Hormone Replacement Therapy Corrects Hormone ImbalancesTherapy for Men and Women

Conventional hormone replacement therapy uses synthetic hormones that are foreign to our body. As practitioners of natural medicine, we treat patients with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (also known as natural hormone replacement therapy), which means the hormones come from plants and are the same as the ones your body produces. These plant-based products match the chemical structure of human hormones and produce all the same results in the body. Both men and women benefit from natural hormone replacement therapy, which provides the missing “ingredients” the body needs to restore balance and provides relief from the problems associated with hormone imbalances.

Starting a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Program

When starting a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy program under the care of your naturopathic doctor, it is important to understand both how we treat you and what you can expect. The good news is that natural hormone replacement therapy typically has fewer side effects than synthetic hormone replacement therapy, so while you may have tried conventional treatment before, this experience with balancing all your natural hormones may be better. Another advantage is that bioidentical hormones are capable of bringing about all the normal functions hormones are responsible for, while synthetics can only perform a few of them.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is highly individualized, which means we consider each patient’s needs, life experiences and genetic background–plus hormone level testing may be required–in order to create a customized treatment program. The course of treatment that works well for one individual may not be the right one for another person. In addition, a variety of natural hormones may need to be used in order to find the right fit to effectively achieve optimal balance.

Doctors who provide conventional hormone replacement therapy have a limited number of Prescription choices to offer that may or may not work. These options also have side effects and dangers, such as triggering heart disease, blood clots, and cancer.  With bioidentical hormone therapy, we determine the hormone types and amounts you need and create a custom “mixture” for you.

It is a customized and natural approach, so there may be minimal symptoms initially, but because we have the ability to adapt the bioidentical hormone mixture, most patients can expect relief from symptoms within the first few weeks to a few months.

Treating Health Concerns with Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Many signs and symptoms can indicate a possible hormone problem, some of which are often considered typical things that happen as you get older. However, in many cases they can occur at a very young age, be too intense or occur unnecessarily.

Symptoms and concerns that may benefit from natural hormone replacement therapy for both men and women include:

  • Depression and mood changes such as low motivation, anxiety, reduced drive, irritability, emotional stability, or anger
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporotic-related height loss, disability, pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Incontinence
  • Bladder or vaginal infections
  • Decreased sex drive (libido) and function

Women may also benefit from natural hormone replacement therapy if they experience the following symptoms:

  • No menstrual periods or missed menstrual periods
  • Spotting or excessive bleeding
  • Fibroids and/ or ovarian cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful periods or excess menstrual periods
  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Vaginal infections
  • Experiencing pain or extreme dryness during sexual intercourse
  • Pre-menstrual disorder or syndrome (PMS)

If any of these symptoms are compromising your quality of life, bioidentical hormone therapy may be a treatment option for you.

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