As you age, your body’s production of hormones gradually declines. For some men and women, this natural process is not a problem, but for others, their quality of life is severely affected. If you are experiencing mood swings, decreased libido, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hot flashes or weight gain, you may want to consider bioidentical hormone therapy.
Bioidentical hormones have been successfully used by men and women for decades. To learn more about how this safe and effective approach to wellness can help you live life to its fullest – mentally, physically and emotionally – please contact True Balance Longevity Institute today. We have locations in Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and St. Albert.
On this page, you will find valuable information related to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, including:
- What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
- Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
- BHRT Treatment Options at True Balance Longevity Institute
- The BHRT Process at True Balance Longevity Institute
- Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Women
- Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Men
- Contact True Balance Longevity Institute Today
Hormones are special chemicals produced by glands in your body. They act as messengers that tell different parts of your body when and how to work. Hormones control nearly every task your body performs, including mental and sexual function, growth and processing nutrition. Hormones work in pairs and when they fall out of balance, problems can occur.
Today, when you visit your family doctor to address a problem, that doctor is likely to give you a medication to treat your specific symptoms. You then stay on that medication to control your symptoms for the rest of your life. As our understanding of the molecular basis of life and health has improved, we know why these symptoms and diseases are created and we can start to tailor therapy for the actual cause of the symptom rather than just the symptom itself.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), as well as the entire field of functional and regenerative medicine, focuses on treating the cause of symptoms and the patient as a whole, not just the individual symptoms.
With bioidentical hormones, your tailored dose is made specifically for your needs at a special compounding pharmacy. Working with our bioidentical hormone specialists, compounding pharmacies are able to customize the components and change the dosage amounts of particular hormones within your prescription. This method provides greater flexibility for adjustments and is better tolerated than the one-size-fits-all synthetic hormones available at generic pharmacies.
As we age, the hormones that made us feel great in our twenties and thirties diminish and grow out of balance. When hormones become unbalanced, you may develop symptoms such as anxiety, poor sleep, low sex drive, weight gain and more.
Bioidentical hormone therapy involves the practice of evaluating hormone levels and imbalances and replacing them with hormones that are identical on a molecular basis to human hormones. Synthetic hormones, on the other hand, are by nature not human-identical. Synthetic hormones must be modified to get a patent, and it is this modification that have created significant complications with prolonged use.
Fundamentally, bioidentical hormone therapy is safer and every bit as effective as conventional synthetic hormone replacement therapy. The benefits of this advanced approach include:
- Increased focus and concentration
- Improved outlook and mood
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved prostate health
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved muscle mass
- Better quality of sleep
- Greater libido
- More energy and strength
- Improved well-being
- Weight gain
- Increased body fat
- Muscle loss or weakness
Commonly known by its acronym, BHRT, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a completely customized treatment that is tailored specifically to your unique needs and physical composition.
At True Balance Longevity Institute, we offer BHRT treatment to correct imbalances in hormones such as:
- Estrogen: The term “estrogen” refers to all of the chemically similar hormones that play an important role in reproductive development, mainly in women. These hormones include estrone, estradiol and estriol. By injecting a bio-identical form of these hormones, Dr. Brown can treat a variety of menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and hot flashes. These injections can also help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and coronary artery disease while improving your overall physiological well-being.
- Progesterone: Used to help balance the effects of estrogen, progesterone helps to restore libido, deter weight gain, relieve hormone-related mood swings and protect against conditions such as osteoporosis.
- Dehydroepiadosterone (DHEA): Often referred to as DHEA, dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands. It plays a significant role in increasing sexual arousal, insulin sensitivity, bone density, mental and physical capacity and helps to protect against many age-related illnesses. DHEA can also reduce the risk of heart attack by improving the lining of coronary arteries.
- Pregnenolone: Your body uses pregnenolone, for a number of purposes. As a supplement, it can be used to diminish arthritis inflammation, reduce stress and improve memory as well as your overall mood.
- Thyroid: As you age, your thyroid levels will naturally decrease. This results in lower metabolism and body temperature which can in turn lead to feelings of fatigue and depression. Hormone replacement therapy can effectively counteract these symptoms.
- Testosterone: Levels of testosterone, the hormone found in both men and women that is responsible for libido, muscle mass and energy levels, naturally decreases with age. Restoring this hormone to proper levels can lead to a healthier sex drive increased muscle mass, higher energy levels and better mental focus.
When seeking a healthier, happier and more balanced life, you deserve a doctor who takes a comprehensive approach to your therapy. At True Balance Longevity Institute, we strive to treat the patient, not just the symptoms.
Step 1 – Getting Started
Getting started with your individualized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is as easy as picking up the phone. After contacting True Balance Longevity Institute, we will send you a blood requisition form by email or fax (or you can visit our office to pick up a form in person). Your blood work can be completed at your nearest Dynalife lab or other lab close to you. We recommend that this work be completed at least six weeks prior to your first visit with us.
