Hormonal imbalances can have a variety of different sources. Insulin resistance, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia can result in hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalances can have a large impact on your general health, well-being, and quality of life, but bioidentical hormones can help. 20 Something Anti-Aging Center in Orlando, Florida offers a variety of treatments to ensure you have the best quality of life.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical Hormones Orlando is man-made hormones that are derived from plant estrogens. These extracted hormones are chemically identical to the hormones that the human body naturally produces.
These plant-based hormones are thought to be safer than the hormones used in traditional hormone replacement therapy due to their natural qualities and identical makeup to the hormones that are found in the human body. In contrast, traditional hormone replacement therapy is often made from the urine of pregnant horses and other synthetic hormones.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
In Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Orlando, the bioidentical hormones are introduced to the body in order to help stabilize the body’s hormone levels. The body cannot tell the difference between the plant-derived hormones and the ones the body naturally produces which allows new hormones to help balance the body’s hormone levels.
What Are the Different Methods of Delivery for This Treatment?
There are several different ways of introducing bioidentical hormones to the body. Pills, patches, creams, gels, injections, rings, and implanted pellets where a pellet is inserted into the body to slowly metabolize over time.
How Can Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Help You?
Over the course of someone’s life, their hormone levels are likely to change. This shift is particularly common in the years surrounding menopause for women, as the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body may fluctuate. This treatment can also help with managing symptoms for a variety of other conditions like anxiety, depression, adrenal disorders, thyroid disorders, insulin resistance, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.
It Can Help Resolve Difficulties With Falling or Staying Asleep
An imbalance in hormones can result in difficulties with falling or staying asleep. Progesterone helps soothe the nervous system and lessen anxiety, but it often declines with age and increasing stress levels, which can result in sleepless nights. The balance in estrogen and progesterone in the body can be thrown off during perimenopause and menopause, but this balance can be improved through introducing bioidentical hormones.
It Can Help Minimize Fatigue
Fatigue is a constant and limiting tiredness that can be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, sore muscles, slow reflexes, impaired decision-making abilities, and moodiness. Similar to having difficulties with falling or staying asleep, fatigue can be caused by low progesterone levels and an imbalance between the levels of progesterone and estrogen. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help normalize and balance the levels of progesterone and estrogen in the body which can reduce fatigue.
It Can Help Regulate Abnormal Weight Gain
Abnormal weight gain has a variety of potential causes including diabetes, low thyroid function, other endocrine gland disorders, perimenopause, menopause, water retention due to dehydration or excess salt, medications, kidney problems, depression, stress, anxiety, or a lack of sleep, and it’s often accompanied by fatigue and muscle weakness.
Hormones and weight gain are closely related as imbalanced hormone levels can result in abnormal weight gain. Too much cortisol or a lack of progesterone, testosterone, or estrogen can result in weight gain. Fat cells have a store of estrogen so, when the estrogen levels diminish, the body converts more calories into fat in order to increase estrogen production while diminishing progesterone levels result in an increase in water retention and bloating.
Lowered testosterone results in a loss of muscle mass, lower metabolism, and weight gain. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy introduces progesterone and estrogen to the body which can help restore the body’s hormonal balance and reduce abnormal weight gain.
It Can Help With Vaginal Dryness
The introduction of these hormones can help combat vaginal dryness as falling estrogen levels are the main cause of vaginal dryness. Breastfeeding, cigarette smoking, depression, excessive stress, immune system disorders, childbirth, rigorous exercise, some cancer treatments, certain medications, and the surgical removal of the ovaries can also result in vaginal dryness.
Fortunately, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help relieve this uncomfortable condition. Since lower estrogen levels are one of the main causes of vaginal dryness, and these hormones use estrogen and progesterone from plants, this treatment can be effective at treating vaginal dryness, which can result in less discomfort, better sex, and a higher libido. Creams and rings can directly release estrogen to the tissues, but pills or other forms of medication may be used if there are other issues that can be treated by bioidentical hormones.
It Can Help With Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are unpleasant. That sudden and intense feeling of warmth which can sometimes be accompanied by a red, flushed face and sweating is inconvenient and potentially embarrassing. It is also the most common symptom of menopause.
It’s thought that estrogen helps regulate the body temperature because the declining levels of estrogen (which often accompany menopause) impact the hypothalamus. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes through providing the body with more estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones that the body often lacks during perimenopause and menopause.
It Can Help Increase a Declining Libido
Hormone replacement therapy can help increase declining libido. Libidos may decline for a variety of reasons, from the effects of prescription medications to too little (or too much exercise), alcohol use, drug use, depression, stress, and problems in the relationship. But sometimes the decrease in libido may be due to hormones.
In increasing a declining libido by introducing more estrogen into the body, this treatment may result in more satisfying sex. One reason for lower libido in a woman is having high progesterone levels and comparatively low levels of estrogen. This imbalance diminishes the sex drive, so the introduction of more estrogen through Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help address the imbalance and result in a higher libido.
It Can Help With Anxiety and Depression
A significant imbalance in the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine can result in anxiety and depression as an imbalance in these neurotransmitters negatively impacts emotions and attitudes. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone help produce these neurotransmitters, so an imbalance in these three hormones can result in an imbalance in the three neurotransmitters and anxiety and/or depression.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help restore the balance of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormones which will then help restore the balance in the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine to reduce anxiety and depression.
It Can Help People Suffering From Adrenal and Thyroid Disorders
Adrenal disorders occur when glands make too much or not enough hormones, while thyroid disorders involve dysfunctions in the thyroid gland. Since this treatment introduces hormones derived from plants, it can help resolve some hormonal imbalances that may be caused by adrenal or thyroid disorders.
It Can Help People Suffering From Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance results in an increase in blood sugar because the glucose can’t enter the body’s cells as easily, which forces the glucose to build in the blood. The excess glucose in the blood can result in problems with the cardiovascular system, the kidney, and small blood vessels throughout the body, which can lead to more serious problems like heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation.
Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone can all help decrease insulin resistance, so Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help people suffering from insulin resistance through increasing and balancing the levels of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone in the body.
It Can Help People Suffering From Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues, and people with fibromyalgia often have low hormone levels, which can throw off the body’s equilibrium. The cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but it occurs most often in perimenopausal and menopausal women, and many of the symptoms are parallel to the symptoms that accompany hormone deficiencies.
While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, this treatment can help manage and reduce some of the symptoms associated with the disorder. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help restore hormone levels, which will help relieve deficiencies that result in some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, like chronic pain, fatigue, inflammation, sleep problems, and memory problems.
It Can Help People Suffering From Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease where the density and quality of bones are reduced. In the remodeling process of bones, bone cells dissolve bone matrix, while new bone cells deposit osteoid. People who suffer from osteoporosis have a slower growth of new bone which the bone loss outpaces. The bones will become more porous, more brittle, and more fragile which greatly increases the risk of fractures.
There’s a strong relationship between bone health, hormones, and osteoporosis, particularly during puberty, perimenopause, and postmenopause. Hormonal replacement therapy has been shown to prevent bone loss, reduce fractures in postmenopausal women, and improve osteoporosis in double-blind randomized controlled trials, as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy reduces the effect of a hormonal decline and helps people maintain bone.
Who Should Consider This Treatment?
For many women going through menopause, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help manage symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, pain during sex, vaginal dryness, and fatigue. It can also help people suffering from osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, insulin resistance, adrenal and thyroid disorders, anxiety, and depression.
People looking for relief from these conditions should consult with a professional to determine if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy will be beneficial in treating and managing their condition and their symptoms.
Who Should Not Consider This Treatment?
While hormone replacement therapy can help many people, there are some people who should not receive this treatment. If you think that you are pregnant, have problems with vaginal bleeding, have had a stroke or heart attack, have had blood clots, have had liver disease, or have had certain kinds of cancers, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may not be the right solution for you. It’s best to consult with a professional to discuss your individual situation and possible treatments.
If you would like to find out more about bioidentical hormones, contact our 20 Something Anti-Aging Center in Orlando, Florida to schedule a consultation! Our team of professionals will be happy to speak to you about the benefits of bioidentical hormone restoration/replacement therapy and other anti-aging treatments so you can age gracefully and begin your transformative journey to looking and feeling twenty-something again.