fatigue is different than feeling tired. Fortunately, balancing your testosterone and other hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy helps to improve fatigue and all of its associated symptoms.
You have erectile dysfunction when you can’t get an erection at all or maintain one long enough for satisfying sexual activity. A diminished level of testosterone is the typical cause. This also happens when the brain fails to signal the release of nitrous oxide, which is responsible for blood flow to the penis. Too much of the stress hormone cortisol also plays a role in erectile dysfunction. Balancing testosterone and cortisol with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can eliminate or improve this problem.
Because testosterone normally replenishes itself while you are sleeping, struggling with insomnia lowers your testosterone production. This causes a vicious cycle because low testosterone levels cause many sleep disturbances, including insomnia and sleep apnea. While difficulty falling or staying asleep and decreased testosterone production are both normal signs of aging, you don’t have to allow them to affect your quality of life. Providing your body the testosterone it needs through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can greatly improve restful sleep.
The desire to have sex less often and erectile dysfunction are often related, but it’s possible to have one without the other. Testosterone stimulates the nerves in the brain to become sexually aroused, so this sensation naturally diminishes as you age. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and a poor diet are additional reasons your libido may be low. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, therapy with bioidentical hormones helps to improve your sexual desire and functioning.
Low testosterone, which your doctor may also refer to as male menopause, hypogonadism, or andropause, is the term used to describe the multitude of symptoms many men experience as they approach middle age. Your testosterone production actually starts declining one percent every year at age 30. Sexual dysfunction, mood problems, weight gain, and low energy are common problems associated with low testosterone that are correctable with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Low thyroid levels in men can cause cold intolerance, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, dry skin, and constipation; as many as one in seven men struggle with hypothyroidism. When the thyroid produces an excess of hormones, hyperthyroidism is the result. This condition has many additional symptoms, including muscle weakness, trembling hands, insomnia, and heart palpitations.
If you’re experiencing one of these medical problems, or if you find yourself feeling exhausted most of the time, irritable, moody, or struggling with weight, your hormones may be to blame. Hormone imbalance could be the root cause of your symptoms or conditions making you a viable candidate for Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Good health and well-being requires effort, so make the phone call today to Omaha Nebraska Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Specialist, Denise Pollard of Restore You in and learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can treat your specific condition(s).