Step 2 – Your First Visit
Once your bloodwork has been collected, your next step in the BHRT process will be to contact our office to schedule your initial visit. Your first visit should be scheduled approximately six weeks after your bloodwork has been done.
During your first visit to the True Balance Longevity Institute, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire which focuses on your symptoms and concerns. You will meet personally with a BHRT specialist and discuss the conditions you are experiencing and learn more about how we can help.
Step 3 – Treatment
If your comprehensive evaluation indicates that you would benefit from BHRT treatment, a customized treatment plan will be prescribed based on your medical history, symptoms, goals and laboratory test results. Your personalized plan may include a variety of paths with which to reach your ultimate goal of a balanced lifestyle in critical areas such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management. Your plan may involve BHRT treatment in addition to other therapies, such as injectable aesthetic treatments that help you address the outward signs of aging.
Upon the conclusion of your initial visit and the development of your treatment plan, our office will fax your prescription directly to one of our trusted compounding pharmacies. Unlike generic drug store pharmacies, only special compounding pharmacies can provide the expertise needed to safely and accurately manufacture your BHRT hormone prescriptions. It may take a number of days for the pharmacy to formulate your individualized medication.
Step 4 – Follow-Up Treatment Plan
The identification and prescription of appropriate hormones and supplements at proper levels requires close supervision and ongoing monitoring of your treatment. Approximately eight weeks after you’ve begun your new treatment, you will have your blood rechecked and we will compare your pre and post-treatment hormone levels. If appropriate, we will make adjustments to your prescription to optimize your treatment plan.
We then recommend another follow-up visit about four weeks after your initial follow-up to review your blood work, therapy progress and symptom scores to ensure your therapy is advancing appropriately. Following this return visit, checkups are typically just once a year unless recommended otherwise by your BHRT specialist.
Hormonal imbalances can affect women as early as their thirties or as late as their fifties. You may have begun to notice that you feel more tired than usual and it may be increasingly difficult to have enough energy to get through the day. Many seemingly trivial mishaps, such as misplacing your keys or leaving your coffee on the roof of the car, could be signs of diminishing memory or stress linked to declining hormone levels.
Estrogen levels can drop significantly as a result of stress or aging. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining feminine features and contributes to breast fullness, strong nails, lustrous hair and collagen production, which keeps skin youthful and elastic. As important as estrogen is, there is also a risk of it becoming too dominant. When estrogen is too abundant, it increases a woman’s risk for uterine and breast cancer.
Progesterone controls the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and birth. In many ways, progesterone promotes opposite functions from estrogen, providing balance. For example, while estrogen influences fat retention, progesterone helps to reduce weight and water retention. The ability to ovulate and have healthy periods is dependent on an adequate supply of progesterone. It also prevents the production of excessive tissue, and when balanced with estrogen, progesterone can reduce a woman’s risk of developing fibroids, uterine or breast cancer.
Keeping estrogen and progesterone balanced can help women prevent health issues and reduce symptoms of disorders that revolve around hormonal imbalances. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help women to correct imbalances resulting from deficient hormones. Some of the problems that our bioidentical hormone specialists can help with include:
- Weight loss resistance
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Topping the list above, menopause alone can produce a number of unwanted symptoms that can be effectively addressed by BHRT treatment. Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Mood swings
- Foggy memory
- Irregular periods
- Hair loss or thinning
- Sleep disorders
- Weight gain
- Aching muscles, tendons and joints
- Digestive problems, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain and nausea
- Gum problems
- High blood pressure
If you are experiencing hormonal imbalances, you may likely feel that the changes occurring in your body are simply the inevitable effects of aging and there is nothing that can be done about it. Fortunately, advances in modern medicine can provide relief to many of these unwanted symptoms. You don’t have to trudge through life feeling lousy.
Hormone levels drop in men as they age, but the decline is typically more gradual than that of women. However, by their late forties or fifties, most men experience a drastic drop in hormonal production. Testosterone is the primary male hormone. During puberty, testosterone helps men develop facial and body hair, stronger muscles and a deeper voice. Testosterone also helps men maintain energy, muscle mass and libido. Another important male hormone is DHEA. It serves as a building block for testosterone and tends to rapidly reduce as men begin to age. DHEA helps men regulate blood sugar, reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels and improve muscle mass. A loss of DHEA can diminish your body’s ability to produce testosterone and function in a healthy way.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can address many syndromes associated with hormonal decline, such as:
- Prostate issues
- Abdominal weight gain
- Adrenal fatigue
- Chronic fatigue
Andropause is the male menopause. It typically occurs around the mid forties or fifties although some men notice their testosterone levels drop in their thirties. Andropause symptoms include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased libido
- Muscle loss
- Weight gain
- Sleep problems
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Memory loss
- Hair loss
- Urinary problems
In addition to BHRT treatment for men, we also offer a full suite of men’s services to help you address aesthetic concerns such as aging skin and unwanted hair.
You deserve to live a happy and healthy life. The BHRT specialists at True Balance Longevity Institute can help you fight the uncomfortable effects of hormonal imbalance.
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