Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
The body’s hormones control most of basic body functions. The top 23 hormones and their control on the body functions are depicted in the following chart:
The hormones serve as an internal communication system between cells throughout the body. They coordinate everything from digestion and growth to appetite, immune function, mood, and libido. So, when hormones are out of balance, even slightly, it can have a big impact on health and well-being.
The timing of hormone imbalance and symptoms associated for men and women are different.
Andropause in men has only gain acceptance by the medical community within the past few years. It is a gradual reduction in testosterone production that may occur in middle-aged men and can begin as early as the age of 35.Low testosterone may also be caused by conditions affecting the testicles, like testicular cancer.Some of the most common symptoms associated with Andropause include fatigue, depression, decrease libido, night sweats, limited ability to concentrate or stay focused and erectile dysfunction.
Peri-menopause and menopause are terms frequently associated with hormone imbalance in women. Some of the symptoms associated include: post menopausal syndrome (PMS), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), irregular cycles, fertility issues, hot flashes, libido changes – low sex drive, Night sweats, abdominal weight gain, insomnia, headaches, depression, anxiety, fatigue and foggy head.
Signs and symptoms of Menopause and Andropause
Many of these symptoms are often treated with prescription drugs. The absence or imbalance of certain hormones has been found to be often the primary cause of such common patient complaints.With age, the body becomes less efficient in producing proper levels of natural hormones critical for major organ functions.Unhealthy life-style, poor nutrition, stress and toxins cause molecular stress inside the body and lead to serious hormonal imbalances.
As many of the symptoms overlap with each different hormone imbalance, it is important to test individual hormone levels before treating the individual. These hormones can be tested through saliva, blood or urine to determine the individual’s specific needs.