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WHAT IS BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (BHRT)

Bio identical hormones have a chemical structure that is IDENTICAL to the hormone produced in the body. The pure biologically identical hormone is either extracted from plants or synthetically manufactured. The end product is identical to the natural hormone in the body.

Bio Identical Hormone Replacement therapy is a safe and effective way to optimize hormones because the molecular compounds are similar to those that are naturally produced in your own body. Because of this, you can safely get back the benefits that normal hormone levels provide—like more energy, sleep, mental acuity, strength, libido, and more.

  • ESTROGEN
  • PROGESTERONE
  • DHEA
  • TESTOSTERONE
  • THYROID HORMONE
  • MEALTONIN

In women, estrogen and progesterone are the primary female sex hormones. Multiple symptoms occur when there is imbalance in hormonal levels especially related to aging.

The three main estrogens are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estrogens are believed to be protective against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and memory disorders. Estrogen helps women to regulate body temperature, maintain lustrous hair and nails, promote skin elasticity, increase libido, and improve memory and brain function. It also protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and prevents symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and poor temperature regulation (e.g. “hot Flashes”).

The three main estrogens are estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), and estriol (E3). Estrogens are believed to be protective against heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and memory disorders. Estrogen helps women to regulate body temperature, maintain lustrous hair and nails, promote skin elasticity, increase libido, and improve memory and brain function. It also protects against vaginal atrophy, urinary incontinence, and prevents symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and poor temperature regulation (e.g. “hot Flashes”).

Progesterone is primarily produced in the ovary just prior to and after ovulation. It is also produced in large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy and in small quantities by the adrenal glands. PROGESTERONE stands for pro-gestational the hormone of pregnancy.

When you are taking bio-identical estrogen, your physician will possibly put you on this hormone as well as it works to protect against breast cancers, uterine cancer, fibrocystic disease and ovarian cysts.

Unfortunately, most women are prescribed Provera, a synthetic horse derived progestin, which can cause side effects such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, and heart disease. Bio-identical progesterone does NOT have these side effects.

  • Loss of Libido, Inability to think clearly
  • Unexpected Weight Gain
  • Hot flashes, hot flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
  • Irregular heartbeat, Irritable or Moody, sudden tears
  • Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
  • Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer
  • cycles
  • Food Cravings, Crashing fatigue
  • Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
  • Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom
  • Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
  • Disturbing memory lapses
  • Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons
  • Increased tension in muscles
  • Breast tenderness
  • Sudden bouts of bloating
  • Depression
  • Exacerbation of existing conditions
  • Increase in allergies
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue/loss of energy
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Decrease in sexual libido/interest/desire
  • Hair growth on face
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Palpitations
  • Varicose veins
  • Urinary leakage
  • Dizzy spells/vertigo
  • Panic attacks
  • Skin feeling crawly
  • Migraine headaches
  • Memory lapses
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Weird dreams
  • Vaginal itching
  • Lower back pain
  • Bloated Flatulence/gas
  • Indigestion
  • Osteoporosis
  • Aching ankles, knees, wrists, shoulders, heels
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Snoring
  • Sore breasts

Testosterone is a hormone normally associated with men, but is also found in women. Testosterone is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, testes and ovaries. Testosterone is the hormone that plays a key role in male reproduction, muscle growth, bone mass and body hair. As men age, their testosterone level decreases causing many unwanted symptoms.

It contributes to strength and endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of well-being and psychological status. It leads to improved lean muscle mass, tones the skin, increased bone density, improved lipid profile, improves immunity healing and repair, and is definitely known to increase libido and sexual performance when used under medical supervision.

Testosterone is also known to protect against many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, arthritis and obesity. Testosterone supplementation is highly recommended for both men and women as it’s a very important hormone for energy and well-being.

Menopause in females is a well-known, openly discussed, well-studied phenomenon. However, its equivalent in males – ANDROPAUSE – is COMPLETELY ignored and many a times a taboo subject.

Depression• Reduced self-confidence• Difficulty concentrating• Disturbed sleep. Declining muscle and bone mass• Increased body fat• Fatigue• Swollen or tender breasts• Flushing or hot flashes. Lower sex drive• Fewer spontaneous erections• Difficulty sustaining erections.

Controversies About Testosterone: There have always been controversies regarding use of testosterone. Typically when testosterone is discussed in men, it’s discussed as abuse among body builders or athletes; which has resulted in the perception that testosterone supplementation is dangerous. Recently there have been many more controversies regarding use of testosterone supplements regarding clots and causing cancer. However there are scientific studies to show that these fears are unfounded.
Important Study medscape.com/article/849521.

When used to normalize a man’s testosterone levels, testosterone supplementation can reduce the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and all-cause mortality, a large new retrospective study of a Veterans Affairs (VA) population indicates.

More than any other hormone, the thyroid hormone is most responsible for improvement in energy and reducing fatigue.

Thyroid hormones are made by the thyroid gland located in the front of your neck. The thyroid gland makes and releases two thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Thyroid hormones affect every cell and all the organs of the body. Too much thyroid hormone speeds things up and too little thyroid hormone slows things down.

Thyroid Hormones:

Control the rate at which your body burns calories (your metabolism). This affects whether you gain or lose weight. Can slow down or speed up your heartbeat. Can raise or lower your body temperature. Change how fast food moves through your digestive tract. Affect muscle strength. Control how quickly your body replaces dying cells.

Symptoms may be vague and can often mimic other conditions, they may include:

Changes in the menstrual cycle, Constipation, Depression

Dry hair and hair loss, Dry skin

Fatigue, Greater sensitivity to cold

Slow heart rate, Swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter)

Unexplained weight gain, Difficulty losing weight

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Proper testing is required to evaluate your thyroid hormone levels. Generally we check something called the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), which is secreted by the pituitary gland. Its level unfortunately does not give a full picture of the thyroid function. Even the interpretation of this test is mostly flawed. Unfortunately, this leaves millions suffering unnecessarily.
Other tests, including free T3 and free T4 and thyroid antibodies, ARE CRITICAL .

At Lifestyle Physicians, clinic thyroid hormone evaluation will be a regular part of your work up.

Melatonin is a natural hormone made by your body’s pineal gland. This is a pea-sized gland located just above the middle of the brain. Melatonin plays a role in your natural sleep-wake cycle. Natural levels of melatonin in the blood are highest at night. Daytime levels of melatonin are barely detectable. The hormone melatonin produces a number of health benefits in terms of immune system. It’s a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps combat inflammation. Melatonin deficiency results in poor sleep, jet lag, irritability, hypersensitivity and premature aging.

PLEASE NOTE THAT HORMONES CANNOT BE PATENTED. NO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY WILL INVEST MONEY WHEN THERE IS NO RETURN. LARGE HORMONE STUDY BY THE WOMEN HEALTH INITIAITVE (WHI) WAS DONE UTILIZING THE DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS AND FORMS OF ESTROEGEN AND PROGESTERIN. A portion of this study was terminated because of significant increased incidence of breast cancer. It was actually the Progestin (PROVERA) that was responsible for the increased incidence of breast cancer.

Provera is not progesterone –it is medroxyprogesterone.

“Fear of breast cancer is the strongest factor limiting postmenopausal hormone use. The most powerful study to date definitively demonstrated that estrogen does not cause an increase risk for cancer. The increased risk was associated only with taking the progestin (Provera®) and not estrogen.” JAMA 2004;291(24): 2947-2958.rone.

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