Conditions Treated with Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Cedar Rapids Iowa Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Stephanie Gray, DNP, offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy to men and women in the Cedar Rapids area. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help to reduce the affects of several conditions that are rooted in hormone imbalances. Replenishing deficient hormones can help to reduce or eliminate inconvenient symptoms and help men and women overcome the health challenges that can be brought on due to aging, stress, or autoimmune conditions.
Explore the list below to get a feel for some of the many conditions treated with bioidentical hormones in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and the Linn County Iowa area, and speak with your specialist, Stephanie Gray, DNP, to learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you start feeling and living better. Stephanie will review your symptoms and hormone profile to determine whether Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy will be an effective treatment option for you.
Some of the many conditions that can be improved with bioidentical hormones include:
Menopause happens as a result of ovarian hormone decline, and it occurs when the ovaries make inadequate amounts of estrogen and progesterone. This phase marks the end of the reproductive years, and a woman’s lifetime supply of eggs is depleted. Women are considered to have reached menopause when a menstrual period has not occurred for 12 consecutive months. Menopause typically occurs between ages of the early forties and late fifties. Symptoms of Menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, thinning bones, irritability, depression, muscle atrophy, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, fatigue, anxiety, and thinning hair.
Perimenopause is the period of transition to menopause, which slowly takes place around three to seven years before menopause. During this time, the ovaries begin to decline, and women begin to notice changes in their menstrual cycles. Women may experience dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, heavy or light periods, and early or late periods. Symptoms of perimenopause can include menstrual issues, increased PMS symptoms, bloating, water retention, low libido, acne, migraines, depression, mood changes, fatigue, weight gain, and infertility.
In men, the condition known as andropause, which refers to the decline of male hormones, occurs during a man’s mid to late forties or early fifties. As aging occurs, the testes production of testosterone begins to decline. Actually, male hormone decline occurs as early as a man’s 30’s, and hormone production begins to decrease at a rate of around 1% each year. By the time men reach andropause, the symptoms of hormone decline have become noticeable. Some of the symptoms that occur during andropause include low libido, muscle atrophy, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, poor workout performances, insomnia, loss of stamina and endurance, fatigue, increased abdominal fat, anxiety, depression, and lack of motivation.
- Adrenal fatigue
Over time, high amounts of stress can cause the adrenal glands to excrete cortisol in order to deal with the effects of stress. When cortisol is in high demand in the body, the body’s adrenal glands can become exhausted, which can cause valuable sex hormones to be broken down into cortisol. This can cause the symptoms of adrenal fatigue to occur, which can include mental and physical fatigue, insomnia, mental fogginess, body aches, nervousness, hair loss, and a lack of motivation.
- Chronic fatigue
While physicians are unsure as to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome, some doctors classify this issue as an autoimmune condition. Many patients report feeling like the flu is coming on, but the symptoms are chronic and an illness never sets in. This syndrome can be triggered by hormonal deficiencies that occur when the kidneys and adrenal glands are overworked. When the adrenal glands become exhausted the proper amount of hormones cannot be made, which may lead to ongoing fatigued. With chronic fatigue syndrome, a person may experience fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours, body aches, a chronic sore throat, poor memory, headaches, lack of concentration, and general malaise.
Hyperthyroid occurs when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone, and typical treatments for this condition involve stopping the production of thyroid hormone all together. Common symptoms of hyperthyroid may include intolerance to heat, amenorrhea, heart palpitations, nervousness, anxiety, increased bowel movements, increased heart rat, and sudden weight loss.
- Hypothyroid occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. A lack of thyroid hormone can affect several metabolic functions, and it regulates the body’s metabolism and synthesizes fats, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. Symptoms of hypothyroidism may include sudden weigh gain, thinning hair, constipation, intolerance to cold, depression, irregular menstruation, dry skin or nails, and facial edema.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help individuals to balance hormones and recover from the effects of hormone decline. Many women and men have recaptured their health and wellness and increased their quality of life. If you are suffering with any of the above conditions, or you believe you may be suffering from another hormone-related condition, you owe it to yourself to contact Cedar Rapids Iowa Bioidentical Hormones Specialist, Stephanie Gray, DNP, and have your hormones checked. Stephanie will review your complete medical history and hormone profile to determine the cause of your symptoms and decide whether Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an appropriate solution for you.