Men and Women experiencing a diminished "zeal for life," along with symptoms like low energy, sleep disturbances, hair loss, reduced libido, hot flashes, and mood swings, may find relief through Hormone Replacement Therapy. Hormone imbalance can significantly affect quality of life and relationships, but Bioidentical Hormone Therapy stands out as a particularly effective solution, offering remarkable benefits!
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WHAT IS HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy involves utilizing hormones to address and restore the balance of hormones within the human body. Hormone imbalances, often associated with aging, can manifest in various symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, anxiety, weight gain, muscle loss, joint pain, and disrupted sleep. At FMI Center for Optimal Health, our practitioners specialize in providing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, seamlessly integrated with functional medicine practices, to help patients not only alleviate the adverse effects of hormone imbalances but also enhance overall well-being as they age. Each treatment plan is meticulously tailored to align with individual medical histories, health statuses, and lifestyle preferences.
BIODENTICAL VS. SYNTHETIC HORMONE THERAPY
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) utilizes hormones derived from natural sources, precisely compounded to mirror the structural composition of hormones found in the human body. In contrast, synthetic hormones, often sourced from animals and blended with chemicals, resemble human hormones but lack an exact structural match. The molecular compatibility of bioidentical hormones allows them to seamlessly interact with human hormone receptors, ensuring the safety and efficacy of the treatment. Synthetic hormones, however, possess only a similar molecular structure, leading to difficulties in recognition by the body, resulting in side effects and suboptimal outcomes. While past research predominantly focused on synthetic hormones, the effectiveness of bioidentical hormone therapy has gained recognition, prompting researchers to shift their attention. Bioidentical hormones are celebrated as a natural therapy option, demonstrating efficacy in disease prevention and alleviating discomfort associated with aging. Contrary to earlier beliefs stemming from studies like the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), which initially raised concerns about hormone therapy safety, subsequent reviews have uncovered flaws in methodologies. This has prompted medical organizations, experts, and communities to reassess policies against hormone therapy use. Presently, hormone replacement therapy is acknowledged for its numerous benefits and is considered a prime treatment option for hormone imbalance and disease prevention. Recent research has further associated bioidentical hormone therapy with improved outcomes, showcasing fewer side effects and enhanced benefits for patients.
VARIETIES OF HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Individuals grappling with conditions and symptoms associated with hormone imbalance, such as menopause, andropause (commonly known as low testosterone in men), erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, sleep difficulties, weight challenges, muscle discomfort, and mood swings, can find relief through natural hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormone therapy offers a range of delivery methods tailored to address the specific needs of each individual.
THYROID HORMONE THERAPY
Approximately 12% of the U.S. population contends with thyroid dysfunction, yet a staggering 60 percent remain undiagnosed. This often results from the vague nature of symptoms, which can mimic stress, aging, depression, or anxiety. Untreated thyroid dysfunction poses risks to overall health and can exacerbate conditions like diabetes or heart disease. If you experience persistent fatigue, sleep troubles, weight gain, depression, anxiety, or mood swings, a hormonal imbalance related to your thyroid might be the cause. The thyroid significantly influences nearly every cell in the body, making dysfunction a substantial concern.The positive news is that thyroid hormone imbalances can be addressed. However, the treatment must commence with precise lab testing encompassing all hormones influencing thyroid function, including thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T3, T4, reverse T3, and cortisol. Comprehensive evaluation throughout the treatment process allows practitioners to accurately assess thyroid function and track progress.
ESTROGEN HORMONE THERAPY
As women age, estrogen levels decline, particularly around middle age. Reduced estrogen levels are linked to uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, low libido, weight gain, and mood swings. Although these symptoms are commonly associated with perimenopause and menopause, low estrogen can manifest before middle age. Women experiencing symptoms of low estrogen should seek evaluation by an expert capable of carefully analyzing lab results. Providers versed in hormone balance understand the crucial distinction between "normal" and optimal hormone levels. Low estrogen can impact overall health and contribute to discomfort, making estrogen pellet therapy a viable solution. EvexiPEL estrogen pellet therapy, a bioidentical hormone therapy option, is known for its effectiveness and requires advanced-level training for all EvexiPEL-certified providers.
TESTOSTERONE HORMONE THERAPY
While testosterone is often perceived as the male hormone, both men and women require it for optimal health. Testosterone plays a crucial role in sexual health, brain function, and weight management for both genders. With declining testosterone levels as individuals age, symptoms like lack of focus, brain fog, low libido, muscle loss, and weight gain may arise. Testosterone therapy identifies and restores hormone levels to an optimal state, alleviating symptoms and enhancing overall health. This therapy also supports a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack. Available as injections, creams, and pellets, testosterone pellet therapy stands out as the most effective form of testosterone therapy.
METHODS OF HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY DELIVERY
When hormone replacement therapy becomes necessary, various delivery methods cater to individual needs. Options include pills, patches, creams, gels, injections, or pellets. Consulting with a hormone therapy doctor helps determine the most effective method aligned with lifestyle choices.
