We’ve all heard of menopause symptoms; that dreaded time of life for women when they feel like something or someone else has taken over our bodies. As early as their 30’s, women can experience mood swings, fatigue, mental fog, depression, weight gain, night sweats and low libido. Do any of these sound familiar? Mental fog decreased mental clarity and difficulty focusing, memory loss, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, hot flashes, extreme fatigue (especially in the afternoon), just to name a few! What about middle age belly fat? Low testosterone increases cortisol and insulin levels, which increases fat and the risk of type 2 diabetes!
Further, for women, countless studies show testosterone protects the breasts from cancer. Breast cancer tissue can have both estrogen and insulin receptors, bio-identical testosterone has been shown to down-regulate estrogen receptors in the breasts and decrease insulin levels. The more we study this vital hormone, the more we learn it protects the brain, breasts, bones, heart and decreases the risk of a host of age-related disease states! This is where hormone replacement therapy comes into play.
Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) keeps your levels in the optimal range 24/7. That is where we see the long-term health benefits stated above. Methods that put your hormones on a roller coaster by taking something every day or a shot every week, although sometimes better than nothing, don’t give us the benefit of balanced hormones 24 hours a day. Additionally, complete thyroid panels and vitamin D3 levels should be checked as there is a synergy between them all. Again, “normal” reference ranges may not be optimal for you.
Our doctors specialize in women’s health and have studied in depth the Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.