Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy treats a number of conditions that can arise due to hormonal imbalances. Many people notice that after supplementing bio-identical hormones conditions greatly reduce or completely disappear.
Some of the conditions that can improve in women include:
A lack of important hormones can cause imbalances in the immune system, which can create numerous issues. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes soreness in the body and pain in certain musculature. Hormones can balance the immune system and reduce heightened pain receptors in the body, which may reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
These days, women are having babies later than ever before, and in women, aging can cause ovarian hormones such as estrogen and progesterone to decline, which can lead to reduced follicles in the ovaries. Fewer follicles reduce the chances of fertility, and women may have difficulty conceiving. In younger women, hormone imbalances may disrupt the menstrual cycle to create infertility.
A series of hormones are needed for women to ovulate each month, which allows them to have normal menstrual cycles and remain fertile. When hormones fall out of balance, women may experience no ovulation, which renders them unable to conceive. Balancing hormones may allow ovulation to return to normal and allow women to regain fertility.
Cystitis is chronic inflammation of the bladder, and with this condition, women may feel that they have a constant need to urinate, burning urination, or may experience nighttime urination, which can interrupt sleep. Cystitis can make a woman feel like she has a chronic bladder infection, and while no harmful bacteria may be present the bladder can still feel irritated. Hormonal imbalances brought on with stress or aging can lead to chronic cystitis.
When hormones fall out of balances, the estrogen to progesterone ratio may become disproportionate, which can lead to estrogen dominance. Because estrogen promotes tissue growth and progesterone inhibits it, excessive estrogen levels can lead to an increase in the growth of uterine tissue. This excessive tissue can cause uterine fibroids, which cause excessive menstrual bleeding and pain.
Many women may experience hormone imbalances during their reproductive years, which may lead to increased severity of PMS. Before the menstrual period begins, women may experience cramping, breast tenderness, headaches, fatigue, food cravings, moodiness, or acne. Balancing hormones can reduce the harshness of PMS and improve overall health and wellness.
Fluctuations or imbalances in estrogen and progesterone can cause menstrual periods to come early, late, or not at all. Increased amounts of menstrual symptoms may also occur, and PMS may be abnormally painful. Fertility may also be affected over time if imbalances are not corrected. Other issues that may occur include dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, heavy periods, irregular periods, infertility, bloating, food cravings, and cramping.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can be caused from an excessive production of of male hormones in the female body. PCOS is characterized by small, fluid filled sacs forming on the ovaries and causing many imbalances. BHRT may be able to help with some of the symptoms related to PCOS, which can include depression, ovarian cysts, acne, hair loss, body hair, amenorrhea, and infertility.
Perimenopause is the time before menopause, and during this stage, the ovaries begin to make fewer sex hormones in preparation for the cessation of reproduction. This stage may last from 4-6 years, and most women begin perimenopause in the early to mid-forties. However, each woman is different and may experience it earlier or later. Perimenopause can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms that are related to hormone decline. Some of the symptoms that are caused by hormone imbalances during perimenopause include fatigue, acne, irregular periods, bloating, increased PMS symptoms, weight gain, migraines, mood changes, amenorrhea, and infertility.
Menopause symptoms are usually in full affect after 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. During menopause, the ovaries are no longer making adequate amounts of estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands have taken over the majority of the body’s hormone production. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy offers treatments for menopause, and the goal of the treatment is to achieve an increased quality of life. Some of the symptoms that may occur during menopause include anxiety, fatigue, hot flashes, depression, night sweats, low libido, vaginal dryness, irritability, and thinning bones.
Some of the conditions that can be improved with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in men include:
As men begin to age, hormones decline, and the decrease in sex hormones is the primary reason for age-related health problems. Testosterone is the primary male hormone, and most young, healthy men produce between 4-10mg of testosterone each day. Starting in the 30’s, testosterone production begins to reduce by 10% each decade, and when a man reaches his 40’s or 50’s, testosterone takes a steep drop. This decline in testosterone causes the syndrome known as andropause.
Andropause is the male version of menopause, and it occurs when male hormones become insufficient to sustain some of the body’s activities. A man experiencing andropause may notice that workouts are not as effective as they once were, and on average, most men lose 12-15 pounds of muscle mass with hormone decline. Testosterone helps to build muscle, and because of its role in forming red blood cells, it helps to speed up regeneration and reduce recovery time. Men going through andropause may also notice an extra layer of fat accumulation around the middle, and this is because the decreased muscle mass will have slowed down metabolism and caused fat to accumulate in replacement of lean muscle. Other symptoms that are a part of andropause may include higher blood pressure, thinning hair, muscle atrophy, poor workout performances, mood swings, heart disease, low libido, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and a poor memory.
Sexual Dysfunction can begin as early as a man’s 30’s; however, when a man hits his 40’s or 50’s, it can become even more of an issue. A significant amount of symptoms may occur as a result of testosterone decline, and because testosterone controls sex and reproduction, the ability to reproduce or function sexually, may become problematic. Symptoms of testosterone decline may cause some of the sexual and reproductive issues that may include low libido, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.
Low Sperm Count
A low sperm count may occur when a lack of testosterone causes the testicles to produce less than the normal amount of sperm. Reduced sperm can make it difficult to conceive, which can lead to fertility issues. Replenishing testosterone and other important male hormones can help sperm to return to healthy levels.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help with these syndromes and their related symptoms. Dr. Clairborne has helped many men going through hormone decline to rejuvenate their bodies and regain their vitality.