Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs in New York are individualized to rebalance important hormones that are needed to keep the body functioning at optimal levels. Because hormones control a number of functions in the body, multiple symptoms can occur when they become imbalanced. Usually, hormones become imbalanced with aging or because of poor lifestyle choices.
Andropause is the phase that signifies male testosterone decline, which can begin as early as a man’s 30’s, and it continues to steadily decline until it drops drastically during a man’s 50’s. The testicles are responsible for secreting testosterone, and during andropause, they stop producing adequate amounts of testosterone. When the testicles begin to slow their production of testosterone, men can experience lower libido, erectile dysfunction, muscle atrophy, decreased athletic performance, hair loss, abdominal fat, and mood swings.
Perimenopause is the phase that occurs before menopause, which can last from 4-6 years, and it begins when the ovaries begin to produce lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. This lower production of estrogen and progesterone can cause a number of health issues. During this time, many women notice irregular periods, acne, headaches, insomnia, lower libido, anxiety, heavier periods, and increased PMS.
Menopause usually occurs during a woman’s mid to late forties, and it officially begins after 12 consecutive months of no menstrual period. During this time, a woman’s ovaries close down reproduction and stop making adequate amounts of estrogen and progesterone. This lack of hormone production can cause a variety of symptoms, which includes vaginal dryness, fatigue, low libido, mood changes, hot flashes, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Men and women going through hormone decline may notice that they are gaining weight, despite healthy eating and exercise habits. While progesterone and estrogen are usually to blame for weight loss difficulties, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can supplement the deficient hormones to help promote weight loss. Other factors that cause weight gain may include a lack of exercise, thyroid issues, and poor nutrition. Balanced hormones, healthy meals, regular exercise, and a healthy digestive tract can all increase the benefits of BHRT and increase weight loss.
When the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone, many diseases and disorders can develop. The thyroid gland affects a number of metabolic functions and it regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins. Hypothyroidism may occur when the thyroid hormone is deficient for an extended period of time, and symptoms such as depression, weight gain, muscle loss, hair loss, dry skin, joint inflammation, heavy periods, and dry skin can occur.
Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism, and it occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. Because the thyroid gland also plays a role in sexual function, muscle and nerve action, digestion, and energy, people with excessive thyroid hormone can experience interferences in these functions. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism may have symptoms of excessive bowel movements, hair loss, fatigue, lethargy, rapid weight loss, heart palpitations, and unexplained itching.
Adrenal fatigue is most commonly caused by stress because the adrenal glands are the parts of the body that are affected the most when a person feels stress. When a person is stressed, the body releases cortisol in order to counteract the effects, and the need for cortisol can cause the adrenal glands to use sex hormones to make cortisol. This can cause sex hormones to become deficient and exhaust the adrenal glands. When the adrenal glands are fatigued, a person may experience testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone deficiencies, fatigue, headaches, body aches, lower immunity, insomnia, and prolonged infections.
Prolonged adrenal exhaust can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome, which is usually the result of long-standing stress and overwork. With Chronic Fatigue, a person who does a minor amount of physical or mental tasks may feel the need rest, and after exercising, it can take a person with chronic fatigue over an entire day to recover. While unexplained, constant fatigue is the main symptom of chronic fatigue, other symptoms may include headaches, body aches, a chronic sore throat, memory loss, no motivation, swollen lymph nodes, and nervousness.
If estrogen and progesterone are out of balance, painful periods or lack of a menstrual period can occur due to the fact that the hormones surrounding ovulation are uneven. During hormone decline, premenstrual symptoms can become more intense, and women can experience intense cramping, headaches, bloating, water retention, depression, and fatigue.
Metabolic syndrome is usually caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as a diet high in fat, sugar, and cholesterol, but hormones also influence metabolism and the forming of this syndrome. High blood pressure and high levels of fat and cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk for heart attacks, clogged arteries, heart disease, and strokes. Insulin is needed to balance blood sugar, and insulin resistance occurs when the body no longer recognizes it. When this happens, the body needs excessive amounts of insulin to balance blood sugar, which can lead to diabetes. Hormone decline can lead to increases in blood pressure, triglyceride levels, bad cholesterol, and insulin resistance.
Fibromyalgia is most common in women and is associated with abnormal amounts of neurotransmitters. Women with fibromyalgia usually feel pain in areas on their chests, arms, backs, or legs and areas that have dense layers of muscle. Light to no pressure in these areas can cause feelings of pain, and other symptoms can include mental fogginess, insomnia, fatigue, muscle and body aches or pain, burning pain, temperature changes, lower immunity, diarrhea, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.
PCOS usually occurs during a woman’s teens or early twenties, and it occurs when a woman has high levels of androgens, which are male hormones. This excessive amount of male hormones can interfere with the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and fertility, and it can cause a woman to form several cysts, which are fluid filled sacs, around the ovaries. Other symptoms may include weight gain, heavy periods, no ovulation, infertility, longer cycles, facial hair, body hair, ovarian cysts, and acne.