Why Hormone Optimization?
As both men and women age, they can experience a litany of symptoms that make them exclaim that it is terrible to get old. But what if you could slow the ravages of aging? By measuring your hormone levels you have the information needed to discuss your options on how to age well.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses custom-compounded creams, capsules or pellets derived from plant sources that contain specific doses of testosterone, estrogen and/or progesterone. These hormones are bioidentical to those already present in the body and work to gently restore hormones to optimal levels.
The Importance of Hormone Balance
For men and women, the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone perform many important processes. Both men and women begin to produce less of these hormones as they age, which can start as early as someone’s mid 20s or early 30s. Most women see a significant drop in estrogen and testosterone during menopause, while many men may experience a similar phenomenon relating to testosterone, known as andropause. Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Hormones are important for regulating most major bodily processes and because of their essential role in the body, even the smallest hormonal imbalance can cause unpleasant side effects.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms for Women:
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes or flushes
- Decreased sex drive
- Weight gain
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings
- Low mood
- Brain Fog
- Discomfort during intercourse
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms for Men:
- Low sex drive
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Mood changes
- Brain fog
- Elevated blood sugar
- High cholesterol
What Type Of Hormone Replacement Therapy Is Right For You?
Both males and females may choose to start their hormone replacement with topical creams and or oral capsules or sub-lingual troches. As with all hormone replacement therapy the dosing is based on the patients’ measured levels of testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. If applicable, patients can choose to utilize pellet therapy. The pellets are placed subcutaneously in the upper glut/buttocks and release a continuous stream of hormones as the body needs them. Once inserted, the pellets dissolve slowly, so that they only need to be re-administered every 4-6 months depending on the patient.
At Wildwood Integrative Healthcare, we are a Certified Provider of the BioTE® Method of hormone optimization therapy. We offer patient-centric strategies to optimize hormones and extend health spans for both women and men.
Getting started with hormone optimization is easy. Give us a call at 636-489-2000 to schedule a consultation to discuss your symptoms and health goals and schedule a lab draw. We will walk you through hormone optimization and help you determine what is right for you.
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