The Importance of Hormones to the Body
Our hormones support the daily functions of our entire body. A proper balance of hormones supports our optimal overall wellness and longevity. Hormonal imbalance in women can lead to infertility, painful or irregular menstrual cycles, migraines and a multitude of other troubling symptoms.
As we age our body does not produce the same hormone levels as in our youth, but it is also possible to suffer from an imbalance in hormones at a young age. Hormonal imbalance could be to blame for the following problems:
- Pelvic Pain / Menstrual Pain or discomfort
- Irregular Menstrual Cycles
- Migraine Headaches
- Vaginal Dryness
- Breast Tenderness
- Low Sex Drive
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a simple lab test can determine if you have a hormone imbalance. If an imbalance of hormones is diagnosed, Dr. Skip will prescribe bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to restore your body to hormonal balance.
Absolutely not. So many of the hormone replacement therapies available today are not bio-identical. What does that mean? Simply put, many hormone drugs available today are synthesized using ingredients that do not belong in the human body. This is why you will find lengthy disclaimers around hormone replacement that include the risk of cancer and a long laundry list of side effects. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is exactly what it sounds like. When properly prescribed and monitored by a health care professional, the use of BHRT is not only safe, but extremely effective with superb results. Please consult your physician before implementing any hormone replacement therapy.
With everything in life there is an optimal balance and hormones are no different. It is important for anyone who is considering hormone replacement therapy that your levels be monitored. Too much of any particular hormone can actually increase painful periods, night sweats, cysts and vaginal dryness so that proper balance is crucial. Estrogen and Progesterone work in harmony with each other and often need to be given in concert. A decent rule of thumb however, is that Estrogen should rarely be given without a balance of Progesterone, but there are several reasons that Progesterone can be given on its own. It is critically important that hormone levels continue to be monitored for the duration of BHRT. Dr. Skip, O.M.D., can provides this monitoring, if you desire, to ensure your continued safety and wellness.