Bio-identical Hormone Therapy is a specialized field of medicine which consists of optimizing male and female hormones for hormone imbalance through the use of natural bio-identical hormone treatment.
Bio-identical Hormone Therapy has been used with great success by patients throughout Europe and the United States since the 1930’s and is currently being used to improve the lives of millions of men and women with hormonal imbalances including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Suzanne Somers, and Sylvester Stallone.
Bio-identical hormones are identical to the hormones that the human body produces and therefore, unlike synthetic hormones, Bio-identical Hormone Therapy has less risk of side effects and is extremely effective.
Studies show that natural Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy for men and women significantly improves ones quality of life and health while decreasing the risk of developing chronic illnesses in the future.
Benefits of BHT
- Eliminates night sweats and hot flashes
- Prevents vaginal thinning & dryness
- Improves energy levels
- Improves fat loss and muscle tone
- Improves sex drive
- Improves mood
- Improves sleep
- Improves memory and concentration
- Decreases skin winkles
- Protects bones from osteoporosis
- Reduces risks of heart disease
- Promotes hair re-growth on scalp
- Decreases joint pain and muscle aches
At ProGenix, we believe that while hormonal imbalance primarily affects those approaching middle age, it can definitely affect any age group. This is why we mainly focus on how an individual feels and not so much their age. Our patients range from early twenties to mid eighties.
Women Vs. Men
The hormonal make up of men and women differ greatly. Women face a far different set of challenges when it comes to a shortage or imbalance of hormones. The unique hormones found in women make them more susceptible to some illnesses (i.e. osteoporosis) than men, while making it unlikely or impossible to suffer from conditions that men might.
Women also face the hormonal challenges that come with getting pregnant or going through the extreme biological change that is menopause. These shifts in hormones could lead to such ill effects as thinning hair, gaining weight and vaginal dryness. The first step to correcting these nuisances associated with hormone shortage or imbalance is educating oneself on what causes them. Menopause and the hormonal shake-up of pregnancy might seem like unavoidable blockades in a woman’s journey through life, but their effects can be minimized through Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy.
For a man, testosterone is essential for the development of the reproductive tissues while he is still in the womb. During puberty, his levels of testosterone rise as the testicles produce it, peaking at about the age of 17. For the next 10 years or so, his testosterone remains at a relatively constant level. By early 30s, a man’s testosterone begins to slowly decline. By the age of 50, testosterone level may be about half of what it was at its peak.
While this is a natural part of aging many men experience a great deal of unpleasant symptoms related to the decrease in their testosterone levels. In addition to the physical challenges of low testosterone levels, certain men can experience symptoms more typically associated with women, like mood swings, hot flashes, anxiety, and depression. Fortunately, Bio-Identical hormone replacement therapy for men is a treatment that makes a world of difference.
Synthetic Hormones Vs. Bio-Identical Hormones
The most common way to treat hormone imbalances involves “one size fits all” concept with the use of synthetic drug hormones, one that comes with heightened risks. The synthetic drug hormones were created to be convenient for doctors to prescribe (basically one or two dosage strengths) and taken as pills. While there are certainly many individuals who have benefited from synthetic drug hormones in a variety of ways, they have also been shown in certain studies to relatively increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots.
Natural bio-identical hormones are compounded by pharmacists, and are customized for a patient’s individual needs. This is determined by testing hormone levels, and only with a doctor’s prescription. Restoring the body’s essential hormones to youthful levels offers protection from the effects of aging, often reversing many of the negative attributes that developed from hormone deficiency. Fatigue, exhaustion, sore muscles, stress, irritability, sleep disturbance, forgetfulness, and loss of mental clarity are too often blamed on our busy lives. Yet, when hormone levels in the blood are tested, it is noted that these symptoms are correlated to hormone deficiency, and will improve with hormone replacement. Simply put, bio-identical hormone replacement can be a safer, healthier, more effective way for many men and women to replace their lost hormones.