Dating back to the 1930s, pellet therapy is among the oldest forms of hormone therapy. Technological advancements have elevated pellet therapy to the most effective delivery method, favored by both patients and providers. Pellet therapy, available for estradiol and testosterone hormone replacement, involves compounding the hormone into a tiny pellet inserted into the upper layer of the skin. Beyond the convenience of not requiring daily administration, this delivery method closely mirrors the natural dosing structure and bioavailability found within the ovaries or testicles. Tailored to meet individual needs, pellet therapy ensures optimal hormone levels aligned with nature's intent.
CREAMS AND GELS
Topical forms of hormone replacement therapy, such as creams, are available for cyclical progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen therapies. Custom-compounded creams or gels are applied as directed by the physician to specific areas of the body, depending on the hormone type. While creams and gels offer certain advantages, transference-related risks to others, such as a partner, family members, or pets, may occur after application.
Patches provide a convenient delivery method, avoiding dosing errors. Commonly used for estrogen therapy, a patch, akin to a bandaid, adheres to the skin, delivering the prescribed hormone dose until replacement.Visible patches and the risk of detachment may dissuade some patients from choosing this method.
A familiar form of hormone therapy, pills are compounded to the prescribed dose and ingested at specified intervals, similar to other oral medications. While well-studied, oral hormone therapy, especially for estrogen and testosterone, presents higher-risk side effects. It is often prescribed for thyroid disorders and cyclical progesterone therapy.
Commonly used for testosterone or estrogen therapy, hormone replacement therapy injections come in two types: intra-muscular and subcutaneous.
These injections deliver hormones deep into muscle tissue, facilitating rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
Penetrating just beneath the skin's surface, subcutaneous injections result in a slower absorption rate.Compared to pellets, injections may be less preferable due to associated pain and the intensity of hormone delivery following administration. Pellets offer a more stable, steady dose, reducing side effects throughout the dosing cycle.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS YOU NEED HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
Men and women who feel they may have lost their “zeal for life,” or frequently experience low energy, sleepless nights, hair loss, low or no desire for sex, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability and more are candidates for hormone replacement therapy.Hormone imbalance is often an unfortunate side effect of aging that can diminish your quality of life and impact relationships. Bioidentical hormone therapy has been shown to be particularly effective for both women and men with few side effects and added benefits, such as reduced risk of disease.
HORMONE IMBALANCE SYMPTOMS CAN AFFECT ANYONE
The more common causes of hormonal balance tend to produce the following symptoms in both men and women:The list of symptoms goes on and on, which is why it’s important you speak with your trusted medical provider to see if your symptoms are indicative of hormonal imbalance.
HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY FOR MEN
Hormone imbalance in men can occur at any age and is as common among men as it is among women. Men who choose to pursue male hormone replacement therapy experience a number of benefits, including improved strength and muscle mass, healthier sex drive and performance, more energy, better sleep, and better weight management.
SYMPTOMS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE IN MEN
Men may experience low levels of any number of hormones, but low testosterone is the most common. Testosterone production naturally reduces in men as they age, making it difficult to enjoy the benefits of natural testosterone later in life.
Conditions and symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include:
Gynecomastia (Man Boobs)
Night Sweats in Men
Lower Sex Drive
Impaired Sexual Performance
Lack of Focus
HORMONE PELLET THERAPY FOR WOMEN
Hormone replacement pellet therapy is recognized as one of the most effective hormone therapy options. A number of studies have reported on the safety and efficacy of hormone replacement therapy.
Pellets are inserted under the skin near the hip or buttocks area during a routine appointment with your provider. After insertion, the pellet releases a steady dose of hormone(s) over 3 to 5 months depending on your activity and stress level–much like your natural hormones. This feature avoids the peaks and valleys commonly associated with other hormone replacement therapy delivery methods. Plus, you do not have to remember to take a pill each day or risk transference like you do with creams or gels.
Women who choose hormone pellet therapy report an improvement in symptoms within a few weeks of beginning the treatment. Within a few months, most women report an improvement in other areas of their health an well-being, including better moods, more energy and an increased sex drive.
FMI Center for Optimal Health exclusively offers patients EvexiPEL pellet therapy, the superior form of pellet therapy known for its high quality ingredients and effective outcomes. EvexiPEL is compounded at one of the leading compounding pharmacies in the country. For women seeking relief from uncomfortable symptoms of hormone imbalance and the benefits of a healthier, higher quality of life–EvexiPEL is the best choice.
IS HORMONE THERAPY EFFECTIVE?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been proven effective for the treatment of hormone imbalance related to conditions such as andropause (low testosterone in men), menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysmorphic disorder (PMDD), and thyroid dysfunction. HRT has also been shown to effectively reduce or eliminate symptoms of aging such as: