What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy has been around for over 70 years and has helped many women and men overcome imbalances related to hormones. Hormones play a role in thousands of functions in the human body, which may include metabolism, reproduction, sexual function, brain detoxification, memory, heart health, and emotional well-being. While hormones can decline at any age because of poor nutrition, excessive stress, or a lack of exercise, they mostly decline due to aging. Usually, hormone related issues begin during the late 30’s, 40’s, or 50’s.
Bioidentical Hormones and Women’s Health
In women, hormone decline may cause the syndromes of perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause is the stage before menopause that lasts from 4-6 years, and during this time, the ovaries begin to produce less estrogen and progesterone. As a result of this, women can experience fatigue, decreased sex drive, irregular periods, lack of motivation, migraines, increased PMS, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, or infertility.
After 12 consecutive months with no period, menopause begins. During menopause, the adrenal glands are ideally supposed to take over the production of estrogen and progesterone because the ovaries have ceased the production of these vital hormones. However, most people have burned out their adrenal glands because of stress or excessive caffeine, and this causes a major hormonal deficit. This lack of hormones can cause women to experience insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, osteoporosis, weight gain, flabby muscles, anxiety, nervousness, anger, or depression.
Bioidentical Hormones For Men
For men, hormones begin to decline during the 30’s and continue to decline at a rate of around 10% each year. By the time a man reaches his 40’s or 50’s, testosterone, which is the primary male sex hormone, takes a steep drop. When testosterone declines, men enter into andropause, which is marked by a series of unpleasant symptoms due to hormonal decline. Men may experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction, lower libido, hair loss on the head, groin, and under the arms, weight gain around the middle, decreased workout performances, insomnia, night sweats, fatigue, irritability, and mood changes.
Bioidentical Hormones are unique because they have an identical chemistry to the hormones that are produced in the human body. For this reason, the body can readily accept the hormones while using them to correct imbalances and carry out necessary functions. Another positive aspect of bio-identical hormones is that they can be customized to fit the individual. Dosages can be adjusted to fit personal needs and imbalances. Because they are identical to the body’s hormones and prescriptions are an exact fit to individual needs, side effects can be greatly reduced or non-existent.
Other benefits of bioidentical hormones for both men & women can include:
- Improved Sleep
- Decreased Hot Flashes or Night Sweats
- Weight Loss
- Increased Muscle Mass
- Improved Sexual Function
- Better Workout Performances
- Higher Libido
- Healthier Emotions
- Thicker Hair
- Lustrous Nails
- Vibrant Skin
- Healthier Heart Function
- Decreased Anxiety
- Increased Sense of Well-being
With over 20 years of experience practicing Bioidentical Hormones, Preventive and Anti-Aging Wellness Medicine in Tucson, Dr. Genifer Y. Chavez’s passion has been to help her patients achieve optimal health, wellness, and beauty by bringing together the latest advancements in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with breakthrough Medical Aesthetics procedures and Anti-Aging therapies.