Common signs that your hormones
are shifting and how can BHRT help
Produced by the brain, the thyroid gland, adrenals and reproductive organs, hormones are the “chemical messengers” of the body, regulating human growth, age-related developmental characteristics, metabolism, mental health and emotional responses.
Hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone also play vital roles in facilitating cell-to-organ messaging, stabilizing sleep patterns, managing stress and supporting immune system functioning.
Due to illness, disease, menopause or “andropause”, hormone production may decrease significantly enough to cause physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms that severely interfere with your health and quality of life.
Symptoms of Progesterone and Estrogen Imbalance
Estrogen is actually a group of hormones (steroid compounds) produced by ovarian follicles, the placenta and corpus luteum (what remains of the follicle after ovulation).
Another hormone called luteinizing hormone stimulates estrogen production in the ovaries.
In addition, the mammary glands, liver, and adrenal glands generate lesser amounts of estrogen during post-menopause. Estrogen is also created by fat cells, which research suggests may contribute to overweight or underweight women having difficulty conceiving.1
In women approaching menopause, progesterone remains important to nervous system, cardiovascular and breast health. Especially beneficial to the brain, progesterone helps strengthen peripheral nervous system, spinal cord, and brain cell health and promotes repair of the brain following injury.2
Signs you may be suffering estrogen and progesterone imbalance, or deficiency include:
- Severe hot flashes/night sweats
- Dry, flaky skin
- Recurring tension headaches
- Memory lapses/”fuzzy” thinking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heart palpitations
- Weight gain not due to dietary changes
- Joint aches and pains
- Low libido
Symptoms of Testosterone and DHT Imbalance and Deficiency
Essential for muscle mass, strength, sperm production, determining fat dispersal throughout the body and bone density, testosterone is an anabolic steroid present in both males and females but more predominately in males.
The Leydig cells manufacture testosterone within the testes while female ovaries release small amounts of testosterone into the female bloodstream. Testosterone is also needed to produce DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone contributing to prostate health and hair growth in men. In both males and females, testosterone also boosts metabolism and synthesis of cellular protein.3
Testosterone also influences the release of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter governing mood, sleep, appetite, and libido. Having stable, healthy amounts of testosterone in the bloodstream also helps reduce cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, increase muscle mass, raise energy levels and burn body fat more efficiently.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) chemically resembles testosterone because testosterone interacts with the 5-alpha reductase enzyme to produce DHT. As the most androgenic hormone of all hormones, DHT is needed for embryonic sexual differentiation as well as the appearance of male secondary sexual characteristics, such as the growth of pubic hair, voice change, sebaceous gland activation and sexual functioning. More importantly, DHT influences muscle strength, aids in preventing water retention and encourages fat oxidation.
Signs men may be suffering an imbalance or deficiency of testosterone and DHT include:
- Depression/anxiety/mood swings
- Lack of energy/fatigue
- Decreased libido
- Increased fat storage/loss of lean muscle/rapid weight gain
- Joint achiness
- Memory problems/difficulty focusing on tasks
- Lowered immunity to infections
- Hair loss/thinning hair 4
How Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Restores Health and Well-being During Menopause and “Andropause”
After age 40, the male and female endocrine system begins undergoing drastic changes as it prepares for menopause and “Andropause” or andropause. As levels of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and DHT steadily fall, symptoms of hormone imbalance and deficiency gradually start affecting your health and quality of life.
One way to reduce severity of physical, mental and emotional issues caused by hormonal imbalances and deficiencies is to avoid eating foods containing excessive sugar, saturated fats and cholesterol. Maintaining a weight proportionate with your height is also recommended since obesity exacerbates many health problems attributed to menopause and andropause.
Staying active and exercising at least 20 to 30 minutes every day has been proven to significantly lessen the impact of hormone fluctuations characterizing pre-menopause, menopause and andropause.5
Made from phytochemicals extracted from soy and yams, bio-identical hormones are molecularly identical to the hormones produced by the body. In contrast to mass produced replacement hormones synthesized in laboratories, bio-identical hormones are easily metabolized by the body, restoring hormonal balance without producing side effects common to synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
BHRT also allows the endocrine system to regain its ability to function naturally. Applicable to men and women of all ages who suffer adverse signs of hormone problems, BHRT replaces lost estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone via injection, capsules or under-the-skin, time-released insertions.
At our clinic, Renew Health and Wellness, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy programs are individualized systems created to replace hormones with natural agents biologically identical to hormones produced by the endocrine system.
Our clients will receive a complete evaluation, consultation with a doctor specializing in BHRT, comprehensive blood panel and hormone lab work and progress consultations throughout treatment.
Contact us today for more information about the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.