Do you suffer from:
✓ Hot flashes
✓ Night Sweats
✓ Difficulty falling or staying asleep
✓ Decreased Effectiveness of Workouts
✓ Low energy
✓ Increase in Abdominal Fat
✓ Low energy
✓ Reduced sexual desire
✓ Difficulty reaching orgasm
✓ Loss of muscle mass, decreased strength, and increase in body fat
✓ Foggy Thinking/Poor Memory
✓ Diffuse Hair Loss
If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, there is a good chance you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
Did you know that because of life expectancy, women are estimated to spend an astounding third of their lifetime in menopause, one of the most dramatic and disruptive hormonal events? Countless women suffer needlessly for years, justifying their unpleasant menopausal symptoms—from hot flashes to irritability—as a natural and inevitable part of life. That just isn’t so!
BIOIDENTICAL VS SYNTHETIC HORMONES
Natural, biologically identical hormones are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones. Because of this, they produce the same responses and are processed by the body in the same way it processes natural hormones. Synthetic hormones are just like they sound. They are synthetic – NOT NATURAL! As you can see in the illustration above, the chemical compounds are not of the same structure. Because of this, toxic by-products are produced, that could lead to serious health problems.
A Look at Bioidentical Hormones.
Many recent studies have shown that bio-identical hormone therapy specifically may even decrease the risk of heart disease and breast cancer—the very diseases that synthetic hormones have been shown to cause an increased risk.
Both the 2008 Breast Cancer Research and Treatment study and the 2005 International Journal of Cancer study referenced above also found that women using estrogen combined with bio-identical progesterone showed no increased risk of breast cancer, as opposed to those using synthetic progestin. Both studies also found a trend toward a reduced risk of breast cancer overall for women using bio-identical hormones compared to women who had never used any hormone therapy at all. When we hear the phrase “BHRT” we think of compounding pharmacies that mix up various combinations of the three hormones listed above. The benefits of using bioidentical hormones come in the form of customization. Dosages can be tweaked and can include different hormones to achieve different goals.
Benefits of Bioidentical Estrogen
Most women start estrogen therapy to reduce hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and urinary symptoms. But the major benefits lie in the reduction of cardiovascular and neurological decline.
Estrogen lowers blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and reduces the risk of heart disease. It prevents bone loss. It reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Dz. and increases blood flow to the brain. Memory and concentration are improved.
Estrogen improves weight loss and body composition by increasing insulin sensitivity, metabolic rate, and by maintaining muscle. Estrogen also improves the collagen and water content in the skin (responsible for thickness and smoothness)- decreasing wrinkles.
Hormone deficiencies contribute to an inflammatory state, so when hormones are replaced and balanced, inflammation is decreased. Finally, breast cancer rates are no higher in women using bioidentical estrogen and progesterone as hormone replacement.
Benefits of Bioidentical Progesterone
Progesterone helps balance estrogen and has a natural calming and antidepressant effect. It is a natural diuretic and stimulates the production of new bone. It helps the body eliminate fat, helps with sleep, lowers cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure. Progesterone enhances the action of thyroid hormones, it increases scalp hair, sex drive, is anti-inflammatory, and is neuroprotective. Because of the balancing effects of progesterone and its protective effect on breast tissue, postmenopausal women who have had a hysterectomy and are on estrogen therapy should also receive this hormone.
Benefits of Bioidentical Testosterone
is vital to the health and well-being of BOTH men and women. In women, testosterone is produced in both the ovaries and the adrenal glands. So, in those women who have had their ovaries removed, they are especially in need of testosterone. Testosterone not only improves sex drive and energy, it improves mood, memory, and cognitive function. It improves body composition, by increasing muscle, decreasing fat, and improving bone density. Testosterone also decreases inflammation and improves insulin sensitivity. Testosterone enhances the quality of life for both men and women, making adequate tissue levels very important in both sexes.
BHRT Supplementation at Dr. Scott’s
- Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone can all be delivered as a cream. Creams offer the greatest flexibility for dosing. This is a great method of delivery for those just beginning hormone replacement therapy.
- For those having issues with insomnia, oral progesterone is considered best, since one of its metabolites promotes sleep.
- Pellet therapy is a very popular way of giving testosterone and estrogen. It combines a low dose of key hormones with a delivery system that functions similar to the human body. Small dissolvable pellets (about the size of a grain of rice) are inserted underneath the skin, into the fatty tissue. This is usually done in the buttock in women. This is an in-office procedure, usually taking less than ten minutes and requires no stitches. It releases hormones directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the GI tract and liver. When properly administered, pellet implants provide the hormone release needed for proper blood levels 24/7, over a period of 3-4 months.
- Because oral estrogen can increase clotting factors and inflammation and oral testosterone has been shown to be detrimental to the liver, we don’t recommend these hormones be given orally.
To have successful outcomes, patients must realize that wellness is a process that involves their active participation and follow-through. We appreciate it also takes a financial commitment on your part, as do most worthwhile endeavors. We are cognizant of this and make every effort to be a good steward of your money. Because of this, know if Dr. Scott orders a test, or makes a recommendation, you can be confident, it is for a good reason.