Benefits of Bioidentical Hormones
Timothy Hipskind, M.D. has helped both men and women to greatly benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the Greater St. Louis are. As aging and stress occur, the body’s capability to produce an adequate amount of important hormones begins to decline, which can lead to hormonal imbalances and deficiencies. Because hormones control a wide number of important bodily functions, a deficiency can lead to several uncomfortable symptoms that are usually associated with aging. Some of these symptoms may include thinning bones, mental fogginess, fatigue, weight gain, hot flashes, anxiety, night sweats, depression, low libido, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men and women to reduce or eliminate the many symptoms of aging and hormone decline and improve their overall health.
Bioidentical hormones are identical in chemical and molecular structure to the hormones produced in the human body, and for this reason, the body can easily accept and use them. They are usually produced from soy or yam products, unlike other hormone therapies that are taken from animal waste. Because bioidentical hormones are identical to the body’s hormones, the body cannot tell the difference between its own hormones and bioidentical hormones, which can help to reduce the chances of men and women developing side effects. Other forms of hormone replacement therapy may use hormones that are not recognized by the body, which can lead to side effects that include weight gain, water retention, breast tenderness, mood changes, fibroids, endometriosis, and breast or uterine cancer. However, with the help of a St. Louis Bioidentical Hormone Therapy specialist, many women and men can enjoy the benefits of replenished hormones without the threat of dangerous side effects.
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
- Improved prostate health
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved mood and outlook
- Increased focus and concentration
- More strength and energy
- Improved well being
- Greater libido
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better quality of sleep
- Improved muscle mass
Menopause and Perimenopause in Women
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, meaning a full year has passed since her last menstrual cycle. Multiple studies have documented the amazing results that estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) has on women. Not only do they feel better, but are healthier too. Estrogen remarkably improves the day to day quality of life by making them feel more youthful and re-energized.
Bioidentical ERT in women gives them:
- better muscle tone
- fewer wrinkles
- shinier hair
- enjoyable and satisfying sex life
Estrogen users stand taller and straighter by preventing the inevitable bone loss and “hump” seen in osteoporosis. Estrogen users have half the risk of heart disease and stroke when compared to those who don’t use estrogen. ERT decreases the risk of Alzheimers and senility.
Estrogen deficiency can also cause the following:
- urogenital atrophy
- urinary incontinence
- hot flashes
- night sweats
- sagging skin
- sagging breasts
- increased skin wrinkles
- mood swings
- decreased libido
- osteoporotic fractures
Menopause treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and on preventing or lessening chronic conditions that may occur with aging.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy using Estrogen therapy remains, by far, the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. Depending on your personal and family medical history, your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief for you.
Conditions Treated with BHRT for Women
- Urinary Incontinence
- Vaginal Dryness
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Hormone Therapy for Men
As men age, their testosterone levels steadily decline once they hit 30 and then dramatically drop in their 40’s and 50’s. Growing older is hard enough for men without having to needlessly suffer from declines in testosterone hormone levels. The declines in hormones, for men, are not as sharp and sudden as a women’s decline during menopause. They may not feel drastic physical changes but rather small dips in their energy level, stamina, mental function, and sense of well being among other things.
When men think of diminished testosterone levels, they do not usually relate this to decreased enjoyment of life; however, men may notice a decline in their competitive drive or decreased enthusiasm for things previously enjoyed.
Andropause is the period in a man’s life that is marked by a drop in the levels of the male hormone, testosterone. Normally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, andropause is slow, steady reduction in testosterone levels.
Testosterone, historically has always been know as the “male sex hormone”. However, Testosterone has also been shown to be linked to healthier, happy live in both men and women.
As Testosterone levels decline with age there are multiple health problems associated with this decline. Among these are:
- increases in heart disease
- aggressive forms of prostate cancer
- central body fat
- degenerative joint disease
- erectile dysfunction
- decreases in bone density
- muscle mass
- sexual performance
- mood and sense of well being
The earlier BHRT is started, the better the chance of preventing pathology. If pathology is present, our goal is to minimize progression.
Conditions Treated with HRT for Men
- Enlarged Prostate
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Low Sperm Count
- Low Testosterone
Why should you use Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. In well known medical journals, researchers have reported that the bioidentical hormones, estrogen and testosterone, are not only safe but also have a positive impact on some diseases like osteoporosis and prostate cancer.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be subscribed in various forms including gels, creams, patches, injections and pellets.
If you want to live your life to its fullest – mentally, physically, and emotionally – you now have the chance to do so.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is also helpful for women who are struggling with menopausal symptoms and men who are dealing with conditions relating to low testosterone. If you know there is more to life than feeling tired, overweight, and moody, you owe it to yourself to find out more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.