According to recent surveys, somewhere around 2.5 million women are currently undergoing bio-identical hormone therapy. The therapy is becoming more popular because it helps men and women face certain issues as they grow older. The treatment has been used for the reversal of menopause symptoms for 16 years now, and many women are raving about how it has improved the quality of their lives.
Many patients who are undergoing hormonal imbalance symptoms choose to undergo hormone replacement therapy. Symptoms can manifest at the period of time that women are approaching the end of their reproductive years. For men who have reached their 30s, signs can become evident. Hormone levels can also become dysfunctional due to certain environmental factors, reactions to medications, illnesses, and other factors. Even the consumption of certain foods, exposure to household cleansing agents, or other products can contain substances mimicking natural hormones found in the body, leading to hormonal imbalances in both men and women.
Women: Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms
Women who are suffering from a hormonal imbalance may experience certain symptoms similar to the effects of the aging process. Estrogen and progesterone levels can decline rapidly in older women, but symptoms can be greatly alleviated through the use of bio-identical hormone therapy.
Women with a hormonal imbalance can have symptoms like unexplained weight gain, vaginal dryness, lack of libido, reduce muscle mass, increased belly fat, depression, irritability, and anxiety. Other symptoms include difficulty concentrating, hot flashes, disturbed sleep patterns, and digestive issues.
Men: Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms
Like women, men may also experience symptoms of hormonal imbalances as their levels of testosterone decline. Men actually begin experiencing lower levels of testosterone after the age of twenty.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance among men include a reduction of muscle mass, lower libido, belly fat increase, lack of stamina, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and depression and anxiety.
Administration of Bio-Identical Hormones
Bio-identical hormones can be given in a number of ways. At your initial consultation, we can help you determine what treatment method is best for you. You may even be able to try one treatment method or more before finding one that works for you.
Selecting Your Dose
When you are on bio-identical hormone therapy, we will monitor you very closely. Normally, we will adjust your dosage according to your symptoms and needs. The goal is to keep you on the minimum dose needed to meet your goals. In some cases, you may require urine, blood, or saliva test to diagnose your current levels of hormones. We can adjust your dosage depending upon your hormone needs at the time.
If you feel that you would make a good candidate for bio-identical hormone therapy, we invite you to speak with the professionals at Optimal Health & Wellness in Pasadena to get more information. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!