Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hiawatha Iowa Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Specialist, Stephanie Gray, DNP, uses bioidentical hormones to treat hormone imbalances in both men and women. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy uses hormones that are identical in molecular structure and function to the hormones produced in the human body. These hormones can replace deficient hormones in the human body that are important for overall health and wellness. Some of these hormones include:
Estrogen is one of the primary female sex hormones, and it helps women to maintain a youthful, feminine appearance, detoxify the brain, balance body temperature, and regulate sleep cycles. A lack of estrogen can cause hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, poor concentration, smaller breasts, wrinkling skin, and dull hair and nails.
Progesterone is another main female sex hormone, and it works to balance the effects of estrogen. This hormone works to inhibit tissue growth, while estrogen works to replace breast or uterine tissue, which is useful because cells die away and need to be replaced. However, when the estrogen to progesterone ratio gets out of control, women may face an increased risk of breast or uterine cancer, fibroids, or endometriosis. Progesterone also governs the menstrual cycle, and a lack of progesterone can lead to increased PMS, amenorrhea, infertility, and dysmenorrhea.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it helps both men and women to maintain energy, muscle mass, sexual function, and libido. A lack of testosterone can cause both women and men to feel fatigued, have flabby muscles, poor workout performances, reduced stamina, and reduced sex drive. In men, low testosterone may also lead to thinning hair, increased abdominal fat, insomnia, anxiety, depression, lack of motivation, thinning bones, and lack of motivation.
Pregnenolone is a building block for testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, and it is mostly made in the adrenal glands. When a person is overly stressed, the adrenal glands may break down this hormone to create more cortisol, which can lead to a deficiency of male and female sex hormones. This hormone also works to regulate the nervous system and promote calmness, and a lack of it may adversely affect moods and the nervous system.
DHEA is another precursor hormone, and it is made in the adrenal glands, the skin, and the brain. During a person’s 20’s this hormone is abundant, but as aging occurs, it tends to decline. A lack of DHEA can cause increased triglycerides, blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation, and abdominal fat. Lower levels of this hormone may also lead to reduced immune function and mood swings.
Human Growth Hormone is another important hormone that has often been thought of as the hormone of youth. This hormone helps teenagers to become grown during puberty, and the pituitary gland continues to secrete small amounts of this hormone throughout life. People that exercise more tend to have more human growth hormone, and it should not be replaced unless levels are truly deficient because it can cause the body to stop producing its own. Low levels of growth hormone can lead to fatigue, flabby muscles, insomnia, temperature imbalances, and aging.
Thyroid Hormone is one of the most important hormones in the human body, and there is no substitute for this hormone in the body. It helps to regulate almost all aspects of metabolism and allows the body to assimilate nutrients from food sources. A lack of thyroid hormone can lead to hypothyroidism, which causes sudden weight gain, constipation, intolerance to cold, and thinning hair. An excess of thyroid hormone leads to increased bowel movements, a faster heart rate, weight loss, intolerance to heat, anxiety, nervousness, and mood swings.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to replace hormones that become deficient with aging and hormone decline. Many people have been able to restore health and wellness with bio-identical hormone replacement.