Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones for Women
Lubbock Menopause Specialist Juan Fitz, M.D, understands that hormones play many fundamental roles in women’s bodies. These powerful chemicals affect everything from our moods and weight to our sexual health and reproductive capabilities. But for being so powerful, they are also somewhat fickle. Our hormones are affected by numerous factors such as how much sleep we get, our diet, exercise and stress.
While it is normal to experience fluctuations in hormone production, women are at particular risk for some hormone-related conditions such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, PCOS and fibromyalgia. Those risks combined with the natural stages of perimenopause and menopause demonstrate how important a healthy and responsive endocrine system is to your health. Dr. Fitz uses Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to treat women experiencing imbalanced hormones in Lubbock and the surrounding Northwest Texas area.
Natural menopause is a condition that every healthy woman will experience as she reaches middle age, typically between the ages of 35-59. It is a natural, gradual process that occurs when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle.
Menopause symptoms can vary wildly from woman to woman, but may include night sweats and/or cold flashes, irritability, mood swings, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, fatigue, anxiety, skin changes, sleep issues, weight gain, depression, and more.
Perimenopause is the word that describes the time when a woman’s body transitions from her fertile, child-bearing years into middle age. During this natural transition, the body undergoes biologic changes resulting from declining ovarian hormone production.
Like menopause, the symptoms of perimeopause can vary, but may include irregular menstrual periods, hot flashes, insomnia, and many others. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to balance and replenish hormones and help women to combat the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.
A Natural Solution for Hormone Imbalance in Lubbock, TX
Our bodies are generally very good at regulating themselves, even during tough times. However, when hormone imbalances and changes are severe enough to cause symptoms that interfere with your daily life, it’s important to know that there are treatment options available. You don’t have to suffer the ill-effects of hormone imbalance simply because you’ve reached a certain age, or you have a medical issue.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a natural treatment option that can help regulate your hormone levels and bring your life back into balance. If your body isn’t producing enough of a particular hormone or if it needs more of one hormone to counteract the effects of another, BHRT is a way to supplement the body with natural hormones. These hormones are derived from sources such as soy or yams, and they are chemically identical to those produced by your own body.
Below is a list of some of the most important hormones at work in your body. This list is not comprehensive, and only scratches the surface of the important roles of these hormones. If you believe you’re experiencing an imbalance or decline in these or any other hormone, Dr. Fitz specializes in women’s health can help get you on the path to wellness.
Often called the primary female sex hormone, estrogen is produced in the ovaries and is essential for sexual and reproductive health. In addition to its sexual function, estrogen is also responsible for bone health, cholesterol metabolism and regulating body weight.
Playing an essential role in reproductive function and maintaining pregnancy, adequate progesterone levels are needed for regular menstruation and healthy pregnancies. Progesterone also helps to stabilize moods, regulate sleep, promote healthy sex drive and fight inflammation.
DHEA is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands that is the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. DHEA levels typically peak in a woman’s 20’s and slowly decline thereafter. Normal DHEA decline is regular and expected, but conditions that cause unusual or unexpected drops in DHEA can cause imbalances in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
Known as the “stress hormone” cortisol is released during stressful situations to increase heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, respiration and muscle tension. It can also limit digestion and reproduction. Low cortisol can also lead to primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison disease.
Often familiar to those struggling with insomnia, melatonin is a hormone that helps us relax and regulates our sleeping and waking cycles. Because sleep is so crucial to our well being, disturbances in sleep can lead to stress, increased cortisol and a downward spiral of other symptoms.
Many people regard testosterone as the male hormone, but that simplistic view ignores the fact that testosterone is a vital hormone for women as well, only in lesser amounts. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining an active sex drive, along with regulating mood, weight and muscle mass.
Find the Help You Need at Bella Derme Medical Aesthetics
The hormones listed above are all crucial for regular health and wellness in our daily lives. Minor imbalances and disruptions are normal and expected, but significant drops can cause severe symptoms, and may be signs of other serious conditions.
If you believe you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance, call Dr. Juan Fitz at Bella Derme Medical Aesthetics. He will thoroughly review your medical history to determine whether Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Bioidentical Hormones are available in many forms, including patches, creams and pills, so there is a custom solution waiting for you