Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a type of hormone therapy that uses hormones that are structurally identical to the hormones that our bodies produce. It has been a favorite for both men and women who are going through the aging process. Identifying symptoms of hormone imbalance with a simple blood test is the first step in helping you Get Well and Live Well.
Here at Painted Rock Family Medicine, we are certified providers of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy In Parker. Please fill out our Symptom Checker worksheet to assess if your symptoms may be due to hormone imbalances. This document can be found in the Document Tab above. Please scan the QR code below or visit Evexipel.com to learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance for Both Men & Women
The more common causes of hormonal imbalance tend to produce the following symptoms in both men and women:
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Poor sleep
- Brittle or weak bones
- Irritability and anxiety
- Changes in sensitivity to cold and heat
- Very dry skin or skin rashes
- Long-term fatigue without reason
- Unexplained or excessive sweating
- Brain fog or inability to concentrate
*It’s important you speak with your Certified EvexiPEL Provider to see if your symptoms are indicative of hormone imbalance.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance Specific to Women
- Vaginal dryness
- Night sweats
- Bone loss
- Breast tenderness
- Chronic fatigue
- Hot flashes
- Cold hands and feet
- Low or NO Sex drive
- Mood swings
- Sleep issues
- Thinning or brittle hair
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance Specific to Men
Men with low testosterone may experience symptoms of hormone imbalance. Low testosterone manifest in many ways. Most men believe nothing is wrong as long as they are still able to maintain erections. The flaw in this belief is that the erection is typically the last thing to go. There are so many other functions that are regulated by testosterone’s chemical messages.
- Brain fog
- Changes in mood
- Chronic fatique
- Body fat increase
- ED – Erectile Dysfunction
- Muscle loss
- Lack of concentration
- Sleep issues
What is the cause of hormone imbalance, where does it come from, and are there things you can do to prevent it?
This is an extremely important question to us because part of our integrated approach to pellet BHRT is identifying the root cause of your hormonal imbalance and addressing it.
We believe that dealing with the root issue is the most effective way to treat hormone imbalances, rather than just putting a band-aid on the problem – and we have to say, our results speak for themselves!
There are lots of things that can cause your hormone levels to fluctuate. Some causes of hormone imbalances are specific to men or women, but many can occur in either sex.
1. Men and Women Need Estrogen AND Testosterone.
Commonly, estrogen is thought to be the “female hormone” while testosterone is the “male hormone,” but men and women need both. Both men and women’s bodies produce these hormones, and both are important for overall health.
2. Progesterone Helps Maintain Balance.
Another misconception is that progesterone is only important when dealing with ovulation and pregnancy, but it serves a higher purpose! It helps balance estrogen levels, and if a woman has low progesterone, she will likely experience symptoms of an estrogen hormone imbalance called Estrogen Dominance. Women with Estrogen Dominance suffer fatigue, weight gain, migraines, mood swings, thyroid problems, and many other physical and mental conditions.
3. Our Brain Needs Estrogen.
Estrogen plays a role in many areas of the brain. It helps with the following:
- Motor control
- Protecting against stroke damage and Alzheimer’s
4. Men’s Brains Need Testosterone.
Ok, men, we know you probably skipped over number 3, so we hope you pay attention here! Research has shown that low testosterone is a risk factor for dementia and may also contribute to a decline in brain function. Your brain need testosterone to thrive!
5. Progesterone Wears Many Hats.
Progesterone is a powerful hormone. It is not just estrogen’s sidekick, it also does a lot more. Estrogen provides a calming effect on our brains that can prevent seizures and improve sleep. In addition to the effects on our brains, Estrogen can help build bones, prevent the buildup of plaques in the blood vessels, and can even increase libido.
Testosterone Threshhold Chart for Men
Testosterone Threshhold Chart for Women
When Should You Begin Thinking About Hormone Replacement Therapy?
We generally reserve the conversation around hormones for “older” people, with hormone imbalance in men and women with menopause symptoms age 50. But, the truth is male and female hormones change much earlier and avoiding the discussion and neglecting to take action can end up hurting you in the future. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is something men and women should have solid facts about and even consider at an earlier age to avoid any lasting and serious health effects.
At What Age Should You Start Thinking About BHRT?
There is no one answer. When discussing HRT and treatment options, we must distinguish between the unique needs and overall bodily changes that exist between men and women.
Women – 30s and 40s
Women typically experience menopause around age 50, but hormonal changes occur much earlier in life, around age 30 and 40.
The lack of conversation around hormonal changes has left society with the idea that only “old” women experience hormonal changes. This incorrect notion is dangerous and leaves younger women open to severe and confusing health consequences. Regular acknowledgment and tracking of symptoms (change in sexual desire, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, etc.) as well as routine visits to your healthcare provider can ensure you get started on hormone replacement therapy at the right time.
Women – Perimenopause
All women are different. A good rule of thumb for all women experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance is to consult with a doctor or medical provider for information prior to starting HRT.
Men – Late 20s
Recent research shows that men are experiencing dangerous drops in testosterone at a much earlier age, such as in their late 20s. Men may start to notice the following symptoms at an earlier age:
- Sexual dysfunction
- Low libido
- Increase in body fat
- Low energy levels